As reported by Politico:
In an interview with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Matthews railed against the tea party, saying its central belief is “every man for himself. …No more taxes, no more government, no more everything. No more safety net.”These people are ignorant. Makes Keith Olberman look intelligent, which he is not. No wonder MSNBC has some of the worst ratings in the cable news business. How they get on TV is beyond me.
“You know these people, if they were every man for himself down in that mine, they wouldn't have gotten out,” Matthews added.
“That's exactly right,” Trumka chimed in.
Matthews continued: “They would have been killing each other after about two days.”
Adam Brandon, a spokesman for FreedomWorks, the tea-party group founded by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, said it was “distasteful” and “sickening” for Matthews to inject politics into the story of the dramatic rescue of 33 trapped miners.
“It shows he has a fundamental misunderstanding about what we’re about. It isn’t every man for himself. It’s everyone working to do what they do best, a division of labor, so that everyone benefits,” Brandon said. “In that mine, everyone was working toward a common goal. It wasn’t dictated; it was spontaneous order.