MSNBC's Matthews: 'Worst you can say about Democrats is they're too pure'

MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews said Thursday night that "the worst you can say about Democrats is that they're too pure" in light of recent resignation announcements made by Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenGillibrand defends her call for Franken to resign Gillibrand: Aide who claimed sexual harassment was 'believed' Kirsten Gillibrand officially announces White House run MORE (D-Minn.) and Sen. John ConyersJohn James ConyersOvernight Health Care: Pelosi asks how to pay for single-payer | Liberal groups want Dems to go bigger on drug prices | Surprise medical bill legislation could come soon Key Dem chairman voices skepticism on 'Medicare for all' bill Democrats seek cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) amid sexual harassment allegations.

Franken, 66, on Thursday announced his intention to resign from the Senate by defiantly stating that some of the eight accusations of sexual misconduct made against him were false while saying he remembered other encounters differently. 

Conyers, 88, stepped down on Tuesday. 

"Do you think the American public are now going to see the difference between the two parties?" Matthews asked.


"I don't know how you can avoid the education in this. The worst you can say about Democrats is they're too pure," he later continued.

"That’s a stupid thing to say, but that's the worst thing you can say about them, these guys set too high a standard for public office."

Matthews's guest Jason Johnson, a politics editor for, concurred with the host's perspective.

"I think this is wonderful because it is a standard that we should all be following," Johnson said.

"It increases enthusiasm, it makes people much more happy about the party. It may not bring any Republicans over, but it will certainly make Democrats much happier," he added. "They can bring some attention and excitement to what might be Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonKeith Ellison: Evidence points to Trump being 'sympathetic' to white nationalist point of view Trump: Media 'working overtime to blame me' for New Zealand attack Democrats upset over Omar seeking primary challenger MORE or the woman lieutenant governor in Minnesota running for that position."

As the Democrats deal with the resignations, a number of Republicans, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE, continue to back Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore despite a number accusations against him that he made sexual advances toward teenagers when he was in his 30s.

Moore will face Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12 for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump O'Rourke on impeachment: 2020 vote may be best way to 'resolve' Trump MORE's former Senate seat.