MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Tuesday ripped Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) over his hours-long anti-Obamacare speech on the Senate floor, part of a gutsy attempt to prevent Democrats from restoring the funds to the health care law that the House voted to remove.

Chris Matthews Loses It Over Ted Cruzs Anti Obamacare Senate Speech: He Is a Problem For Our Republic

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Matthews said Cruz is not a “legislator” or trying to “change government the way its formulated and carried out.”

“He is a problem for our Republic,” the host later declared.

Matthews also went after Cruz for questioning Chuck Hagel’s foreign ties in a “Joe McCarthy fashion” during his confirmation hearing.

“He has contempt for the American political system. He is not a member of any political party that I can tell,” he said. “His behavior has been totally and utterly destructive.”

Americans have not learned a “single thing about Obamacare” because of Ted Cruz, he added. “He doesn’t teach, he is a demagogue.”

After listening to Matthews and his panel fume about Cruz and his “antics,” it’s pretty clear the Texas Republican has struck a nerve.

Watch the clip via MSNBC below:

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(H/T: Mediaite)