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 ScottThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump takes on CDC over schools Finger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate Tim Scott says he's talking with House Democrats about reviving police reform 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 GrahamRomney blasts Trump's Stone commutation: 'Historic corruption' Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools 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. 

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 WarrenTrump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Pharma pricing is a problem, but antitrust isn't the (only) solution 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 SandersBiden wins Louisiana primary Oh, Canada: Should the US emulate Canada's National Health Service? Trump glosses over virus surge during Florida trip 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.