During “Hardball” on Wednesday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews took on the daunting task of calling out all the “racist” things conservatives say, which, according to him, constantly “trickles out” every week. For anyone who is keeping score, the words “monkeying,” “watermelon,” and the phrase “shuck and jive” are all racist, the host revealed.
“The blatantness of this thing, I think, went through the roof the other day when Sarah Palin, who people have mixed views, put out a Facebook post titled ‘Obama’s shuck and jive ends with Benghazi lies,’” Matthews said to his guest, syndicated columnist Clarence Page.
“A dog whistle is a dog whistle. A trumpet call is another,” he continued, adding that “shuck and jive” has an “ethnic connection.”
After explaining the history of the term and mentioning that it originated in the South, Page said it disturbed him more that Palin was “jumping to conclusions” regarding the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission on Benghazi.
“That’s just paranoid politics,” he said.
But Matthews was sure it was just racism. “When you keep doing this stuff like — look at this Thompson, the kid of Tommy Thompson,” Matthews said. “I got nothing against Tommy Thompson, but he’s raising his kids wrong when the kid shouts out at some event that…[Obama] is from Kenya.”
Matthews said the racism just “trickles out” every couple weeks. The MSNBC host even found a way to find racist undertones in Donald Trump’s statement that Obama was “monkeying” with the unemployment numbers when the rate dropped to 7.8 percent earlier this month.
Jonathan Alter, Bloomberg View columnist and MSNBC contributor, agreed with Matthews and said conservatives are displaying “rank racism.”
“Shuck and Jive, that’s like talking about watermelon or, for Jews, talking about Jews are greedy or Irish are drunk or whatever. These are racist tropes and we need to call them what they are,” Alter said.
Matthews and Alter also agreed that Trumps “big Obama announcement” on Wednesday, offering $5 million for the president’s college transcripts, was racist as well and about proving Obama was an “affirmative action” student.
“He’s basically saying Barack Obama was too stupid to be at Columbia because he was an affirmative action student,” Alter added. “It’s racist.”
Matthews followed up with this extremely difficult to follow statement: “Anybody out there, by the way, thinks we’re saying things, it’s over and over again. And if you think we’re saying things, you’re dead wrong and you’re dangerous.”
Got that? Good.
“As a white person, I think it’s a statement against the white people to talk like this,” Matthews said after playing a clip of Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu saying he wishes Obama would learn how to be an “American.”
“It’s a sickness by the white people. Anyway, they ought to be ashamed of themselves,” he concluded.
Watch the clip via MSNBC below:
UPDATE: Sarah Palin has posted the following message on her Facebook page:
For the record, there was nothing remotely racist in my use of the phrase “shuck and jive” – a phrase which many people have used, including Chris Matthews, Andrew Cuomo, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to name a few off the top of my head. In fact, Andrew Cuomo also used the phrase in reference to Barack Obama, and the fact that Mr. Cuomo and I used the phrase in relation to President Obama signifies nothing out of the ordinary. I would have used the exact same expression if I had been writing about President Carter, whose foreign policy rivaled Obama’s in its ineptitude, or about the Nixon administration, which was also famously rocked by a cover-up.
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