Chris Matthews on Tuesday smeared Pennsylvania Republicans as attempting
to "kill off the older voters" by enacting a new voter ID law in the
state. The liberal Hardball host offered this baseless charge during a discussion of the true motive behind such GOP legislation across the country.
Matthews referenced Pennsylvania Majority Leader Mike Turzai's gaffe that a voter ID law will help the party win the state in the fall. From that, Matthews spewed, "Let's get to this GOP leader in the Keystone state and other states, this plan to kill off the older voters and others who might be planning, how dare they, to vote for Obama." [MP3 audio here.]
Matthew didn't elaborate on how he connects voter ID laws with "killing off the older voters."
Matthews began the segment by mocking, "Let me start tonight with this nut case up in Pennsylvania."
He theorized, "How rare it is when the perpetrator of a political scheme confesses its political nature and that's what Majority Leader Mike Turzai did this weekend."
A transcript of the June 26 exchange can be found below: