Chris Matthews, MSNBC host respect Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday in the Nazi invasion of France, spurring calls for his dismissal.
“I was reading about the fall of France last summer in the summer of 1940 and General Reynaud calls Churchill and says,” It’s over, “said Matthews on Saturday evening.
“And Churchill says, ‘How can it be? You have the largest army in Europe. How can it be over? “He said,” It’s over. “
“So I had that repressed feeling,” Matthews also said.
Sanders, a Vermont senator and self-proclaimed democratic socialist, is Jewish.
He easily won the Nevada caucuses, helping to consolidate his status as leader of the Democratic presidential nomination in a primary division between moderates and progressives. Sanders’ victory came in the wake of a strong performance in Iowa and victory in New Hampshire.
Matthews’ words sparked widespread anger.
“Bernie is Jewish and his family was killed by the Nazis” tweeted David Sirota, Sanders writer and former Guardian contributor. “None of this is OK.”
“This is absolutely disgusting [Matthews’] part,” tweeted Parker Molloy, editor in chief at Media Matters for America. “Retire, get fired, whatever. In conclusion, Matthews must be out of work. “
On the air, Matthews said that Republicans would reveal the opposition’s search for Sanders that would “kill” him in the general election against Donald Trump.
“It seems that Bernie Sanders is hard to beat,” Matthews said of the primaries, adding: “I think it’s a little late to stop it, and I think that’s the problem.”
MSNBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.