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Chris Matthews: Black People Thank Me For Using The Race Card

On Friday's edition of "Overtime," the internet-only portion HBO's "Real Time" with Bill Maher, guest panelist Chris Matthews of MSNBC said that black people have thanked him for accusing various Republicans and Republican policies of being racist.

Bill Maher, host: "Chris Matthews. Are you taking heat for willing to call a comment racist sometimes before anyone else has raised the issue?"

Chris Matthews, host of "Hardball" on MSNBC: "Everybody I've met who's African-American has come up to me, about six inches away from me and very personally said, 'thank you.' I met some people in Mozambique, I met some people in Jamaica. It is an international reality and everybody feels it on that side of the racial divide and it's disgusting that white people to whom the dog whistle is aimed, refuse to acknowledge it, is there, it's been part of our politics, we thought it was gone, it's back and it's being used to get votes"

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