- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 6, 2013

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews went on a tirade Wednesday night against Republicans and their continued opposition to Susan Rice, President Obama’s newest national security advisor.

Speaking with The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman and The Daily Beast’s Peter Beinart, the “Hardball” host suggested that the GOP is, once again “beating the hell out of an African-American woman.”

“I mean, don’t they feel any hesitance on just the gender and the ethnic front,” he asked. “Here they are, the old white guys, kicking the hell out of another African-American candidate for something.”

Mr. Matthews then decided to focus on the word “liar.”

“The discourse coming from that side, I don’t use that word liar. I don’t like it being used. Because it gets to motive and you don’t know what is in another person’s heart,” he said. “How do these people get away with talking like this, I mean anywhere, even on Fox?

Mr. Beinart responded by saying that Republicans are attempting to hide behind the administration’s scandals in order to avoid the “hard work” of reaching out to Americans.

“Peter, again to you. Why do they get the idea, if it isn’t ethnic, and I’ll just leave the possibility that it’s not. Why do they just assume evil on the part of Obama?” Mr. Matthews asked. “I mean he’s raised, his whole life has been crystal clear and clean as a whistle and transparent. We know his whole life through all the great excellent education he’s had. The good pro-bono work he’s done through his life. He’s never been a money grubber. He’s never done anything wrong in his life, legally ethically, whatever. His family is picture-perfect. The way he’s raised those daughters. Everything is clean as a whistle. And yet, they just refer to him as evil. They just refer to him as a liar. I’ve got to believe it’s ethnic with these people. They just got a problem with this guy being president, is there any other evidence to justify why they keep calling him a bad man? And that’s what they do.”

Mr. Beinhart responded by saying Benghazi is like “catnip” for Republicans who don’t believe the president takes terrorism seriously.

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