On "Hardball" Tuesday Chris Matthews criticized Newt Gingrich for comments he made at a GOP Senate-House fundraising dinner Monday night, saying his statements exhibited "xenophobia" and an "anti-world mentality."
At the fundraiser Gingrich declared proudly that he was not a "citizen of the world" and that 'the entire concept is intellectual nonsense and stunningly dangerous." (Gingrich also used the occasion to declare that President Obama had "already failed.") The former House Speaker then went on to list a number of countries that he would not want to be a citizen of under any circumstance.
Matthews, who had began the segment by asking if Gingrich could be the figure to lead the GOP's comeback, made it clear he found nothing to like in Gingrich's worldview : "If that's gonna lead the Republican Party out of the wilderness, maybe they should just stay in the wilderness, because he looks like the enemy."
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