An MSNBC host has been called to give his resignation following his comparison of Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Nevada caucus to the Nazi invasion of France.
The Vermont Senator won the Nevada Democratic caucuses with 47 percent of the vote, the Associated Press reported.
As the results came in and Sanders took an early lead on Saturday night, Hardball host Chris Matthews claimed Republicans would release opposition research on Sanders that would “kill him” if he became the Democratic nominee for president, Newsweek reported.
But the MSNBC host said it was “too late” to stop him, at one point comparing Sanders’ victory over other top Democratic contenders to Hitler’s invasion of France.
“I was reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940 and the general, Reynaud, calls up Churchill and says, ‘It’s over’. And Churchill says, ‘How can that be? You’ve got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?’ He said, ‘It’s over’,” said Matthews.
His comments sparked a backlash on Twitter, with some critics noting that it was particularly distasteful as Sanders is Jewish and had lost relatives during the Holocaust.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that Matthews is making comparisons between Bernie Sanders, whose family was murdered by Nazis, to Nazis. @HardballChris needs to retire. Immediately,” Media Matters editor-at-large Parker Molloy wrote.
Reporter Alex Kotch added, “I’m really, really insulted by a major pundit on an allegedly liberal news network comparing a Jewish candidate’s overwhelming caucus victory to the French losing a battle with the Nazis. Get this lunatic off the air.”