During his show on MSNBC Thursday, Chris Matthews made the case that the leaders of the GOP were speaking in racial “dog whistles” to tell voters that they “don’t like black presidents.”

Using clips from people like Donald Trump and John Sununu, Matthews asked former Republican Congressman J.C. Watts whether he agreed that “these are signals to people: we don’t like black presidents?” He was unable to get the answer he was looking for.

“I think it’s unfair to paint with a broad brush and say that all Republicans,” Watts began, but was cut off.

“Sununu was one of their number one surrogates,” Matthews said, seemingly making the case that he speaks for the majority of the Republican Party.

“I was critical of the Romney folks. They had no diversity in their campaign,” Watts said.

Watch the clip via MSNBC/Mediaite below: