The Corner

Re: No, Ted Cruz Is Not a Terrorist

Mike and Ian object to Chris Matthews’s description of Senator Ted Cruz as a “terrorist,” but he seemed quite pleased with it last night.

Matthews initially caveated his description, calling Cruz a “a political terrorist,” but later appeared to abandon that qualification when pressed on it by Republican strategist Steve Schmidt. Schmidt disagreed with Matthews’ use, saying he was “uncomfortable with the word”; Matthews snapped back, “Then don’t use it — use your words, I’m comfortable with it.”

“The purpose of a terrorist — and you can use different meanings than blowing bombs — is to cause chaos, and to bring down a government because of the chaotic situation where no one has any trust in institutions,” Matthews explained. “You tell me how that’s not what he’s doing here.”