Chris Matthews Says Bernie Sanders Would Lose This Many States Against Donald Trump

( – Chris Matthews apparently does not like Bernie Sanders. He doesn’t like his socialist agenda, and he doesn’t like his chances against President Donald Trump in a head-to-head presidential election.

The MSNBC anchor made his views known on TV Tuesday when he said Sanders and the Democrats would lose all but one state against Trump. Matthews also scolded the other Democratic candidates for president for not attacking his “self-declared socialism.”

He said: “They’re just pandering to the Bernie people, and you know what pandering gets you? Nothing. They’ve got to get out there and say, ‘I disagree with socialism. I believe in the markets. I think he’s wrong. I think he’ll never get it done, and this country will never go that direction, and by the way, we’ll lose 49 states.'”

That prediction of Sanders only being able to win one state was a nod to the 1972 presidential election, when Democrat George McGovern lost 49 states against Republican Richard Nixon. Matthews was at the Democratic National Convention that year and said he saw McGovern’s far-left supporters “dancing in glee” once he defeated the moderate Democratic candidates.

“That can happen again,” Matthews said. “So clearly, that’s what I see. It could happen again.”

Instead of standing by and trying not to ostracize the Sanders supporters, Matthews said other Democratic candidates need to attack him, telling people that his policies are just completely unrealistic. He continued:

“Nobody just says the obvious: ‘Bernie, you’re full of it. None of this is going to get passed. You’re going to be a miserable president, frustrated from the first day because you’re not going to get Medicare for All. You’re not going to get free college tuition for public universities. You’re not going to get payoffs of all student loans. None of this is going to happen, and you’re just going to sit there and stew in it.’

“So why don’t they bring that up? I do not understand why they don’t bring that up.”

Matthews has his supporters in his viewpoints on Sanders. Jennifer Palmieri, who served as Hillary Clinton’s communications director during her 2016 campaign against Trump, said:

“I think Chris is right that in this multi-candidate field, you have to have a harder edge against Sanders and make the argument about what he’s not going to be able to do, and there are people who were just never going to come our way. They just never, ever were. To build your campaign assuming that you can win over the hardest-core Sanders supporters is a folly to me.”

Matthews and Palmieri’s point here is that other Democratic candidates need to stop trying to play nice with Bernie supporters, hoping to lure them to their side if they’re able to claim the Democratic nomination. Trying to win over staunch Sanders supporters is a lost cause; it’s just not going to happen.

For Trump, all this Democratic in-fighting has to be making him happy. If the party’s candidates aren’t even united in what needs to be done for the country, how do they expect to oust a president who’s receiving high approval ratings already?