Chris Matthews calls conservative critics of IRS ‘insane’, ‘traitorous’

Chris Matthews is at it again. In yet another tirade during a segment on MSNBC’s Hardball, Matthews blasted the White House and conservative critics of the Internal Revenue Service and the subsequent scandal.

Following the “case closed” talking points of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-MD, Matthews said that transcripts of an IRS official’s testimony prove there was no political involvement by the White House in the scandal. Apparently he missed Cummings’ backtracking of that claim several days later.

Matthews blamed the White House and said the president should have jumped out in front of the issue, said that he was going to get to the bottom of it and “heads would roll.”

“They just really underestimated the potency of this story,” The Hill columnist A.B. Stoddard, a guest on the show, said. “Nothing excites the Republican base more than the idea that there was political targeting at the IRS.”

“First of all, the right-wing are crazy,” Matthews said. “What they’re saying about getting rid of the IRS is insane and, I think, almost traitorous because the federal government has to be paid for. The government has to exist. Are they saying, ‘don’t exist? Not have a government?’”

Watch the exchange here via Mediaite.


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