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Chris Matthews: Republicans must think their base voters are ‘wearing sheets’

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Chris Matthews said Republicans must think their base voters are white supremacists.

“Some of these guys talk like they think the base is wearing sheets, though,” Matthews said. “I think they may have underestimated who the Republican voter is.”

Matthews examined recent statements during his MSNBC program Monday by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a likely GOP presidential candidate, and NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, reported Mediaite.

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Huckabee urged Christians to stay out of the military until a more godly president is elected, while LaPierre said “eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.”

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) also promoted the right-wing conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was loosening immigration restrictions to “import” Democratic voters.

Matea Gold, national political reporter for the Washington Post, told Matthews that Republicans are trying to fire up evangelical voters ahead of the 2016 election.

“Why do they have a problem with a black president?” Matthews asked.

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Gold demurred, saying only that the comments were intended to be “incendiary.”

David Corn, Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones, said the past eight years had shown a “profound reaction” by Republicans to Obama – who they frequently depict as “the other” in a variety of sometimes conflicting conspiracy theories.

The panel agreed that Republicans had gotten so extreme in their criticism of Obama that their hardcore supporters don’t pay attention to anything less than a direct question of the president’s patriotism.

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Matthews said he hoped GOP candidates had underestimated the average Republican voter.

Watch the entire segment posted online by MSNBC:

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In extreme crises, conservatism can turn to fascism. Here’s how that might play out

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5 movie "Back to the Future," Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) travels in a time machine from the 1980s to the 1950s. When he tells people of the '50s he is from the '80s, he is met with skepticism.

1950s person: Then tell me, future boy, who's President of the United States in 1985?

This article first appeared at Salon.com.Marty McFly: Ronald Reagan.

1950s person: Ronald Reagan? The actor? [chuckles in disbelief] Then who's vice president? Jerry Lewis [comedian]?

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Body language expert dissects the power dynamic at play in the iconic Nancy Pelosi photo

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Last week, President Donald Trump met with Democrats at the White House to discuss the way both sides could work to fix the President's mistakes in Syria. Democrats left the White House saying that the President had another meltdown during the meeting, which prompted Trump to claim Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was the one who had a meltdown. He then posted photos of Pelosi sitting quietly and another photo of Pelosi standing and pointing at him.

Body language expert Dr. Jack Brown posted the photo and gave his own analysis of what he believed was happening in the photo.

"When a person has little or no empathy — and/or when they're far from their emotional baseline, their ability to interpret how others will view an event becomes dramatically distorted," Brown explained Sunday. "Rarely has this behavioral axiom been better exemplified than last Wednesday at the White House."

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Internet cracks up at possible fake Mitt Romney Twitter account — and wants him to ‘run against Trump as Pierre Delecto’

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UPDATE: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has confessed to the account being his. When an Atlantic reporter called to ask for comment and ask if he was the account, Romney replied, "C'est moi."

Slate reporter Ashley Feinberg wrote that she may have discovered a secret Mitt Romney Twitter account under the name Pierre Delecto.

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