Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” said states like Texas, Utah and Wyoming would “be going crazy and lighting bonfires at federal buildings” if recent controversies surrounding the Trump presidency happened under a Hillary Clinton administration.
Matthews said that the Republican Party’s unsatisfying reactions to Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian attorney who supposedly had dirt on Clinton showed him that some states don’t care about those controversies, but they would if Hillary Clinton was president.
On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out emails that showed “the clearest sign to date that Trump's campaign was willing to consider election help from a longtime U.S. adversary,” according to the Associated Press.
“The email exchange posted to Twitter by Donald Trump Jr. showed him conversing with a music publicist who wanted him to meet with a ‘Russian government attorney’ who supposedly had dirt on Clinton as ‘part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump,’” the AP reported.
In response to the email, Trump Jr. wrote, “I love it.”
President Donald Trump responded to controversy on Twitter, once again calling the Russian investigation “the greatest Witch Hunt in political history.”
Republican strategist John Brabender said on “Hardball” that some states have developed an apathy to the Trump-Russia story, which has dominated headlines.
Brabender said people tell him they want to talk about health care and that it doesn’t affect their lives in the current moment.
Matthews said it could affect who holds the presidency. He added that conservative states would react a lot different if Trump-Russia controversy happened under a Clinton president.
“You said that people out in the country aren't focusing on this,” Matthews said on “Hardball.” “I understand there’s still a lot of attitude against the establishment. But if this were Chelsea and Hillary involved in this, you don't think that that crowd out there in Ted Cruz country, in Utah, southern South Dakota, and those other countries represented there — in Wyoming. You don’t think they’d be going crazy and lighting bonfires at federal buildings.”
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, reacted to the Trump Jr. news, though, calling it “a bunch of bunk.”
"Let me put it this way: I don't think that's relevant to the Trump administration,” he said, according to Rolling Stone.