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01/27/2011 08:48 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Chris Matthews: Bachmann Displays 'Profound Ignorance' (VIDEO)

Chris Matthews kept up his criticism of Michele Bachmann on his Tuesday show for her statements about American history, saying that she displayed "profound ignorance."

Matthews was speaking to Texas Tea Party leader Phillip Dennis and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capeheart. After playing the now-infamous clip of Bachmann saying that the founding fathers "worked tirelessly to end slavery," Matthews turned back to his guests, still astonished at her interpretation of history. It was the second day in a row that he lambasted Bachmann; on Tuesday, he called her a "balloon head."

"I don't know what to make of it," Matthews said. "...I call her a balloon head for a reason. She has no grasp or knowledge of American history. I mean it, she's proving it."

Dennis said that he mostly agreed with Matthews about Bachmann's misreading of history, but that, in some ways, she was "technically right."

"No she wasn't!" Matthews yelped. "Why do you cover for this ignorance? This is profound ignorace...these people have like the code of omerta when it comes to ignorance that's coming out of the mouth of Michele Bachmann."

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