In his unending quest to find reasons to call Republicans racist, Chris Matthews of MSNBC stumbled Monday night onto yet another example of GOP bigotry: Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a Hispanic, returning to Texas and stating, “Gee, it’s great to be back in America.”
That innocuous joke set off the irascible Matthews, who proceeded to suggest that by saying that Washington, D.C. was not America, Cruz was secretly saying that blacks and Hispanics aren’t American. Here’s Matthews:
Let me start tonight with this. It’s a little weird, but is Chicago part of America? Is Philadelphia my hometown where I’m going to address the National Constitution Center tomorrow — is Philly part of America? Is L.A.? Is San Francisco? Is Austin, Texas? …. This “We’re Americans, we white people out here in Texas, as opposed to people who live in the big cities: the ethnics, the blacks, the browns. Those people in Washington, those liberals, they’re not Americans.” This guy either has a total lack of understanding of American history and the hell we went through in the McCarthy period, or he knows it damn well and is playing that card.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).