On Thursday evening, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews suggested that New Jersey Republican senatorial candidate Steve Lonegan was a racist for using a “not-so-subtle dog whistle” during his debate with Newark Mayor Corey Booker. What was the dog whistle? Lonegan said, “All that income tax and sales tax money getting poured into the black hole of Newark. The biggest portion of our tax dollars goes to Newark, New Jersey.” Matthews then scoffed, “Did you catch that? Big black hole of Newark? Hmmm.” Booker, of course, is black.
Ann Coulter has provided a handy guide to terms Matthews considers to be “dog whistles”; during the 2012 election cycle, Matthews accused Mitt Romney of using a racist dog whistle by saying that President Obama had weakened welfare-to-work requirements. “ Other “dog whistles” include the word “Chicago.”