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  • Chris Matthews: Hillary Can ‘Scold’ Republicans In A Way Obama Couldn’t Because She’s White

    MSNBC’s Chris Matthews argued on Friday’s edition of Hardball that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is better positioned to “scold” Republicans on voting requirements than President Obama is because she is a white woman.

    Matthews and his guests touted the speech Clinton gave last week at Texas Southern University, where she claimed that Republicans were trying to strip minorities from voting rights.

    “I think this was finally Hillary Clinton we are seeing her at her brightest and her best,” political analyst Michelle Bernard said. “Not only did she do this, she told us what she stands for.”

    She’s “fine-tuned,” Matthews added.

    “She did it at a historically black college, imagine if she were to go to historically black colleges and universities all over the country talking about this,” Bernard said, praising Clinton’s race-baiting tactics.

    “Is this something that a white woman presidential candidate can do that an African American president can’t do?” Matthews asked Bernard. “I mean why didn’t Obama give this sterling point by point scold—you, you, you—Christie, Rick Perry, calling them out?”

    Bernard agreeing with Matthews claimed that Obama could not rebuke the GOP the way Hillary can because he’d be perceived as “an angry black man.”

    “She can do it. Obama could not do it. He couldn’t have done it in 2008, he couldn’t have done it in 2012. He can do it now because he is in the last quarter of his presidency,” Bernard replied. “But remember we’ve talked about it over and over again. The image of the ‘scary, angry, black man’ was something that Obama had to deal with.”

    “But she can morally indict these guys, because they are other white people, if you will,” Matthews said.

    “Absolutely, and if you go and look at their numbers the people that she selected to talk about—Chris Christie does well with African Americans,” Bernard said. “Rick Perry, Jeb Bush do well with Hispanics. And these are two groups of people—”

    “Who are playing the game,” Matthews interrupted. “I don’t think they are doing it because they don’t like black people, they are doing it because they’d like more Republican votes.”


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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