As we pointed out on Wednesday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) “fits the tradition” of notorious Nazi sympathizer Father Charles Coughlin. He also made the outrageous comment that he had a “black Irish look.” On Thursday, Glenn Beck lost it when he heard the comparison.
“I think this is really staggering what he said here,” Beck said. He went on to say that Coughlin was actually a progressive and not a conservative.
“He’s Hispanic and Cuban!” Beck noted of Cruz and the comment. “It is the most racist thing! I can’t believe we live–!”
As Urban Dictionary and Newsbusters note, “Black Irish” is a term referring to “one who is of irish decent but has dark hair and olive skin.”
Beck’s co-hosts also pointed out a few other oddities and contradictions that you can see below:
If you need a refresher, here’s what Matthews said:
“This guy goes pretty far, but I think he fits in the tradition of Father Coughlin, and [Joe] McCarthy, and of course, and maybe to a lesser extent, Pat Buchanan, and [Bill] O’Reilly. These guys are hard right-wing guys, they look a lot alike — they have what we call the ‘black Irish look’ to them — they don’t smile much.”
He continued, “it’s quite a tradition here but it does run to the right of the regular Republican Party.”
Watch below, via Mediaite:
TheBlaze’s Madeleine Morgenstern contributed to this story. This story has been updated.