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 FrankenTrump's new labor chief alarms Democrats, unions Al Franken: It's time to start taking Trump 'literally' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Mexican officials scramble to avoid Trump tariffs 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 EllisonFormer Sanders aides launch consulting firm Minnesota AG will defend state's abortion restrictions despite personal views Hillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups 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 Trump2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Trump averages highest approval rating of his presidency in second quarter: Gallup GOP House campaign chair condemns 'send her back' chants: 'There's no place for that kind of talk' 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's no racist; he's an equal opportunity offender Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question MORE's former Senate seat.