MSNBC’s Chuck Todd appeared as a panelist on “Morning Joe” Monday, relating a statement from what he described as a “very smart” White House aide.

After a discussion of TIME columnist Joe Klein’s recent article– in which he argued that Abraham Lincoln would “cut” deals for the greater good and Obama must be a similar “master politician”– Todd weighed in.

“You’re going to like this,” he began. “So, I threw the Lincoln analogy at a close aide to the president last week, and he said, ‘You know, with this Republican– with the way politics of Washington are today– there’d still be slavery.  Lincoln wouldn’t have been able to navigate the polarization between the media, between this…’”

Rather than condemn the comment as inaccurate or incendiary, Chuck contributed: “It was an interesting and depressing observation from this very smart White House aide.”

Here is video of the comments, via The Weekly Standard:

And here is the full context, via MSNBC:

(H/T: Weekly Standard)

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