MSNBC host Chris Matthews — who famously gushed about about getting a “thrill going up my leg” whenever Barack Obama spoke — still thinks President Trump should resign.
Forget that the report summary of a two-year-long probe into whether Trump or anyone in his campaign colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 election in his favor turned up nothing. Matthews, a longtime sufferer of Trump Derangement Syndrome, says just like President Richard M. Nixon, Trump should board a helicopter on the White House lawn, give one final wave goodbye and fly off to exile, never to be seen again.
“I think Nixon had shame,” Matthews said on “Morning Joe” as co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski oohed and ahhed. “It may have not been moral shame, but it was political shame.”
“He knew he blew it. He got caught up in this back and forth, dirty tricks versus dirty tricks, worse dirty tricks, worse than that dirty trick. He got caught up in that escalation of that dirty politics, going back to the 40s. … And he got caught, and he knew it, and he cried, and he left. Trump doesn’t have that faculty,” Matthews said.
“No,” Mika agreed. “He doesn’t have shame or empathy.”
Yes, you read that right. Trump was investigated for 675 days by special counsel Robert Mueller and a team of 19 lawyers. Despite 2,800 subpoenas and 500 witness interviews, the counsel’s office found no evidence “that any U.S. person or Trump campaign official or associate” conspired or “knowingly coordinated” with Russians during the 2016 campaign. The counsel also cleared Team Trump of allegations that they conspired with Russians to hack and release Democrats’ emails.
But Matthews thinks that Trump should act like Nixon — who was so guilty he resigned rather than wait for the Senate to convict him of charges and oust him from office.
The “Hardball” host also said that because the counsel has failed to prove the false allegations that Trump conspired to change the outcome of the election, now, Democrats will have to win in 2020.
“[If there’s a majority vote in the House for impeachment, it will be almost entirely Democrats. And you can make a case for obstruction of justice. I made it on the air. But it’s all broad daylight behavior by the president. Firing [former FBI Director James] Comey — all that stuff we watched, it was a good case for obstruction of justice,” Matthews said.
“But the Republicans already know that stuff, and they are not supporting impeachment. So, I think the Democrats have to win the election … There’s no waiting around for Uncle Robert to take care of it. Uncle Robert did what he thought he did was right, and Barr did what he thought was right in his judgment call. You got to do your own case,” he said.