Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) won the Nevada Caucuses by double digits this past weekend, and while his supporters were enjoying the Senator's third straight win of the popular vote, one MSNBC host was terrified.
Chris Matthews—who hasn't been silent regarding his reservations with Sanders—compared Sanders's undisputed frontrunner status with France's fall to the Nazis in World War II.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews likens Sanders victory in Nevada to Nazi Germany overrunning France in 1940: “It’s too late… https://t.co/G9VUmtvXRE— Tom Elliott (@Tom Elliott) 1582412513.0
Matthews likened the moment to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's reaction when he was told "it's over" in regards to France:
"And Churchill says, 'How can it be? You got the greatest army in Europe. How could it be over?' He said, 'It's over.' So I had that suppressed feeling."
Sanders, who is Jewish, lost most of the family on his father's side at the hands of the Nazis. Matthews's comparison of Sanders to the Nazis overtaking France disgusted Democrats across the country.
The communications manager for the Sanders campaign, Mike Casca, took to Twitter to condemn the remarks from Matthews.
Imagine thinking this analogy was a good one to make to explain the popularity of a Jewish candidate? https://t.co/cs6uoI1dnT— Dara de Brún (@Dara de Brún) 1582546682.0
.@HardballChris just compared Bernie Sanders and his movement to Hitler and the Nazis on national television. San… https://t.co/rEJKCuiIps— Walker Bragman (@Walker Bragman) 1582413022.0
Let’s try to detangle this. Bernie, a Jewish man whose family members were killed in the holocaust, wins the Nevada… https://t.co/rJy2p5m2Ub— jeremy scahill (@jeremy scahill) 1582413329.0
This is utterly tone deaf when you’re talking about a Jewish candidate who had family die in the Holocaust. Can we… https://t.co/8PqVfoEE1W— Rep. Andy Levin (@Rep. Andy Levin) 1582418146.0
How is this acceptable in any way? And how is anyone who thinks this employable? https://t.co/yvqlRtcXfy— Austin Falco (@Austin Falco) 1582442941.0
Chris Matthews is well over the line into antisemitism here. Certainly trafficking in tropes as the discussion is n… https://t.co/49obvll27O— della ~ mothra shrine maiden (@della ~ mothra shrine maiden) 1582424593.0
lmao there are actually neonazis running around the United States supporting the current president and yet the equi… https://t.co/tby5txvPqq— hannah-kin skywalker (@hannah-kin skywalker) 1582440805.0
Yea comparing the Jewish candidate with the Nazis!? You've created a new level of "out of touch". Your move @MSNBC https://t.co/3fUgYr1OEn— Matthew (@Matthew) 1582480041.0
Calls for Matthews's resignation continue to escalate.