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 FrankenStudy finds misconduct is the top reason CEOs are leaving large companies Hirono electrifies left as Trump antagonist Miss USA pageant winner celebrated for addressing 'Me Too' movement on stage MORE (D-Minn.) and Sen. John ConyersJohn James ConyersReparations: The 'lost cause' of black politics? Members spar over sexual harassment training deadline Reparations bill wins new momentum in Congress 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 EllisonDemocrats face new civil war in primary fight 18 state attorneys general call on Justice Dept to release Mueller report Keith Ellison: Evidence points to Trump being 'sympathetic' to white nationalist point of view 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 TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' 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 SessionsAmash: Some of Trump's actions 'were inherently corrupt' 'Persuadable' voters are key to the 2020 election — and the non-screaming news industry Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general MORE's former Senate seat.