Chris Matthews called Mike Huckabee’s recent comments about President Obama’s childhood “racist” in an appearance on Monday’s “Tonight Show.”

Matthews began by discussing the 2012 presidential field with Jay Leno. He called the prospective candidates “the weakest list of candidates that I’ve ever seen.” Leno then asked him about Huckabee. Matthews then brought up Huckabee’s comments, which he made on a New York radio station earlier in March.

Huckabee said that Obama “grew up” in Kenya, and that his “view of the Brits” was different from most Americans because of their role in fighting the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya.

Huckabee later said that he misspoke, and meant to refer to Indonesia, not Kenya. Matthews has repeatedly said he doesn’t believe Huckabee, and he repeated this assertion to Leno.

“[Obama] never spent one day of his life in Kenya,” Matthews said. “…I think it’s racist. I’m sorry. I think that’s the game they’re playing.”

Chris Matthews: Mike Huckabee’s Obama Comments Were ‘Racist’

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  • Cliff Weaver

    I am always amazed at what mindless statements are made in the political arena right or left. Anyone who has done their homework knows that Mike Huckvee is far from a racist. “Racist” in this sense, is word used by unethical people who deliberately desire to stir up controversy. All in all it’s a cheap shot!

  • Cliff Weaver

    I see no posted rebuttals to Chris Matthews “racist” statement about Mike Huckabee. Does TalkBytes consider his statement silly enough on it’s own?

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