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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Asks Curt Schilling To Clarify His Remarks About Jews, It Doesn’t Go Well

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Schilling: “I’m Apparently An Anti-Semite Now,” “I’m Not Going To Play The Victim Game Because I’m A White Male Christian, Which Apparently Makes Me A Racist”

From the October 21 edition of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews:

CHRIS MATTHEWS (HOST): Let me ask you about you, you had comments a couple hours ago, with Jake Tapper, talking about how the Jewish vote tends to go Democrat, even though the Democratic Party is not as hawkish as the Republican in the middle east — Republican Party is. Do you want to clarify some of that? Because that’s a tricky topic with people, anything to do with ethnicity or gender, I’ll tell you is tricky, very tricky. So, here’s a chance —

CURT SCHILLING: Well, I mean Chris, I’m apparently an anti-semite now, because I had the gall and the audacity to ask someone of the Jewish faith why or how they believe people of the Jewish faith vote Democrat! I mean, god forbid I listen to someone of the faith, rather than the media, who clearly are not biased and don’t have an agenda. I mean, that to me is just common sense.

I don’t want — I don’t need Chris Matthews to tell me why people of Jewish faith vote the way they do, I want to ask someone of the faith. To me, that’s much more relevant. I think that — and I don’t have a problem asking people questions like that, because I’m not trying to be offensive or racist. I’m clearly curious, because I’ve read my history. I understand my history, that, you know, that this country feels so anti-Israel in the last 15 years, more so than at any point in my life and I can’t figure that out.

MATTHEWS: Well, that’s a legitimate debate we’re all going to have. By the way, left, right on Israel, left, right on Bibi Netanyahu is a popular argument anywhere in the country, by the way. Especially in Israel they argue about that stuff, which is a great thing over there.

But the problem is, people will say is, and I’ll say it, you can’t ask a person of a religious faith or a race to speak for that religious group and to ask them to sort of account for it. You ask them to account for it as an individual.

SCHILLING: No, you can. Chris —

MATTHEWS: Go ahead.

SCHILLING: Not true. Liberals do it with Christians all the time. Liberals do it with Christians all the time, and I’m not going to play the victim game because I’m a white male Christian, which apparently makes me a racist to anybody, that as long as — if I don’t speak out in favor of whatever it is they want me to speak out of.

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