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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: Thoughts And Prayers Should Be ‘Outlawed’

Amber Athey White House Correspondent

MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews suggested outlawing “thoughts and prayers,” as a response to mass shootings on his show Thursday evening.

Matthews was discussing the latest mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, with his guest, California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier. Both suggested that people who offer thoughts and prayers to the victims of shootings don’t actually care about the victims.

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“The moments of silence are about all Congress has the guts to do — it’s not good enough,” Speier said.

“You mean thoughts and prayers?” Matthews said sarcastically. “I’m sorry, I mean, that should be outlawed.” (RELATED: NBC Made Payment To Staffer After Sexual Harassment Claim Against Chris Matthews)

Matthews added that he knows thoughts and prayers are “well intended in some cases,” but Speier interjected, saying, “No, it isn’t.”

Matthews conceded, “Usually, it’s a throwaway line by a staffer who knocks off some script, some product, some wordage for somebody political to make it sound like they give a damn.” (RELATED: Sources: Chris Matthews Runs Abusive Work Environment)

Speier added that the victims “don’t give a bloody you-know-what” about moments of silence and thoughts and prayers.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 07: Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) joins members of the House Administration Committee during a hearing on preventing sexual harassment in Congress in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. Committee members and staff tasked with handling sexual harassment cases in Congress agreed that the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 needs to be revisited and reformed in the wake of recent accusations of harassment and resulting resignations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 07: Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) joins members of the House Administration Committee during a hearing on preventing sexual harassment in Congress in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Speier was shot five times while fleeing Jonestown in 1978.

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