During MSNBC’s coverage of the Republican National Convention, host Chris Matthews reacted to a speech given by Susan Smith, whose son Sean was killed in the Benghazi terror attacks, “I don’t care what that woman up there, the mother has felt, her emotions are her own, but for the country, in choosing a leader, it’s wrong to have someone get up there and tell a lie about Hillary Clinton.” Matthews criticized “this gross accusation that somehow Hillary Clinton had anything to do with the death of Chris Stevens, the ambassador, she had nothing to do with it.”
Smith’s speech apparently struck at the core of MSNBC’s host, who continued to blast away at the poor woman, referring to her as “uneducated” and saying that “someone like that has no right whatsoever to tell people like Hillary Clinton what to do.” “Honestly, I really have no idea why they wanted to ruin their whole evening with this charade,” he added. “This is like inviting a Mexican illegal immigrant to hold a press conference instead of President Obama, it’s just completely pointless and full-on stupid.”
“When have we started giving value to what uneducated people with a lot of messed up emotions think about the way the country should be run?” Matthews said. “To be able to comment on what Hillary Clinton should or should not have done, one needs to first be able to fill her shoes and put him or herself in Hillary Clinton’s place at the moment of the attack. Instead, what we saw tonight is a mother, a grieving mother who thought it was a great idea to share her thoughts about the decisions made by a woman who was once the First Lady and now stands to become the first female president of the United States.”
The host also said, “I understand that she must be mourning the loss of her son, it’s natural. But what she and the entire Republican Party, apparently, don’t understand is that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. It’s an old saying, but it’s full of wisdom – wisdom we’d be wise to abide by. After all, her son wasn’t the only one who died that day. It sounds insensitive, I know, but the ambassador also died, an ambassador who was doing and excellent job, I might add. And yet, we didn’t see his family speaking tonight.”
“And you can be upset all you want, dear viewers, but at the end of the day, I was put here to do a job and that job was to convey and comment on anything and everything that took place here tonight. And to be quite honest, I really don’t care what that dumb woman thinks about Benghazi, about Hillary Clinton, about U.S. foreign policy, about terrorists, about ISIS or about the weather today. She should not have been there and it is a catastrophe that she was. But, life goes on, the damage is already done and there’s nothing left to do but forget about this and move on. Besides, I heard a rumor that Vladimir Putin is scheduled to speak at the next convention. And if I wasn’t doing this job, I’d actually pay to see that one,” Matthews concluded.