Chris Matthews, who has repeatedly compared conservatives to Nazis, indignantly objected to a North Carolina state senator comparing ObamaCare to Nazism. Showing no self awareness, Matthews on Monday sneered, "Ted Cruz has a formidable challenger in the hyperbole department these days when it comes to Hitler references."
The Hardball anchor complained, "This weekend, a Republican state senator from North Carolina tweeted this gem -- quote -- 'Justice Roberts' pen and Obamacare has done more damage to the USA than the swords of the Nazis, the Soviets, and terrorists combined.'" But it was Matthews who, on October 22, 2012, attacked, "Is it in society's interests for [a young woman's] boss to be able to be the birth control Nazi to decide who gets it and who doesn't?" [An MP3 audio comparison of the two quotes can be here.]
On November 26, 2012, while discussing the presidential election, guest Howard Fineman insisted that conservatives view African Americans and Hispanics as "extraterrestrial." Matthews derided, "The last guy to refer to the black auxiliary was Hitler."
On November 7, 2012, the MSNBC anchor laughed at Nazi comparisons made by liberal comedian Bill Maher.
Clearly, Matthews is in no position to judge "the hyperbole" about "Hitler references."
A transcript of Matthews's December 16 remarks can be found below:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Plus, another sign that if you're a conservative, you can't be against the affordable health care act enough. A Republican state senator said the law has done more damage to the U.S. than the Nazis, the Soviets and the terrorists combined. And that wasn't even the weirdest Republican remark about the law this weekend.
MATTHEWS: Ted Cruz has a formidable challenger in the hyperbole department these days when it comes to Hitler references, of course, in describing the Affordable Care Act. This weekend, a Republican state senator from North Carolina tweeted this gem -- quote -- 'Justice Roberts' pen and Obamacare has done more damage to the USA than the swords of the Nazis, the Soviets, and terrorists combined.' Top that, Ted Cruz.
Anyway, "The Charlotte Observer" reports that the North Carolina Republican Party chairman said that the state senator should apologize, but the state senator in this case -- his name is Bob Rucho -- is standing firm. He told a reporter from that paper -- quote -- "The bottom line is I still believe fully that the negative impact on the finances of North Carolina and its people is going to be significantly impacted even in comparison to any of those wars that occurred. People need to open their ears or their eyes. And this is a serious problem."