RNC chairman Reince Priebus appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show this morning opposite MSNBC host Chris Matthews, and all hell broke loose.
Matthews went off on Priebus over what he sees as race-baiting language from GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney; specifically his recent birther joke, and his false assertion that President Obama ended work requirements for welfare recipients.
The exchange got incredibly heated.
But Matthews truly went off the handle when Priebus called Obama’s policies European.
“I think Obama’s policies have created a sense that, for whatever reason, he’s looking guidance as far as health care is concerned, as far as our spending is concerned, as far as these stimulus packages are concerned, that he’s looking to Europe for guidance,” said Priebus on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” at the start of what would become a heated back and forth.
“What? Where do you get this from? That’s insane,” responded Matthews. “You mean the fact that every president we’ve had has tried to offset the economic cycle with stimulus going the other direction is somehow European?”
“We’ve got to get the debt under control,” said Priebus.
“What does that have to do with Europe and this foreignization of the government. You’re doing it now. Saying that he’s influenced by foreign influences?” said Matthews.
A heated back and forth went back for some time, until Priebus said, “I’m not going to get into this argument with Chris.”
“Because you’re losing, that’s why,” shot back Matthews, to some scattered applause in the live audience.
Check out the heated exchange below:
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