Chris Matthews Blasts Republicans For Netanyahu Speech: ‘This Was a Takeover Attempt’ (Video)

chris-matthews-netanyahuI’ve always felt Chris Matthews was underutilized on MSNBC. While Rachel Maddow is clearly the network’s star (and rightfully so), I’ve enjoyed the way Matthews seems extremely genuine when he expresses his opinions. I would love to see him square off against someone like Fox News’ Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly in a debate over various political issues, though I’m positive that will never happen.

Well, the MSNBC host went off on the speech given by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday, referring to it as an attempted “takeover” of our foreign policy by a foreign leader.

“I’ll get to the heart of this speech now,” Matthews said. “This man from a foreign government walked into the United States legislative chamber and tried to take over U.S. foreign policy. He said, ‘You should trust me, not your president on this. I am the man you should trust, I am your true leader on this question of U.S. geopolitics. To protect yourself, you must listen to me and not this president.’”

“It was a startling situation,” he continued. “To allow someone to come in, knowing that was going to be their message, to the U.S. Congress. This was a decision made by Boehner and certainly complied with by Netanyahu and his ambassador. They went into the U.S. Congress to take over U.S. foreign policy from the president.”

And he’s exactly right. This was a clear setup by John Boehner, the Republican party and Netanyahu to try to undermine President Obama’s ongoing negotiations with Iran concerning their nuclear program. Again, I’m not sure how the Speaker of the House blatantly trying to sabotage a president’s foreign policy isn’t grounds for treason. Think about it – what if this ultimately turned out to be the first step toward war?

“Think it through, what country in the world would let a foreign leader come in and attempt to wrest from the president control of the U.S. foreign policy?” Matthews asked. “This was a takeover attempt by Netanyahu with his complying American partners to take American foreign policy out of the hands of the president.”

I feel Matthews was correct with his assessment. The intentions of Boehner and the Republican party couldn’t have been more blatant unless they had just come out and flat-out admitted that they were trying to sabotage the president’s negotiations with Iran.

Though, the reality is, this move was so brazen and obvious that I’m fairly certain that Iran’s leadership saw through this circus and realized that the Obama administration had nothing to do with it. So, at the end of the day, this pathetic move by Republicans will only serve as a prime example of just how petty and childish they can be.

Watch the segment below via MSNBC:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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