Chris Matthews' race bait on Thursday's edition of Hardball had to do with how he thinks Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert treats and speaks of President Obama. After Joan Walsh ranted about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Louie Gohmert's (R-TX) unfair questioning of Holder and Obama, Matthews took over and said to one of his guests, Nia-Malika Henderson:
This reminds me of an old Snuffy Smith comic, ya know, a bunch of people out in the mountains somewhere of Tennessee worried about the revenuers comin'. Anybody who works for the government's a bad guy, especially if he's black. I'm sorry, Louie Gohmert talks a certain way about this president. I'm not accusing Cruz of this but Gohmert... this idea that the president's not really legitimate, that's their first sneer.
Matthews asked Henderson her thoughts and she would not jump to the same conclusion that Gohmert's issues with Obama were all about race. Later in the same segment Nia-Malika Henderson said she does believe Republicans have "legitimate" concerns about President Obama's policy and his political agenda. Matthews could not believe it and asserted conservatives and Tea Partiers don't like any form of government, "even fish and game!"
Matthews reminisced about the Clinton administration when Clinton was criticized for his affairs and his perjury, then claimed no one could come up with an issue that caused them to dislike Obama.
Nia-Malika said she did not want to cast "aspersions" on any of the GOP legislators but said America is constantly changing and growing and adapting to a black family in the White House. Joan Walsh was happy to jump in and agree with Matthews.