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People Want Chris Matthews Fired For Comparing Sanders' Nevada Win To Nazi Army

Amy Pilkington 23 Feb 2020

Though there is still some counting left to do, by mid-day Sunday, February 23, it's pretty safe to say that not only has Bernie Sanders won the Nevada Primary caucus, but he's done so by an incredible margin.

That kind of sweep is guaranteed to bring out strong reactions from all sides of the debate, but the reaction of MSNBC's Chris Matthews has people calling for his termination.

The Hardball host hasn't been quiet about his dislike for Sanders, but for many people he has finally crossed the line.

During the live coverage of the caucuses, he said:

"I was reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940, and the general, Reynaud, calls up Churchill and says, 'It's over.' And Churchill says, 'How can that be? You've got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?' He said, 'It's over.'"

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Of course, comparing any democratic victory voted upon by citizens to an outside invasion is a stretch.

It likely would have resulted in some eye-rolling and call-outs no matter what, but the fact that it was directed at Bernie Sanders specifically made it particularly bad.

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Sanders isn't just a Jewish person, he also lost many family members to the Holocaust.

So a bad analogy turns into something offensive, if not outright hateful.

This has led to trending hashtags like #FireChrisMatthews and tweets directed to MSNBC and its sponsors urging them to let Matthews go.

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Others have tried to explain the analogy being made and argue that "cancel culture" is going too far in response.

Yes, perhaps Matthews meant simply that this win shows that it was over before many realized it, but that doesn't mean that the choice of analogy was O.K.

What do you think? Is firing a step too far for a bad analogy, or when paired with some of his previous comments about Sanders, has Matthews crossed the line this time?

h/t: Th Hill

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