It’s no surprise that MSNBC is taking an extreme anti-Trump angle in the aftermath of the surprise U.S. drone strike that resulted in the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani — one of the most dangerous men in the world — but what one of the network’s top anchors just claimed is beyond bizarre.
First, it should be noted straight away that Soleimani was the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, which according to Daily Wire, was officially designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the United States government. The group has been directly or indirectly responsible for numerous American deaths over the years. That’s undisputed.
Chris Matthews, however, believes that Trump’s successful drone strike on Soleimani makes the president a bonafide “assassin.” Not only that, but Matthews suggested that a “Vietnam” scenario is likely while defending Soleimani as a military “leader” who shouldn’t have been killed.
Here’s the transcript of what he said during his most recent show: (we bolded some sentences)
“I’ve never seen so much news buffeting us in one couple of days,” Matthews began. “I mean, I was over in Vietnam for the last week-and-a-half and I was working with the university over there and I have to tell you that it all looks like it’s happening again.”
“You know, ZM was assassinated. We took over the war in Vietnam,” Matthews continued. “We lost all those men and women. And we all did it because we basically knocked off a leader. We had a hand in that. The generals did it, but we had a hand in it and here we are in the assassination business again.”
“I’m sorry, this is a top general,” Matthews continued. “He wasn’t operational. He was a leader. We killed this guy. A President of the United States, they used to hide from assassination responsibility. This president is bragging about it, his assassination. Pompeo is bragging about it. Is there a new deviancy in the American culture that we now support murder killing of political leaders? Is this what we do now? It shocks me.”
If you care to watch Matthews make the wild and highly inaccurate claims that Soleimani wasn’t a bad guy and that the United States president is an assassin for killing him, here’s a clip of the video below:
Chris Matthews on Soleimani strike: Trump is “an assassin” pic.twitter.com/m9K4WhKt7J
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 7, 2020
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