Matthews Hints 'Conservative' Is Code for White Racists in MS

November 28th, 2018 2:41 PM

On Tuesday's Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews demonstrated that there's no limit to how far liberals will stretch to faux-interpret coded language into the words of conservatives as he actually suggested that the use of the words "conservative values" in Mississippi are a coded reference to white supremacists in the state.



The MSNBC host's over the top suggestion came during a discussion of President Donald Trump campaigning for Mississippi GOP Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on the eve of this week's special election. Republican pollster Chris Wilson was the lone conservative who was outnumbered 3-1 as Matthews invited Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart to bash Senator Hyde-Smith.

Matthews: "Jonathan, I don't know whether -- she didn't say the worst stuff in history, but there certainly was some dog whistle there."

Moments earlier, there had been a clip of Senator Hyde-Smith on stage telling audience members that "your conservative values are on the ballot" in the special election.

When he got his turn to speak, Capehart began: "Yeah, dog whistle. In a midterm election campaign where the President was bull-horning racism as the closing argument for why people should vote for Republicans."

He soon added: "But Cindy Hyde-Smith having her closing argument standing next to the President saying, you know, 'If you're for conservative values, vote for me,' campaigning with a President with that kind of closing argument, she's not talking to all of Mississippi."

Matthews then jumped in: "Isn't that -- you know some of this history -- down there, the word 'conservative' was used for the Conservative Citizens Council. They used to call them 'White Citizens Council,' then they called them the 'Conservative Councils.' So that word 'conservative' has a useful value down there to certain politicians."

Then, as Wilson denied such a sinister implication of the words "conservative," the other panel members ganged up on him as he argued that "you seriously overestimate the significance of her rhetoric" and got into a heated back and forth with Capehart.