Election 2012

Matthews Calls Third-Party Voters "Idiots"

Only voting for an approved, major-party candidate can give you a tingling sensation


Hard to tell if the A block of MSNBC's 12 p.m. hour today was "Now With Alex Wagner" or "Hardball with Chris Matthews."

Matthews was a guest at Wagner's table today, but largely controlled the conversation as he railed against people who either weren't intending to vote or intended to vote for a third-party candidate.

"If you don't vote, you're an idiot," Matthews yelled at the camera. "If you don't vote, I don't want to talk to you. And if you vote for one of these numbskull third or fourth party candidates like Gary Johnson or Jill Stein and say, 'Oh, I was so surprised at what happened…' No! You shouldn't be! Because idiots like you voted for third and fourth party candidates, and they don't know how this system works. You have two choices."