In a telephone interview taped earlier today that aired on Wednesday's Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews shared with Democratic primary presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton that he worries that college-aged coeds who should be Hillary voters just, well, they just don't "get it."
Matthews was echoing concerns he voiced in an interview yesterday with Cecile Richards about millennial women not understanding just how precarious their rights – including the right to take the lives of their unborn children in an abortion – supposedly are these days.
What's more, depending how you read his tortured verbiage – see the transcript below – you could make the case he's even arguing that failing to elect the first woman president in Hillary Clinton could be a setback for women's rights.
For her part, Mrs. Clinton failed to rebuke the 70-year-old white male host's rather ageist and sexist charge against the nation's youth.
Here are the offending remarks in question and the corresponding video:
January 27, 2016; 7:11 p.m. Eastern
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Last question, and it's so important, this campaign. I think so, I know you think so. It has to do with history. And it’s not the only issue in the campaign, obviously.
But, obviously, if you look at the American Constitution, and you've studied constitutional law, and the fact is that it wasn't until after the Civil War that African-American men were given the right to vote in the 15th Amendment. And then women didn’t get it until after the first world war. There a long lag there.
Obama was elected president, you might get elected president. You may well get elected president. Do you think young American women, say young women in college, 18 to 22, 23, do they get it? How long this struggle has been and the fact that it's a precarious struggle that could fall back?
Do they know that all the rights to choice, to equality at workplace, when they do get it, all were fought for. Do they get it? That’s my simple question. I don’t know if they do. Do you think they get it?
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