Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball, has a long track record of sexist remarks. On Tuesday, he added to the list, and it was ew, ew, ew. During MSNBC's coverage of the Indiana primary, Matthews was caught commenting on Melania Trump's "runway walk"— on live television! Apparently, Matthews thought his mic was off, but alas it was still on, and his gross sexism was exposed... yet again. Matthews' comments about Melania Trump are cringe-worthy and awful, but they expose that The Donald isn't the only man in America spewing sexism — Matthews may criticize Trump, but he parrots him, too.
So, what exactly did Matthews say about Melania Trump as she walked on stage with her husband? Well, it went like this:
Did you see her walk? Runway walk. My God, is that good. I could watch that runway show.
Yup, he said that.
Melania Trump has been heavily criticized and scrutinized during her husband's campaign — some say the former model isn't first lady material, and practically everyone unfairly alludes to her appearance as being "unpolitical." However, after Matthews' degrading comments on Tuesday, Melania Trump took the opportunity to stand up for herself, and fight back against the constant (and sexist) criticism.
Melania Trump's staff released a statement on her behalf saying,
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.
Melania Trump's response to Matthews' comments exposes a huge hypocrisy that has persisted throughout this primary season: Donald Trump's sexism is condemned, but similarly sexist critique of Melania Trump is condoned. This needs to stop.
Donald Trump continually degrades women, and it's horrible; however, it's time to realize that the GOP nominee gets away with his sexist comments because no matter how much Americans hope that such sexism is a thing of the past, it's not. Chris Matthews' commentary on Melania Trump is proof that sexism is alive and well in America — in fact, sexism is thriving!
Donald Trump needs to be stopped before he makes blatant sexism even more acceptable than it already is in the United States, but defeating The Donald clearly will not end the demeaning comments women face on a daily basis — from politicians to news anchors.
It's 2016 and it's time to stop allowing sexism to spread. Let's be respectful to Melania Trump, and Hillary Clinton, and Jane Sanders, and Carly Fiorina, and Heidi Cruz — to all the women who are already subjected to Matthews-like sexism every day.