Guess the speaker: ‘If you don’t like the way things are in the nation, don’t vote for Hillary’

Guess the speaker: ‘If you don’t like the way things are in the nation, don’t vote for Hillary’
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So, who did you name? Rudolph Giuliani? That’s a good guess. He has been a fairly staunch supporter of The Donald.

But it wasn’t him. In fact, it was one of the last people on Earth you would expect to make this sort of declaration. It was a TV personality whose leg Barack Obama once sent a tingle up.

Yep, it was none other than MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, and he had a surprising message for viewers. It was not an out-and-out endorsement of Donald Trump (in fact he is pretty explicit in saying her isn’t rooting for a Trump victory), but iy was in a very real sense an unendorsement — of Hillary Clinton. (When you get right down to it, it was also a repudiation of the last eight years of stagnation under Obama, but that nightmare will end in a little under three months anyway and hence is a moot point.)

Here, courtesy of Western Journalism, is a video of Matthews’s statement. A transcript follows.

Whatever you think of Donald Trump, I mean, whatever you think of Donald Trump, you have to wonder, why is he doing it? Why is he running for president? Why is he spending every hour asking the voters again and again: Do you like the way things are, the way they’ve been headed in this country? Do you like to continue the destruction of our manufacturing base, and the jobs that went with it? Do you like the uncontrolled illegal immigration? Do you like the string of stupid wars from Iraq to Libya to Syria?

If you want to say yes to all of that, you want to keep all this the way it is, vote for Hillary Clinton. If you don’t like the way things have been headed you got a chance to really shake the system to its roots. And if you wake up the day after the election and it’s the same as it is today, if its the same 4 or 5 or 8 years from now, remember you had the chance to change it, but you were to dainty too do it.

I say this not because I want Trump to win, but because I can’t stand politics being practiced so pathetically.

(h/t Onan Coca)

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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