MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews has suggested President Trump follow the example of Italian fascist Benito Mussolini and assassinate his own son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
“You know one good thing Mussolini did was execute his son-in-law,” Matthews said on his June 29 show. “I know that was an extreme measure, but this is a strange situation.”
Matthews noted that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is rumored to be irritated with Kushner’s influence in the West Wing. The “Hardball” host proposed that Trump murder Kushner to rid the U.S. government of the purported nepotism threat:
Secretary Tillerson believes he’s been contradicted and undermined by the White House. A close associate of Secretary Tillerson explained: “Rex is just exhausted. He can’t get any of his appointments approved and is running around the world cleaning up after a president whose primary foreign policy adviser is a 36-year-old amateur.”
Now, Ashley, I’m allowed to have opinions and one of my opinions was that nepotism is a bad thing in government. It just is. … It is a disastrous decision from day one and now we find Kushner in the Middle East, brokering the Middle East peace process, whatever it is, among the Arabs and Israelis and Likud and everybody else and, meanwhile, Tillerson is sitting around doing what? He can’t even appoint his own deputies. The power seems to have gone to the son-in-law.
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Matthews also compared Kushner to Saddam Hussein’s sons, Uday and Qusay:
You put Uday and Qusay in your government and you’re going to have a problem with everybody else in the government because nobody can fight with them. Nobody can challenge them and, in the end, the son-in-law is always right because he can always go to his father-in-law or his wife and say they were mean to me.
Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, is a senior adviser to Trump and specializes in foreign-policy issues. Kushner does not collect a paycheck.
Matthews’ comments came in the wake of a leftist gunman’s attempt to assassinate House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., in June.
Donald Trump Jr. noted the hypocrisy and lack of condemnation from the left. In a June 30 tweet, he wrote: “Given this week’s ‘outrage’ I’m trying to figure out why this is ok & no one has a problem with it? LMK Thanks. Hint: lib double standard.”