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 FrankenTake Trump literally and seriously in Minnesota Ninth woman accuses Al Franken of inappropriate contact Al Franken to host SiriusXM radio show MORE (D-Minn.) and Sen. John ConyersJohn James ConyersEXCLUSIVE: Trump on reparations: 'I don't see it happening' McConnell: Reparations aren't 'a good idea' This week: Democrats move funding bills as caps deal remains elusive 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 EllisonJudge threatens to put prison officials in same uncooled cells as inmates Minnesota students file federal lawsuit against school district alleging 'deliberate indifference' to racist incidents Former Sanders aides launch consulting firm 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 TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS 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 SessionsTrump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' Trump's tirades, taunts and threats are damaging our democracy MORE's former Senate seat.