Chris Matthews’ unfiltered remarks on Melania Trump have gone viral.
Matthews — host of MSNBC’s Hardball — made comments about Melania’s appearance on air Tuesday. As his fellow MSNBC anchors Brian Williams and Rachel Maddow discussed Donald Trump’s speech after his victory in the Indiana primary, Matthews commented on Melania, seemingly unaware that his microphone was on.
“Did you see her walk?” Matthews said of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s wife. “A runway walk. My God is that good.”
He added: “I could watch that runway show.” Meanwhile, Williams announced they were going to a commercial break.
In a statement provided to Entertainment Weekly on Thursday, a rep for Melania said, “Melania Trump is an accomplished businesswoman and entrepreneur in her own right, achieving tremendous success in a variety of industries, including an illustrious modeling career, as well as being a dedicated wife and mother. It is unfortunate to see the continuous inaccuracies and misrepresentations made by the media of Mrs. Trump as anything less than the independently successful woman that she is.”
MSNBC declined to provide EW with a statement about Matthews’ comments.
Matthews has a history of commenting on female public figures’ looks. In 2011, he said Sarah Palin “could not be hotter as a candidate” and described her moves as “electric.” Back in 2007, he compared Hillary Clinton to Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, asked his audience if she was a “she devil,” and aired a graphic portraying the politician with horns, according to Media Matters. Matthews has also assessed fellow on-air personalities, asking Erin Burnett in 2007 to “move closer to the camera” because he found her to be a “knockout.”
Like Melania, Matthews has been a politician’s spouse: His wife, Kathleen Matthews, lost her bid to become the Democratic Party’s candidate for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District seat this year.
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