By Curtis Houck | February 23, 2017 | 9:12 PM EST

MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews compared White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Thursday to Star Wars villain Darth Vader, even though “he’s a good speaker” albeit “a little strong but, you know, that’s part of the deal he’s got.”

By Curtis Houck | February 22, 2017 | 10:23 PM EST

Throughout Wednesday’s Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews expressed no concerns or reservations about the “grassroots resistance” and “anger from progressives” on display at congressional and Senate Republican town halls. All the while, he sang a different tune seven and eight years ago when the Tea Party was born, denouncing them as racists and sexists who shouldn’t be given the light of day. 

By Curtis Houck | February 21, 2017 | 9:54 PM EST

Appearing as a guest on Tuesday’s Hardball, MSNBC political analyst and USA Today senior political reporter Heidi Przybyla brazenly argued that anti-Semitism is becoming “mainstream” on the right after having been only a “fringe, alt-right, white nationalist movement.”

By Curtis Houck | February 16, 2017 | 10:19 PM EST

After a hectic Thursday of media meltdowns reacting to President Trump’s press conference, the lunacy was still flowing on MSNBC’s Hardball. In less than 20 minutes, host Chris Matthews compared a “manic” Trump to Jack Nicholson from A Few Good Men and Alger Hiss attempting to wiggle his way out of being deemed a Soviet spy.

By Curtis Houck | February 15, 2017 | 9:07 PM EST

On Wednesday night, MSNBC’s Hardball guests Tim Weiner and Malcom Nance equated the speculated ties between the Trump administration/campaign and Russia to “the most politically charged counterintelligence investigation since the Soviets stole the secret of the atomic bomb” or the Queen of England compromising Abraham Lincoln.

By Curtis Houck | February 14, 2017 | 10:28 PM EST

On Tuesday’s Hardball, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush happily speculated that the idea of the Trump administration being hit by a special prosecutor (regarding the Mike Flynn fallout) would be “one of the richest ironies and perhaps the biggest consolation prize for the Clintons” following the 1990s and 2016.

By Curtis Houck | February 9, 2017 | 11:10 AM EST

On Wednesday’s Hardball, MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews decried Republican silencing of Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) for breaking Senate rules as “brutal” and “stupid politics” because “people are going to rally to her and say she’s got spunk” for Democrats to defeat President Trump.

By Curtis Houck | February 8, 2017 | 8:54 PM EST

On Wednesday’s Hardball, host Chris Matthews took his latest cheapshot at Republican Senator Ted Cruz (Tex.), ruling that “[h]is unpleasantness...is immeasurable” after hearing a clip of Cruz criticizing Democrats for whining about Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) being silenced on the Senate floor. In contrast, Matthews showcased the utmost affection for Democratic Senator Tim Kaine (Va.) and inquired about his well-being since Kaine and Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election.

By Nicholas Fondacaro | February 7, 2017 | 12:34 AM EST

During a rare moment of candor on Monday’s Hardball on MSNBC, host Chris Matthews and a majority of his panelist actually came down hard against the 84 Lumber ad that aired during the Super Bowl, and which many believe was an anti-Donald Trump ad. “That is so weird because it seemed to me when I saw it, they are going to recruit people here without papers,” said Matthews after reading a statement from the owner of the company confirming his suspicions. 

By Curtis Houck | February 1, 2017 | 9:38 PM EST

On Wednesday’s Hardball, host Chris Matthews engaged in a fascinating debate with Stanford University’s Lanhee Chen on Supreme Court appointments and the Biden rule. But above all, Matthews lied that Obama appointee Merrick Garland “never got a conversation with a Republican” when Garland met with at least 16 Republican Senators.

By Curtis Houck | January 31, 2017 | 9:37 PM EST

Following President Donald Trump announcing Judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court pick on Tuesday, MSNBC appeared flat-footed by the “traditional rollout” of Gorsuch with correspondent Ari Melber noting how the reality-television predictions didn’t hold true while Gorsuch was “elegant and broad.” Despite that praise from Melber, Chris Matthews predicted that Gorsuch’s fate will be determined by whether or not Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell removes the filibuster (for which Matthews opined is unlikely).

By Curtis Houck | January 31, 2017 | 7:45 PM EST

Hardball host Chris Matthews was on edge Tuesday night as he awaited President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, grimly staring into the camera with an apocalyptic warning that Trump “is, tonight, conducting a campaign of shock and awe against this country’s institutions” putting Washington “on defense.”