Matthews Defends Green New Deal Over Common Sense, Maduro Over Bolton

NewsBusters | 2/13/2019 | Staff
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In a wild Hardball on Wednesday, MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews spent the latter portion of the program defending the Green New Deal, expressing dismay at Republicans for “mak[ing] fun of” the proposal seeking to address the dangers “we're facing as a species” because of climate change, and defending murderous Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro because National Security Adviser John Bolton isn’t a fan.

“Up next, the race is on to define the Green New Deal. We're going to talk about the Green New Deal. Will Republicans succeed in painting it as a boondoggle? And will Democrats find a way to translate its idealistic framework into actual policy,” Matthews stated in one of two teases for a softball interview with Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA).

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In that second tease, Matthews spun the Green New Deal as something no one could possibly object to, ignoring things such as every building in the U.S. needed to be modified or replaced if it’s not up to snuff, while cars and meat would be banned:

The resolution sets the goal of achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs for all, securing clean air and water, upgrading infrastructure, providing high quality health care for all. The proposal pushed by the progressives in the Democratic Party is the opening salvo, of course, in what is expected to be a deeper, longer debate on climate change.

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Matthews led into the Kennedy interview with clips of Republican Senator John Barrasso (WY), White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley, and President Trump blasting the Green New Deal on the heels of news that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will put it to a vote.

The MSNBC pundit and Kennedy family biographer started with this softball, allowing Kennedy to ramble (click “expand”):

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MATTHEWS: Well, I’m joined right now by U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy of Massachuetts. Thank...
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