The Huffington Post reports that NBC’s Chris Matthews, longtime host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” took the opportunity at an event Thursday to publicly insult New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Responding to a question with a joke, Matthews said he felt bad for Christie’s wife. The obvious insinuation is that the overweight governor crushes her during sex:
Two days after Election Day, Chris Christie has crushed his opponent. Is he gonna be the Republican …” began McGrath.
“The one I feel for is his wife,” Matthews cut in.
After a brief pause, some chuckled as McGrath asked, “Why’s that?”
“Did you just say, ‘crush?'” Matthews said. “I mean, use your imagination.”
The crowd erupted.
This is not the first time Matthews has publicly mocked Christie’s weight:
Matthews said during a “Q & A Cafe” event two years ago with Carol Joynt, “He must be 300-plus, and that’s something he’s just gotta deal with, because you’re not going to say, ‘I’m going to cut the budget,’ well, how about starting with supper?”
In their efforts to undermine a likely GOP presidential candidate, the mainstream media have taken issue with Christie’s weight in various ways, ranging from cheap shots to scare tactics. Earlier this week, Time Magazine declared Christie the “elephant in the room” on its cover. Earlier this year, CNN’s Jim Acosta warned Americans that Christie could die in the Oval Office.
It is also no coincidence that Politico piled on today with a “serious” piece examining Christie’s weight.
The media love Christie when he is hugging Barack Obama and trashing conservatives. But the media also know that he is about to threaten Hillary Clinton’s ascension to the White House. By laying the groundwork with the weight issue now, the media hope to turn Christie into a national fat joke as a way to undermine his candidacy.
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