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Chris Matthews: Wayne LaPierre's Speeches Have "Racial Tinge"

Chris Matthews: Wayne LaPierre's Speeches Have "Racial Tinge"


On the Feb. 14 airing of Hardball, Chris Matthews and former PA Gov. Ed Rendell got so worked up over Wayne LaPierre’s “Stand and Fight” speech that they played the race card against the NRA. 

Rendell said LaPierre’s reference to natural disasters which may cause families to fend for themselves had “heavy racial overtones.”

And Matthews said of LaPierre: “This guys the boss…It’s like when Rush Limbaugh speaks and everyone goes to hide in a cave because they are afraid of [him]. This guy, no matter what he says, [even when] it has a racial tinge, no one calls him out on it.” 

Both men made it clear they were bothered by Republicans’ refusals to distance themselves from LaPierre, and the by extension, the NRA. 

Rendell went so far as to say, “If the Republican party wants to do anything in the future, in the next five to ten years, they need to disavow [the NRA] now.”

My take: If Republicans want to win, they need to do the opposite of everything Matthews and Rendell say. 

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