Even his guest on Hardball suggested that Matthews should “be careful” what he said about Jared Kushner.
Donald Trump has Jared Kushner as a son-in-law and Benito Mussolini had a son-in-law as well. Chris Matthews made this comparison on his show last night—along with comparing the Trump family to the Romanovs and the President himself to the Ethiopian dictator Mengistu.
But the most shocking comparison was that Mussolini had his son-in-law executed. Matthew said that Mussolini did a “good thing” in having him killed. In context, he was criticizing Jared Kushner for having too much power in the Administration!
NewBusters summarizes the story under the headline, “Matthews Suggests Trump Channel Mussolini, Murder Kushner; Compares Him to Ethiopian Dictator.” They also provide a transcript. Here’s a snippet of his discussion with Ashley Parker of the Washington Post and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni (emphasis added):
MATTHEWS: Is it a royal family instead of a Democratic or a Republican form of government? Or is it a family running the government? Is it Ivanka and Jared and the President sitting around in the White House upstairs ruling the world?
PARKER: I don’t think it’s quite that but I think it is run like a family business. The president and his aides see it publicly and privately and the President’s family, his children, especially his daughter Ivanka and, you know, Jared Kushner, they operate with a degree of impunity that does not exist for these other aides. So, if you look at just Jared and Tillerson, Jared basically emerged as a shadow Secretary of State. You mentioned peace in the Middle East. His portfolio includes not only that, it includes China, it includes Mexico, it includes Canada and that’s just on the foreign policy front. So, if you’re the secretary of state, ambassadors and leaders of foreign nations know that they can directly go to the President’s son-in-law and have his ear that deeply undermines you and makes it really difficult for you to do your job.
MATTHEWS: And then you find out in all these investigations that Jared was opening up a tunnel to Moscow so he wouldn’t have to deal with the State Department. So the son-in-law — you know, one good thing Mussolini did was execute his son-in-law. I mean, I’m talking about Ciano
FRANK BRUNI: Let’s be careful here, yeah.
MATTHEWS: That was an extreme measure. But this was — this is a strange situation.