I’ve said some pretty unkind things about Texas Senator Ted Cruz over the past couple of years. I’ve called him the most dangerous man in America (still stand behind that one), lizard-lipped (can you deny that’s true?), and claimed that he has the sick, smarmy smile of a serial killer. OK, so maybe the last one was a bit much, but he does have a very unsettling smile.
But until today, I had never heard Cruz referred to as a troll and just below the level of human life, which is what MSNBC host Chris Matthews said earlier today on “Morning Joe.”
The conversation, as you would expect, was about the results of last night’s New Hampshire primary, where Cruz finished third, behind Donald Trump and Ohio Governor John Kasich. Matthews got the topic of Cruz started by commenting:
“There’s a troll-like quality to Cruz. He operates below the level of human life.”
Joe Scarborough, who has never met a Republican he didn’t automatically want to embrace and vote for, tried to tell Matthews he had gone too far:
“That’s a little tough! You have not gotten sleep. We’re going to try that again.”
But Matthews shot Scarborough down, asking:
“Can I not have an opinion?”
Again, Scarborough tried to play Mr. GOP:
“Not that opinion.”
Then Matthews got to his real point, and what he said was truer than perhaps even he realized:
“I think he appeals to people’s negativity rather than their joy. I don’t think people feel good about voting for Cruz.
“What is he? A theocrat? Maybe he is. There’s something about that guy who has always reminded me of Joe McCarthy, and there’s something about him that’s negative and menacing.”
No matter what you may think of Chris Matthews, today he was perfectly on point, and what he said about Cruz needs to be heard by every registered voter in this country.
Watch Chris Matthews Call It Like He Sees It
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.