MSNBC's Chris Matthews spoke about the effect President Donald Trump has on Hillary Clinton during an interview with former Senator John Warner (R-VA). Warner also expressed his displeasure of Trump and the treatment of Hillary Clinton.
Warner also said the 2016 U.S. presidential election was "not a proud chapter in our history," but confident that democracy is at work.
"It's not a proud chapter in our history, this race," Warner said Wednesday. "And I think, fortunately, our democratic system is working. And we're going to get to the bottom of this thing, how and what did happen and did not happen. I'm confident of that."
Matthews praised Warner for standing up against "some of the crazies" in the Republican party, notably Oliver North. The MSNBC host said the form Senator had the guts to make tough decisions against "the crazies" and called him a Republican that progressives could respect.
CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: Well, I have to tell you, watching you all the years, Senator, I saw you stand up against some of the crazies in your party, like Oliver North.
I saw you stand up for women's rights and health. You made tough decisions in your party. You're smiling because you know you stood up for them, and you had the guts to do it, to take on the crazies.
And I think a lot of progressives watching now would probably look up to you right now and say, there's a man I can respect, even if he's a conservative.
FMR. SENATOR JOHN WARNER (R-VA): Well, I always used to say, country first, state second, OK, politics, I'm here third.
Matthews and Warner discuss President Trump and Hillary Clinton:
MATTHEWS: Were you surprised at how bipartisan at least today was? It was like a battle truce.
WARNER: No, that doesn't surprise me.
WARNER: Because I think that bipartisanship, we saw it with all the presidents and the first ladies there today. There were a few tense moments, not that I saw all of it. But you did, perhaps.
MATTHEWS: I'm looking for it.
WARNER: Well, they were there, and they were very dignified about it...
WARNER: ... knowing they have feelings.
MATTHEWS: Well, it's hard for someone like Mrs. Clinton.
WARNER: Oh, it's terribly hard for her.
MATTHEWS: Because the way that he's been trashing her.
WARNER: Well, not only that, but there's a question of how it was done.
WARNER: It's not a proud chapter in our history, this race.
And I think, fortunately, our democratic system is working. And we're going to get to the bottom of this thing, how and what did happen and did not happen. I'm confident of that.