MSNBC’s Chris Matthews declared Wednesday that he’s “got to believe” opposition to President Obama is “ethnic in nature,” since the president has “never done anything wrong in his life — legally, ethically, whatever.”

President Obama’s administration is currently embroiled in a slew of scandals.  They include the IRS’s admitted targeting of conservatives, the DOJ intimidating reporters, the NSA collecting phone records on millions of Verizon customers daily, Fast and Furious, and Benghazi.

But Matthews opined:

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?

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 throughout 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 just got to believe it’s ethnic with these people.  They’ve 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.  [Emphasis added]

Matthews was discussing the president’s nomination of Susan Rice — well-known for pushing the narrative that the Benghazi attack was a spontaneous response to a YouTube video — to the position of national security adviser when he made the declaration.

He also likened opposition to Ms. Rice to “beating the hell out of an African-American woman again.”

Watch Matthews’ remarks courtesy of MRC-TV, below:

Matthews isn’t the only one at MSNBC to turn the president’s scandals into a racial matter.

Fellow MSNBC host Martin Bashir said Wednesday that “Republicans are using [the IRS scandal] as their latest weapon in the war against the black man.”  He went on to imply that the letters “IRS” are really veiled code for the “n-word.”

(H/T: Newsbusters)

This post has been updated.

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