On Friday night’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, panelist Chris Matthews renewed his accusations against Republicans of racist campaigning, in a confrontation with right-wing radio host Roger Hedgecock
“There’s a gentleman’s agreement out there about covering up this racist game that your side has been playing this whole campaign,” Matthews told Hedgecock. “Why do you talk about welfare? Why does Newt [Gingrich] talk about the ‘food stamp president’? Why does it keep going to this old town again, this dog-whistle stuff.”
When Hedgecock, a former mayor of San Diego, California, responded that Republicans are concerned that President Barack Obama’s “redistribution” of wealth is creating a dependent class, Matthews denounced the fact that the GOP continues to have a problem with Obama, despite his own making his way up from limited means. He then accused Hedgecock and other party members of simply not liking Obama.
“[Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell was against him the first day he was in office,” Matthews said, before ultimately concluding that the GOP “will never quit.”
Matthews’ argument with Hedgecock, posted Friday night by Mediaite, can be seen below