During Tuesday’s edition of “Morning Joe,” MSNBC host Chris Matthews lamented how his party alienated ordinary Americans and had too many elitists who thought they were better than everybody else.
Noting how the party had a problem with “elitism,” Matthews said that “there’s too much self-saluting.”
Watch his comments below:
“And I’m telling you, the people feel it,” he added. “There’s a party going on, and they ain’t invited to it, and that’s a big part of this,” he said.
“It’s not all about economics. It’s about sensing that your leaders give a damn about you personally,” Matthews said.
Matthews tore into his party’s intellectuals who had a pie-in-the-sky mentality and said they weren’t true Democrats since they thought they were better than others:
“A true Democrat, lowercase D, thinks they’re no better than anybody else. That’s what a Democrat is. And the party regains that with white, black, Hispanic people, everybody, starts to think of themselves as one of them instead of being better than them, they’ll get back to the party of the people, and they’re not there yet.”
He went on to argue that the party had too many events centered on saluting themselves.
“There’s too much self-saluting, too many events that seem to be about saluting them,” Matthews said. “Too many galas. People are tired of it. I’m sick of them.”
Tuesday wasn’t the first time Matthews seemed to break with people in his party.
At the end of last year, he called out former President Barack Obama and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for their apparent knocks on the working class.
“You call them deplorables, they hear it,” Matthews said of Clinton’s now-infamous gaffe.
“You say they cling to their guns and their religion,” Matthews said of Obama’s “guns and religion” comment. “‘Oh, yeah? I cling to my religion? OK. I’m a little person, and you’re a big person. Thank you. I’ll be voting for the other guy this time.'”