Chris Matthews ripped for complimenting Trump's 'true presidential behavior' on Ginsburg

Former MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Monday praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE's “true presidential behavior” regarding the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgFauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Biden owes us an answer on court-packing MORE, prompting backlash primarily from the left on social media, including from former colleague Keith Olbermann.

“Trump is right to show respect for RBG. True presidential behavior. Far too rare,” Matthews tweeted to his more than 950,000 followers.

The post from the former speechwriter to President Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterPoll: Graham leads Harrison by 6 points in SC Senate race Biden leads Trump by double digits: poll Donald Trump is a (tax) loser, just like a lot of other people MORE came after Trump said on "Fox & Friends" that he plans to announce his nominee to replace Ginsburg, who died Friday due to complications from pancreatic cancer, on Friday or Saturday.


The president added that he wanted to “pay respect” to Ginsburg by waiting until after her funeral services to announce his nominee. 

Matthews's tweet quickly created backlash on Twitter.

Trump also said on "Fox & Friends" on Monday morning that he had narrowed his list down to five potential nominees. Trump has already committed to choosing a woman to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court


He added that he didn't believe Ginsburg said it was her "dying wish" not to be replaced until a new president is installed.

"I don't know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCensoring the Biden story: How social media becomes state media Porter raises .2 million in third quarter Schiff: If Trump wanted more infections 'would he be doing anything different?' MORE, Schumer and Pelosi?" Trump asked, referring to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOcasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts The 2016 and 2020 Senate votes are about the same thing: constitutionalist judges Pelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking MORE (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Schumer labels McConnell's scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote as 'a stunt' Pelosi: White House made 'unacceptable changes' to testing language during negotiations on coronavirus stimulus MORE (D-Calif.). "I would be more inclined to the second. That came out of the wind, it sounds so beautiful ... but that sounds like a Schumer deal or maybe Pelosi or shifty Schiff ... maybe she did and maybe she didn't."

"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," Ginsburg dictated to her granddaughter, according to NPR.

Trump told reporters upon hearing news of Ginsburg's death for the first time Friday night that "she led an amazing life" and was "an amazing woman."

"She just died? Wow. I didn't know that. You’re telling me now for the first time. She led an amazing life. What else can you say?” Trump told reporters after stepping off stage from a rally in Minnesota. “She was an amazing woman. Whether you agreed or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life ... I’m saddened to hear that."

His push to nominate a replacement on the court has sparked a battle with Democrats just weeks before Election Day.