MSNBC host Chris Matthews pondered whether four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House might be better for the Democratic Party rather than Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) taking over the party.
“I’m wondering whether the Democratic moderates want Bernie Sanders to be president,” Matthews said during the network’s Saturday afternoon coverage of the Nevada caucuses.
“That’s maybe too exciting a question to raise. They don’t like Trump at all. Do they want Bernie Sanders to take over the Democratic Party in perpetuity? I mean, he takes it over, he sets the direction of the future of the party—maybe they’d rather wait four years and put in a Democrat that they like,” he added.
Chris Matthews just said that the Democrats may be better off with Trump as president rather than Bernie Sanders.
I can’t believe I am agreeing with Chris Matthews.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) February 23, 2020
Sanders posted a decisive victory in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, fostering his chance to becomes the Democratic Party’s nominee.
Last week, Matthews blasted Sanders as “full of it” for vowing to implement free programs and a “miserable president” if he got elected. He also predicted that Democrats would lose 49 states if Sanders wins the Democratic nomination.
Earlier this month, Matthews also expressed concern over the socialist direction of the Democratic Party and the possible nomination of Sanders.
“I remember the Cold War, I have an attitude toward Castro,” he said. “I believe if Castro and the reds had won the Cold War, there would have been executions in Central Park, and I might have been one of the ones getting executed, and certain other people would be there cheering.”
Video: Watch Chris Matthews GO OFF like a boss (no, I’m not joking) about the dangers of socialism re; Bernie, the pure evil of communism, the legitimate fears of a Red Scare in the Cold War, and how “there would have been executions in Central Park” if they won pic.twitter.com/2XxmZbsJTc
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) February 8, 2020
Matthews’s comments on Saturday have sparked outrage from the left.
“[Chris Matthews] finally comes clean! ‘Moderate Dems’ like him prefer Trump over a progressive like Bernie,” former congressional candidate Carlos Ramirez-Rosa wrote in a tweet. “This is disgusting! ‘Moderate Dem’ leaders must disavow this, and the only way they can is to immediately drop their opposition to front-runner Bernie.”
However, following Sander’s victory in Nevada caucuses, some Democrats, who represent battleground districts or are from swing states, are indeed freaking out at prospects that Sanders could become the party nominee.
“It’s bad,” said one freshman Democrat. “We are having conversations about how to deal with this.”
“If [Sanders] is the nominee, we lose,” another moderate Democrat told Fox News.