MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is under fire after comparing Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Nevada assemblies to the Nazi invasion of France in 1940.
The “hardball” host is now under pressure to resign after referring to the historical comparison during an on-air conversation with Brian Williams.
In the widespread clip, he analyzes Mr. Sanders’ votes and compares his strong early performance with the lackluster votes of Joe Biden and other moderates.
In conclusion, he says: “I read about the fall of France last night [to the Nazis] in the summer of 1940.
“And General Reynaud calls Churchill and says,” It’s over. “
And Churchill says, ‘How can that be? You have the largest army in Europe. How can it be over “He said,” It’s over. “
Although he failed to name them explicitly, his comments indicate that he compared Mr. Sanders to the Nazis.
It was considered by some to be particularly insensitive since the Jewish Sanders had killed most of his family in the Holocaust.
Mike Casca, Mr. Sander’s communications director, said: “I never thought that part of my job would be to ask a national news network to stop campaigning with a third party for a Jewish presidential candidate whose family was wiped out by the Nazis Compare rich. But here we are. “
David Sirota, who also works for Mr. Sanders, also tweeted his disapproval. Mr. Sirota wrote that just a few days earlier, another American journalist, Chuck Todd, had read a passage comparing Mr. Sanders’ voices to the Nazi brown shirts, and added, “Bernie is a Jew and his family killed by the Nazis. None of this is okay. “
Journalist Alex Kotch wrote: “Exceptionally, I’m not being sarcastic here. I’m dead serious. I’m really, really offended by a great expert on an allegedly liberal news network that overwhelmed a Jewish candidate’s overwhelming caucus victory with the loss of a struggle French against the Nazis. Get that madman out of the air. “
Another Twitter user, Krishan Patel, wrote: “He should be fired immediately.”
On Saturday, Mr. Sanders won the Caucuses in Nevada through an obvious landslide that developed into a solid Democratic leader and brought his campaign one step closer to the takeover of Donald Trump in November.
Matthews also claimed that the Trump team “sits on so much opposition research on Bernie … including his views on what’s going on in the world.” He added, “You will kill him.”
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