Chris Matthews addresses GOP party playing the “race” card

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Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” ripped into GOP chair Reince Priebus over Mitt Romney’s “birther” joke last week and playing the “race” card in campaign ads.

Said Matthews: “It is an embarrassment to your party to play that card… This stuff about getting rid of the work requirement for welfare is dishonest — everyone’s pointed out it’s dishonest… And you are playing that little ethnic card there. You can play your games and giggle about it, but the fact is that your side is playing that card.”

Priebus wasn’t having it but Chris Matthews did not back down. Good for Matthews. Priebus and the GOP can sit back and deny, but what Chris Matthews says here is true. And the GOP knows it.