Mitt Romney, The GOP and Food Stamps: 30 Things Chris Matthews Thinks are Racist [Video/Twitter]
This campaign year, it seems, will be remembered by some as the year of the race card, first starting with Joe Biden's ridiculous "put ya'll back in chains" gaffe, and then moving to Mitt Romney's Friday quip about the place of president Obama's birth.
While campaigning among a group of fellow Michiganers last Friday, Romney was heard making the following statement:
"No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."
When asked about the comment, Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus downplayed it Friday saying that "birtherism" was not presidential-hopeful Romney's intention.
"He's a Michigander," said Priebus said "He's making the point that we're ahead in Michigan, we're doing well in these battleground states and he's making a point that, 'I'm from Michigan, I was born here.'"
Perhaps this is true, but maybe we could find a less offensive way to make the point than through questioning the origins of our commander-in-chief?
At any rate, the comment has continued to fuel the furnace of loyal members within the democratic party, most notably that of MSNBC's Chris Matthews.
Matthews, the host of a nightly political talk show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, on MSNBC was found ripping into Priebus during Morning Joe, accusing the republican party of playing a race card with the birth certificate joke. Though initially Priebus played off the stack as humorous before long things got pretty heated and soon the Chariman refused to even continue the argument.
In a later explanation for why he backed down Priebus said:
"When someone wants to grab the flag and try to be the biggest jerk in the room, sometimes you just let them go".
Not having had enough of the argument, Matthews then went on to argue with Newt Gingrich later that day about the same issue, dubbing Newt Gingrich a racist for calling Obama a "food stamp president". According to Matthews this statement was nothing more than "race baiting".
When asked what was meant by a "food stamp president" Gingrich quickly inserted this rebuttal:
"A 'food stamp president' is the guy whose policies are so destructive, that he creates the longest unemployment since the Great Depression and he puts more people on food stamps - most of them white - than anybody else,"
Gingrich then went on to get in a near humorous jab at the ranting MSNBC anchor, seething in front of him.
"Why do you assume food stamp refers to blacks?" Gingrich said "What kind of racist thinking do you have? You're being a racist because you assume they're black!"
Matthews has certainly gotten his panties into a wad over this one, so much so that little coming out his mouth makes any real sense.
Apparently a number of people found the "race card" accusation as humorous as I, and before long trending Twitter hashtag #thingchrismatthewsthinksareracist was born.
Scrolling through the variety of quips available there here are a few that kinda made my evening! Enjoy!
30. #ThingsChrisMatthewsThinksAreRacist Black licorice
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