Whatever thrill used to go up and down Chris Matthews’s leg is gone now that Donald Trump is in office. Only fear and uncertainty remain as the MSNBC host makes some wild comparisons on his show.
On Monday, Matthews invoked the names of Uday and Qusay Hussein, the murderous sons of the late Iraqi president, when discussing the “enormous power” Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have in the White House:
“You know, we kid. I kid about everything, but Uday and Qusay working for Saddam Hussein — you couldn’t go to a restaurant and have eye contact with those guys without getting killed.
“These people are really powerful. Imagine getting into a fight in the office with Jared or Ivanka. They have enormous power, and they’re always gonna be there.”
While President Trump’s grown children having roles in his administration has brought complaints of nepotism and allegations of ethical violations, comparing them to the sons of a brutal dictator is other-level insanity.
Matthews did acknowledge the dire consequences of a stray eye looking toward the brothers, but here are a few other horrors the two involved themselves with:
- Tortured losing Iraqi athletes by making them kick concrete balls, or dragged them through gravel pits and submerged them in sewage to infect the wounds.
- Kidnapped, tortured, and raped young Iraqi women.
- Tortured defectors inside an iron maiden.
- Beat and killed officers who didn’t salute them, or refused to let them dance with their wives.
Sure, Chris, we see the similarities… not.
CNN was less dramatic in its comparison:
The pair have long been top advisers to Trump, but both now seem ascendent. Ivanka Trump, who is getting her own West Wing office, is heading to Berlin in April at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to attend the W20 Summit. Kushner, it was announced Monday, will lead an “innovation” office tasked with making government more efficient.
Even as Trump courts chaos and competing factions among his top staff, the couple is often referred to as “moderating forces,” and “Donald Trump whisperers.” The phrases “inner circle” and “power couple” often accompanying reports about the two, who live just two miles from the White House in DC’s Kalorama neighborhood.
According to a Pew Research Center conducted in December, 2016, a large majority of Republicans (66%) believe Trump’s adult children have the “right amount” of influence on his administration, while most Democrats (59%), feel they have “too much.”
H/T The Blaze