MSNBC's Chris Matthews confuses South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate with GOP's Tim Scott

MSNBC's Chris Matthews confuses South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate with GOP's Tim Scott
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While on air during a Trump rally in South Carolina, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews confused South Carolina Democratic senate candidate Jaime Harrison with Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottHow much damage? The true cost of the Senate's coronavirus relief bill Senate unanimously passes T coronavirus stimulus package Senate rejects GOP attempt to change unemployment benefits in coronavirus stimulus bill MORE (R-S.C.), both of whom are black.  

“I see you standing there next to the guy you’re going to beat maybe,” Matthews said to Harrison, while the camera was on a frame of Scott and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on Campaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus MORE (R-S.C.). 

Matthews, the host of “Hardball,” was immediately corrected by other anchors before realizing he had mixed up the two South Carolina politicians. 

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“Big mistake, mistaken identity, sorry,” Matthews said. 

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Matthews has stirred controversy in recent weeks leading to several calls for his resignation or firing from the network. 

After the South Carolina debate, Matthews pressed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-Mass.) on why she believed a woman who had accused former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg of pressuring her to have an abortion while she was an employee for his company.

Earlier this month, Matthews likened Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on MORE’s (I-Vt.) decisive win in the Nevada caucuses to the Nazi invasion of France in 1940, drawing immense criticism from those who noted Sanders is Jewish and many of his family members were killed in the Holocaust.