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Published On: Wed, Jan 25th, 2017

Chris Matthews compares President Trump to Kim Jong-un, repeats Mussolini remarks on killing Jared Kushner

The media continued with their extreme descriptions of President Trump and his administration as Hardball host Chris Matthews likened Trump on Tuesday to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and then repeated his insulting Inauguration Day about Trump channeling Mussolini if he executed son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Matthews drew on then-President Bill Clinton and the lies concerning his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky and White House press secretary Sean Spicer being told to lie to America “because when you start to getting into making your people lie with you and use the United States government — cabinet secretaries are going to be asked this.”

Matthews offered this analogy “They’re going to have to lie with them. You’re misusing your office thoroughly, you know? It gets to be like Kim Jong-un. It gets to be like, oh, you got a great haircut today, Mr. President. Or everything’s great. Or what at the end of the street — you know, at least this time. What do they say about Kim Jong, he thinks he’s the greatest novelist in the world — the greatest everything in the world and they’re all supposed to say it.”

Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn interjected, joking that Kim is a basketball fan so “he can play basketball really well.”

Matthews laughed and Corn agreed with the link, “But this is a problem on so many — it’s a problem on so many levels. You’ve been there. If you can’t take advice on these issues of war and peace and the economy and you can’t accept other facts that are beyond what you assume, you can’t make good decisions, the people around you can’t do their jobs and the American public loses faith in you as it already has.”

A few minutes later, as the laughter grew even louder as Matthews wondered “who’s going to mess with the son-in-law” when there’s a disagreement “[a]lthough Mussolini executed his son-in-law, so there are precedents here.”

Via Newsbusters, here’s the transcript from MSNBC’s Hardball on January 24:

MSNBC’s Hardball
January 24, 2017
7:11 p.m. Eastern

CHRIS MATTHEWS: You know, during the — I’m going to go a little bipartisan. You weren’t here, but I was here during the whole Clinton mess and, for a long time, I sort of watched the people around and think who’s going to be honest about this real mess because you have a President saying something that’s not true. Everybody knows it’s not true. He did have this relationship — for whatever you think of it, it was fact. But some people around him like Carville would never deny it. He would just say that itsy bitsy sex thing with his Alabama accent. In other words, he never denied it and I always kept track of the ones who denied it and played like Spicer has to do because when you start to getting into making your people lie with you and use the United States government — cabinet secretaries are going to be asked this. They’re going to have to lie with them. You’re misusing your office thoroughly, you know? It gets to be like Kim Jong-un. It gets to be like, oh, you got a great haircut today, Mr. President. Or everything’s great. Or what at the end of the street — you know, at least this time. What do they say about Kim Jong, he thinks he’s the greatest novelist in the world — the greatest everything in the world and they’re all supposed to say it.

DAVID CORN: Yeah and he can play basketball really well.

MATTHEWS: He’s a great basketball player, well.

CORN: But this is a problem on so many —

MATTHEWS: If you make people lie for you.

CORN: — it’s a problem on so many levels. You’ve been there. If you can’t take advice on these issues of war and peace and the economy and you can’t accept other facts that are beyond what you assume, you can’t make good decisions, the people around you can’t do their jobs and the American public loses faith in you as it already has.

(….)

MATTHEWS: This isn’t Secretary Seward against Salmon Chase here, by the way. These are White House people.

MICHAEL STEELE: No. No. This isn’t that deep.

MATTHEWS: But who’s going to mess with the son-in-law?

STEELE: Right and at the end of the day —

[CROSSTALK]

ASHLEY PARKER: No one. No one.

STEELE: — that’s the line. Proximity, proximity, proximity.

MATTEHWS: Although Mussolini executed his son-in-law, so there are precedents here.

[LAUGHTER]

STEELE: Well, there are — there’s precedent for that.  The reality is proximity and it’s not just proximity of office space. It’s proximity to the ear of the President.

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professional in 2008 on sites like Examiner and blogs: Desk of Brian, Crazed Fanboy. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) will be a licensed Assembly of God Pastor by the Spring of 2017. "Why do we do this?" I was asked and the answer is simple. "I just want the truth. I want a source of information that tells me what's going and clearly attempts to separate opinion from fact. Set aside left and right, old and young, just point to the world and say, 'Look!'" To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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