MSNBC host Chris Matthews tore into the Republican Party on his show Tuesday night, comparing their anti-government attitude to CIA-led coups during the Cold War.

"If they didn't like a government somewhere -- Guatemala, Iran, the Dominican Republic, Chile -- they just brought it down," he said. "Guess what, Republicans are now using the same tactic here at home. If they don't like who we've elected president, they find some way to undermine the government, discredit its leaders, whatever it takes to destroy it."

"We are using in this country the same old Cold War CIA tactics to destabilize our own country," Matthews continued. "Look at the impact of the constant threats to shut down the government on public confidence. It's all in the ratings. It's making people forever nervous about the basic ability of America to even have a running government. Is that patriotic? I don't think so."

The liberal MSNBC host alleged that while President Barack Obama was attempting to keep the government running, Republicans were hoping to gain political points by refusing to compromise and crash the government.

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