MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Monday accused Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of using racial politics to turn white voters against President Barack Obama.
During MSNBC’s Mitchell Reports, Matthews accused the Republican Party of trying to prevent people from being able to vote. Republicans this year have pushed for voter ID laws and other voting restrictions in an attempt to crack down on alleged voter fraud. But Democrats have claimed the voting laws are merely a cynical attempt to suppress minority votes.
Matthews compared the voter ID laws to literacy tests, which were used by southern states in the late 19th century to prevent nearly all African Americans from voting.
“And then they start the white working-class agitation with the welfare stuff,” he continued. “They do that very effectively. They discourage black voting and encourage white anger.”
Romney’s campaign has released ads that show pictures of white working-class Americans while claiming that Obama gutted welfare reform by allow states to drop the work-requirement from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Numerous fact-checkers have said the claim is false.
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Professor reminds Trump of his two immigrant wives: ‘Four of his five children are children of immigrants’
As President Donald Trump complains about immigrants, he should remember his own family, Fordham Professor Christina Greer explained on MSNBC on Monday.
"Mind you, he's a child of immigrants and twice married to two immigrants, right? Four of his five children are children of immigrants, but he has to use this rhetoric to make sure that he can frame all of his failures in a way that it’s never him and it’s always someone else who is taking away from the good, 'white Americans' who deserve to be here," Greer explained.
In 1977, Trump became the second husband of Ivana Zelní?ková -- who was born in Czechoslovakia. She is the mother of Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump.
Racism drives Trump ‘like rocket fuel’ — but even for him, this is ‘shocking and disgraceful’: WaPo journalist
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Washington Post reporter David Swerdlick told anchor Wolf Blitzer that there's nothing truly new about President Donald Trump's racist social media assaults on Democratic congresswomen of color — but that there is something uniquely horrible about the latest episode.
"People are suggesting what the president has said in the past day or two represents a new low," said Blitzer. "But when you look at the president's history ... the president claiming Barack Obama wasn't born here in the United States, his comments about Charlottesville. This clearly isn't a one-off."
Trump’s racism ‘fundamentally disqualifies him to be president’: Former White House lawyer
The former acting solicitor general of the United States explained on MSNBC on Monday that President Donald Trump's racism "fundamentally disqualifies him to be president."
Neal Katyal was interviewed by MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber on "The Beat."
"I think the reason why you get these comments creating such resonance in the country is because of the personal dimension. I think — I don’t talk personally on your show much, but I think anyone who has brown skin hears these comments all the time," Katyal explained. For me it started when I was 3 years old when my mom was pulling out of the car, pulling out of the driveway and someone knocked on her door and said, 'go back to your country.'"