Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews: Gun Rights Activists “Don’t Accept An African-American President”

by  |  published on May 7, 2013

On the Monday broadcast of his MSNBC program Hardball, host Chris Matthews trashed those who believe in the Second Amendment and gun rights.

While discussing this weekend’s NRA convention in Houston, Texas with Howard Fineman and NBC’s Kasie Hunt, Matthews explained why he believes there is an “overlap of birtherism and guns” in pro-gun circles. Matthews said gun rights activists “don’t accept an African-American president” and view everything as “totemic” and “iconic.”

CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: To everybody watching, this isn’t just about guns — is about guns. It is about this war in this country, that’s gotten more divided, more polarized. And it’s about symbols like telling you you can’t have certain kinds of gun. You need certain kinds of freedoms with your gun, like no background checks. Or that you have an African-American president.

Now, here’s an example, the birther thing. It all ties together. You have to explain to me how they see the overlap of birtherism and guns, because I see it. Here’s the new NRA president, Jim Porter. He also doesn’t sound like he’s willing to go in that middle line there across the aisle. Last year he made a speech not only referring to Civil War as the war of northern aggression, here we go again, but also invoked birther language. Now, I missed this last week. Birther language. Watch him here talk about our fake president.

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