MSNBC host Chris Matthews told The Daily Caller that he would still consider John F. Kennedy a hero and still would have written his new book “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero” if his daughter had been one-time White House intern Mimi Alford.
Alford recently wrote “Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath” about an affair she says started when she was 19 years old. In the book she claims Kennedy took her virginity and then asked her to perform oral sex on his aides. (RELATED: More on Chris Matthews)
TheDC caught up with Matthews on Monday at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., and asked if he would still revere Kennedy if his daughter, or perhaps a close friend, experienced what Alford had.
“It is a problem,” he admitted. “It’s one of the conundrums of having a hero like Kennedy.”
“Would I have written the book? Yes,” said Matthews. “I knew about those cases,” he added.
“I didn’t know about the particulars of this case that were pretty graphic and pretty awful. I do wonder why she wrote the book though,” Matthews said. “I don’t think many people are going to buy it. I don’t think it’ll sell at all.”
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