Chris Matthews

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews may be unapologetically liberal, but he has certainly pinpointed why President Donald Trump won the election in November 2016.

Speaking Monday during the Miami Book Fair, Matthews pointed out, “People don't mind being used, they mind being discarded.” He added that’s exactly what many on the left have done to white, working-class Americans.

Here’s what the MSNBC anchor said:

“Ever since we started this Archie Bunker thing in the early ’70s, making fun of white working people, we kissed them goodbye. You make fun of people. You look down on them. They get the message.”

Matthews was quick to call out both former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, too.

He took issue with Clinton’s infamous campaign gaffe, when she described those who supported then-candidate Trump as “deplorables,” and when Obama frustrated Midwest voters in 2008 by saying, “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

“You call them deplorables, they hear it,” Matthews explained. “You say they cling to their guns and their religion. ‘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.’”

“I think we need some unity again,” he added.

See Matthews’s comments below.

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