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MSNBC's Chris Matthews Called Out For Sexism After Tense Interview With Elizabeth Warren

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It hasn't been a great few weeks for MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews.

Fresh off the heels of comparing the caucus victory of Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) in Nevada to France's surrender to Nazi Germany in World War II, Matthews is now being accused of sexism for his questioning of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the MSNBC spin room after Tuesday night's Democratic Debate.


On the debate stage, Warren brought up allegations against fellow candidate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The Senator cited a lawsuit brought against Bloomberg in the late '90s by a female employee, who stated that Bloomberg told her to "kill it" when she told him that she was pregnant.

When questioning Warren about the allegation, Matthews seemed flummoxed at why she would believe the woman.

Watch below.

When the MSNBC anchor asked Warren if she believed that Bloomberg said "kill it" to a pregnant employee, Warren responded:

"Well, a pregnant employee sure said that he did. Why shouldn't I believe her. I'm just really tired of this world, this one is personal for me—"

Matthews interrupted her with:

"You believe he's that kind of person who did that?"

Warren responded:

"Look, pregnancy discrimination is real. We have gone on and on and on where people say, 'I can't really believe the woman'."
"Really? Why not?"
"Mayor Bloomberg has non-disclosure agreements for who knows how many women, it's not just the one. The whole point is how can you actually trust someone who will not just say, 'Look, I'm gonna waive on non-disclosure on sexual harassment and discrimination. Anyone who has a story to tell can come tell their story'."

Matthews then asked Warren repeatedly if she believed Bloomberg was lying, before asking:

"Why would he lie?"

Warren responded:

"Why would she lie? That's the question, Chris. Why do you assume that he's the guy—"

Then Matthews interrupted Warren yet again.

Putting aside the suspension of disbelief required to think a woman suing a man worth over $60 billion has more reason to lie than the billionaire has reason to cover it up, there were witnesses to the woman's claims.

People called out Matthews's automatic skepticism of the woman coupled with his incredulity that scrutiny of Bloomberg was warranted.







It's unclear whether Matthews has asked Bloomberg about the comments with the same skepticism.