On Thursday’s episode of Hardball, host Chris Matthews compared President Trump to Communist junta leader Mengistu Haile Mariam, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, and the former Romanov czars of Russia. Matthews further added that Trump could have his son-in-law Jared Kushner killed just as Mussolini killed Galeazzo Ciano (via Newsbusters).

This is not Matthews’ first foray into death fantasies.

Matthews earlier compared Kushner and his wife Ivanka to the barbaric sons of Saddam Hussein, Uday and Qusay (via Washington Times).

In reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s new book, The Smear, which details how the mainstream media has been corrupted by political actors and smear campaigners, she warns Americans always to be distrustful of what they read and watch.

Every story and every utterance made by the mainstream media is there for a reason, Attkisson warns.

Knowing that, what could be Matthews’ basis for comparing the Trump’s family to murderous dictators?

Obviously, the Left has taken all the wrong lessons from this month’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.

On the other hand, Matthews’ outrageous claims could be part and parcel of the mainstream media’s smug attitude. As recently captured by Project Veritas, CNN producer Jimmy Carr was caught on camera calling American voters “stupid as sh**” (via YouTube).

Maybe Matthews sincerely believes that the America people are dumb enough to swallow his shallow historical comparisons.

Even worse, maybe Matthews is convinced that Americans are dumb and angry enough to do something about the supposedly dictatorial Trump family.

Whatever the case, Matthews’ rhetoric is not only stupid and incendiary; it provides a window into the mindset of those people who use the media as a way to fool or otherwise sway American voters.

Matthews tries to paint himself as the voice of reason, especially by objecting to President Trump’s recent Twitter takedown of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski (via MSNBC).

Never mind the fact that Joe and Mika attacked Trump first. Also, never mind that Trump’s counter-punch comes after months of dishonest reporting about him.

Notice, though, how the mainstream media comes so quickly to the defense of one of their own. The media is really a cartel, and unfortunately many lame-wristed Republicans, including Ben Sasse and Jeb Bush, jumped on the anti-Trump angry train.

Our president is a fighter. We support his ongoing war against the fake mainstream media.

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