MSNBC’s Chris Matthews heard the word “rats” and automatically thought of Jews. What kind of antisemitic bigot makes that kind of connection…?
After President Trump brought to light a rodent infestation problem in Baltimore, a problem so serious PBS did a documentary on it and the then-mayor said she could “smell the rats,” Matthews did not use his platform to demand that life be made better for the people of Baltimore; he did not use his megaphone to demand the government find a solution to this problem… Nope.
Matthews heard the word “rats” and on Monday not only immediately thought of “Jews,” he proudly admitted that Jews were the first thing that came to troubled mind:
Infested, infested, infested… It’s a word… It’s vermin, it’ a Hitlerian term. You go back and read Goebbels and all that stuff, it’s all about the Jews in that case. It’s the use of the word vermin — infested, he’s obsessed with this thing, about cities.
Who thinks this way?
Certainly not Trump, who used the word “infested” to describe the opioid problem in New Hampshire, a state that is 93 percent white.
You want to know who hears dog whistles?
The dogs hear the dog whistle and in this case there was no whistle. Trump was very specifically speaking to a very specific problem that has been specifically documented, which is Baltimore’s “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”
….As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
But Matthews hears “rat” and sees “Jew.”
Let’s not forget just last month, Matthews assumed a black woman — in this case, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) — would have trouble not hating all white people because of some prejudice she may have faced as a child. The Angry Black Woman trope on display for all the world to see.
I think we all know who the real bigot is here.