Chris Matthews: Boehner Can't Even Stand Up and Be an American

Chris Matthews: Boehner Can't Even Stand Up and Be an American

Friday on MSNBC’s “The Reid Report,” “Hardball” host Chris Matthews criticized Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) for having endorsed President Barack Obama’s decision to strike ISIS in Iraq while also criticizing the president’s “disengaged” leadership and lack of a “long-term strategy.”

Matthews said, “That’s a partisan response, of course. You know, usually where there have been cases in fairly recent history where there’s crisis, we unite for a day or two. There you had an immediate political response.”

He added, “I think we’re going in there to prevent genocide. I think that’s different than getting into Iraq the way we did back in 2001, ’02, and ’03 or getting involved to overthrow a government we didn’t like. This is different. When you go in to stop genocide, most Americans rally behind you, which is what’s disappointing about Boehner, which is always so disappointing about him. He can’t just stand up an as American and speak as an American and stop talking as a guy trying to keep that group of right wingers behind him content. They’ll never be contented by what he says. He keeps trying to appease them. I don’t understand why he didn’t just say, you know, the president did what he had to do, let’s benited for a few hours here and see what the next step is. that would have been an American.”

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