Chris Matthews: 'Thug' Republicans Are 'Muggers' Who 'Assault' Obama

Chris Matthews doesn't seem to be running out of violent imagery to use in his smears against the Republican Party. On Tuesday, the Hardball host bombarded the GOP, comparing them to "muggers" who assaulted Barack Obama during the debt limit standoff.

Explaining his current metaphor, Matthews slammed, "What we saw, what I saw at least, was one guy with a knife and the other trying to avoid being cut. It was a thug attacking a victim. It was a mugging." He acidly added, "Now, the good news...is that the victim did get through it."

Ratcheting it up, Matthews concluded, " So, the mugging continues, again and again and again. The people who perpetrated this assault on the President will come back to do it again."

Matthews has previously denounced Republicans as "terrorists" "Wahhabis" and baby kidnappers.

A transcript of the closing "Let Me Finish" monologue, which aired at 5:59pm EDT on August 2, can be found below:


CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me finish tonight with this bad experience we've all just been through. What we saw, what I saw at least, was one guy with a knife and the other trying to avoid being cut. It was a thug attacking a victim. It was a mugging. Now, the good news, the relief is a better word, I suppose, is that the victim did get through it. The bad news is that the mugger got what he wanted. He got the wallet. I put you the most important question of the week, of the month, of the year, of this presidency, of our time: Is there any doubt that he, the mugger, will try it again? Not a whit. This morning the Republican leader of the Senate declared his intention to name not a single member of a new special joint committee to make the second cut in the debt, who is open to a tax or even a revenue increase. So, the mugging continues, again and again and again. The people who perpetrated this assault on the President will come back to do it again. The gang will be back and each time will  make new demands, make no concessions, do exactly what they want to get what they want. And what they want is to control the government to their ends without having to win the White House or control the U.S. Congress. They can carry on the Bush economic policy right through the end of this presidency, as long as they're willing to mug and the President is willing to turn over the wallet. That's Hardball for now. Thanks for being with us.

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org