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article imageChris Matthews: 'I'm so glad we had that storm last week'

By Andrew Moran     Nov 7, 2012 in Politics
New York - MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews may be in hot water after declaring during Tuesday's election night coverage that he was happy that the United States had Hurricane Sandy hit its east coast last week, which resulted in at least $50 billion in damages.
The YouTube video hasn’t gone viral yet, but some news outlets, such as the Daily Caller and the Washington Post, have begun to report on Matthews’s comments that apparently make it out that Hurricane Sandy’s destruction was great politically for the country.
“I’m so glad we had that storm last week. ‘Cause I think the storm was one of those things. No. Politically, I should say. Not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics,” said Matthews.
As Matthews was making those remarks, the video apparently shows colleague Rachel Maddow trying to refrain from Matthews continuing on with his diatribe. Meanwhile, as the camera faded away and had a wide shot of all of the commentators, viewers can see Lawrence O’Donnell shaking his head.
Later, Matthews attempted to clarify what he meant through Twitter.
“To clarify -- I was thrilled at the cooperation between the President and state officials that made the country proud. Great bipartisanship,” tweeted Matthews. “Obviously I wasn't talking about the horror of the storm. I grew up on the Jersey shore.”
MSNBC has not issued a statement regarding Matthews’s remarks.
Hurricane Sandy’s devastation has resulted in damages estimated to be between $50 billion and $100 billion. It has also left more than 100 people dead, thousands have been left homeless and it may take months or even years to rebuild.
Similar comments have been made since the storm hit the American east coast. Many economists, media reports and financial experts have said the hurricane will be fantastic for the economy.
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