After igniting a firestorm of uproar and calls for his resignation, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews issued an apology for comparing Bernie’s Nevada win to the Nazi takeover of France.
As I watched the one-sided results of Saturday’s Democratic caucus in Nevada, I reached for a historic analogy and used a bad one. I was wrong to refer to an event from the last days, or actually the first days, of World War II.
I’m sorry for comparing anything from that tragic era in which so many suffered, especially the Jewish people, to an electorate result in which you were the well-deserved winner.
Per TheHill, the MSNBC host faced massive criticism, including from an MSNBC contributor, after he compared Sanders’s win in Nevada to the Nazi invasion of France, leading several on social media to call for Matthews’s resignation.
“I was reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940,” Matthews said during MSNBC’s live coverage of the caucuses. “And the general, Reynaud, calls up Churchill and says, ‘It’s over.’ And Churchill says, ‘How can that be? You’ve got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?’ He said, ‘It’s over.'”
Sanders, who would become the first Jewish president should he be elected, has relatives who died in the Holocaust.
The Vermont progressive is leading the Democratic primary race with 45 delegates after dominating the Nevada caucuses last weekend and earning narrow second and first place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, respectively.
The Washington Examiner reports tensions between the Sanders camp and MSNBC escalated last week when Sanders reportedly berated MSNBC President Phil Griffin before Thursday’s presidential debate.
“Phil, your network has not been playing a fair role in this campaign. I am upset. Is anything going to change? … I hope you will do better,” Sanders said.
Network sources told Vanity Fair that Griffin has been taking the complaints seriously. After Matthews made the Nazi comparison, he addressed the matter with the host. MSNBC also aired two Sanders campaign rallies live on Saturday, and Shakir and former campaign manager Jeff Weaver both received airtime on Monday.
“The Sanders team is in contact with our senior management,” one source said, “and they are heard. Phil is doing his best to give Bernie his due.”
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