Chris Matthews Bludgeons 'Flunker' Mitt Romney for Criticizing Obama Over Russia

Without a hint of irony, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews savaged “flunker” Mitt Romney on Wednesday for his criticism of President Obama’s foreign policy.

“These Republicans, Romney, Rumsfeld, remind me of kids who flunked out of high school but come back to tap on the classroom windows,” Matthews sneered. “They're only there to get attention and otherwise disrupt those that are trying to learn. Got it? Dropouts. Flunkers.”

Although Romney identified Russia as America’s top geopolitical foe – an assertion that President Obama mocked him for – Matthews teed off on him for his ignorance.

“Romney, I didn't know the guy even took the course on foreign policy. He never said a word about it. All he talked about was his businessman's approach to things. If he ever said anything of importance about the world beyond his latest business venture, it's hard to remember it.”

Below is a transcript of the segment:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me finish tonight with this. These Republicans, Romney, Rumsfeld, remind me of kids who flunked out of high school but come back to tap on the classroom windows. They're only there to get attention and otherwise disrupt those that are trying to learn. Got it? Dropouts. Flunkers. Romney, I didn't know the guy even took the course on foreign policy. He never said a word about it. All he talked about was his businessman's approach to things. If he ever said anything of importance about the world beyond his latest business venture, it's hard to remember it. As for Rumsfeld, please, he and Cheney and the neo-cons got this country to attack a sovereign country, Iraq, overrun it and demand that it do what we dictated at a cost of 186,000 dead. He and his cohorts did this with no measurable advantage to the United States. Not economically and certainly not morally. Who are we now to judge or preach to Russia about honoring another country's sovereignty after the laughable excursion we took in the year 2003, when our leaders convinced this country that we were reaping revenge for 9/11 by attacking, invading, and overthrowing a government that had nothing to do with 9/11. Don Rumsfeld, put your bedroom slippers back on and go back to bed. Leave foreign policy to those who still know what it means to try as best we can to find the road, even in a turbulent world, to some kind of peace. Peace, let's face it, Mr. Rumsfeld, Cheney, and all the neo-cons who gave you license, was never your mission.

Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro was a News Analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division from 2010 through early 2014