We already know that Chris Matthews trips over his words (i.e. he has a tendency to not finish them while he’s talking so fast), and now it looks like he’s eating them.
During an MSNBC discussion on Tuesday night on Romney and the fate of conservatism this fall that featured former Howard Fineman and GOP Chairman Michael Steele, Matthews got a little fired up and threw in a KKK reference: he called the GOP the “Grand Wizard.“ That was after declaring boldly that Romney is a ”flat-earther” and doesn’t believe in science. Not only was it slightly over-the-top, but it was also slightly uncomfortable considering Steele is black. And Steele took umbrage with it.
Real Clear Politics has the exchange:
“I resent that. What is this ‘grand wizard’ nonsense?” Steele asked.
“I should say the far-right party,” Matthews retorted.
“Are you saying that we’re the Ku Klux Klan? Give me a break. Don’t go there with me on that,” Steele warned.
“Okay. Great. Good. Thank you,” Matthews cracked. “There’s none of those problems over there. All those birthers out there.”
“Oh my gosh,” Steele could be heard saying.
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