By Joseph Wulfsohn
Published July 29, 2019
"Hardball" host Chris Matthews drew focus on Monday to Trump's repeated use of the term "infested" while describing the "crime infested" city Cummings represents as well as Atlanta-based Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. He also praised Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace for pressing Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and comparing the term to "vermin."
"Infested, infested, infested. It's vermin. It's a Hitlerian term," Matthews told the panel. "If you go back and read Goebbels and all of that stuff, it's all about the Jews in that case... he's obsessed with this thing about cities."
"Well, this is the Nazi playbook, right?" former Democratic congresswoman Donna Edwards agreed. "You dehumanize people. You say they’re infested. It gives you the reason to, I don’t know.”
“Well, to exterminate them or something like that," Matthews responded.
Matthews isn't the only liberal cable news personality to go after Trump over his feud with Cummings. MSNBC host John Heilemann slammed the "racist" tweets and told viewers the president intends to run a "racist reelection campaign."