In the A-Block of Wednesday’s Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews misplaced his cool in denouncing Republicans like Congressman Devin Nunes (Calif.) and Senator Ron Johnson (Wisc.) as part of a “group of munchkins” being “pushed around and led around” by their staffs and the White House in publishing the controversial intelligence memos and FBI texts.
“I don’t think this guy Johnson looks like he’s that serious a person. I don’t think Nunes is that serious a person. I look at these guys being pushed around and led around by their staff all looking for jobs at the White House. There’s something screwy about these guys,” stated Matthews on the 7:07 p.m. Eastern mark.
Matthews added that Johnson and Nunes seem incapable of answering questions nevertheless as a substitute “numb and you go wait a minute, if this guy’s behind all this thing about writing up these memos and seems so intellectual, how come when you interview them on television, there’s not much sort of a brain power there.” Therefore, in his e-e-book, the pair must be colluding with the White House to hawk misleading knowledge.
Moments later, Matthews bemoaned to former presidential candidate Evan McMullin that he “smell[s] a lot of staff people, a whole bunch of them — not a big bunch but a small bunch of them all ganging around, trying to get big jobs with the Trump administration at NSC and places like that — all around the Eisenhower Executive Building.”
Alluding to Johnson and Nunes, he declared that they’re not elected officers and even aides nevertheless “operatives working for the Trump crowd” and thus don’t resemble “the regular Republican Party, Evan.”
The MSNBC pundit then dropped the juvenile insult:
I don’t see a Republican Party. I hate to say it. They are quiet on the sidelines. Republicans are behaving like sideliners whereas this little group of people, the an identical group of munchkin working spherical backwards and forwards with the EOB with paper saying I’ve obtained one factor. I’ve obtained this issue. This has been going on for two or three months now[.]
In this politically proper world, it’s not an extreme quantity of to exit on a limb and say that “munchkins” is perhaps thought-about offensive to of us with dwarfism or of temporary stature.
To see the associated transcript from MSNBC’s Hardball on February 7, click on on “expand.”
February 7, 2018
7:07 p.m. Eastern
CHRIS MATTHEWS: What are the Republicans concerned in discovering out? What do they want to know they have no idea the now? I don’t assume this man Johnson seems like he’s that important a person. I don’t assume Nunes is that important a person. I check out these guys being pushed spherical and led spherical by their staff all looking for jobs on the White House. There’s one factor screwy about these guys. When you ask them a question, they don’t seem to know the reply, they don’t seem very clear-headed about it and even that . They seem a bit bit numb and in addition you go wait a minute, if this man’s behind all this issue about writing up these memos and seems so psychological, how come in the event you interview them on television, there’s not lots type of a thoughts vitality there. I don’t get it. Somebody’s pushing this issue for the White House. They’re working collectively. It’s fascinating to take a look at. I don’t want it, but it surely absolutely’s going on. What do you see proper right here, Maya? What’s going on proper right here by the use of altering the primary focus of most people away from this investigation of the President and the Russians into this completely different space?
MAYA HARRIS: Well, I indicate, it’s been — you are correct, Chris. I need such as you that we actually had a important investigation going on into what occurred with Russia interfering in our elections.
MATTHEWS: But I odor quite a few staff of us, a whole bunch of them — not a large bunch nevertheless a small bunch of all of them ganging spherical, attempting to get huge jobs with the Trump administration at NSC and areas like that — all through the Eisenhower Executive Building. They carry this man down — Nunes — down there, give him supplies, ship him once more the next day to the West Wing, they’re using him like an operative. These congressmen and senators are performing — they aren’t even staffer and they also’re operatives working for the Trump crowd. This simply is not the widespread Republican Party, Evan. I don’t see a Republican Party. I hate to say it. They are quiet on the sidelines. Republicans are behaving like sideliners whereas this little group of people, the an identical group of munchkin working spherical backwards and forwards with the EOB with paper saying I’ve obtained one factor. I’ve obtained this issue. This has been going on for two or three months now.