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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 ScottSen. Manchin paves way for a telehealth revolution Kerry Washington backs For the People Act: 'Black and Brown voters are being specifically targeted' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Bipartisan group reaches infrastructure deal; many questions remain 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 GrahamCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Graham quips key to working with Trump: We both 'like him' Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle 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 WarrenCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 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 SandersCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay 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.