At about 1:26 a.m. during MSNBC's live coverage of election night, co-anchor Chris Matthews obsessed over critics of President Obama who "practically frisked" President Obama and told him, "get out of your car, show me your birth certificate, who are you?"
Even as he rejoiced that racism had not cost Obama reelection, Matthews made his comments on the subject after co-host Rachel Maddow noted polls showing Obama had received a lower percentage of white voters than four years ago. Matthews:
I am, well, I happen to be white, and I've been very ashamed in this election by the comments made by people, supposedly on behalf of our race, which we don't need it, our ethnic group. Stuff by, it just, it was relentless throughout this campaign, and it just, I'm so glad it was just those perpetrators and agitators that were doing it, that it didn't have a mass effect apparently. That is such a good thing about our country, you know, we're still trying to pick the best President.
Ed schultz jumped in:
I just don't think that that's much erosion when you consider the narrative that they had for four years, just so negative on him, from his birth certficate to not being American enough.
They practically frisked the guy. I mean, it's unbelieve-, get out of your car, show me your birth certificate, who are you? I'm the President of the United States.