On his program Friday, Mark Levin said that "if this were 1775-1776 the likes of Chris Matthews would be siding with the crown."
"He'd ultimately be the Benedict Arnold. He and his ilk," said Levin.
Levin was discussing an interview Matthews gave earlier in the day on MSNBC's Now with Alex Wagner in which Matthews compared Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to the last South African Apartheid-era leader, F.W. de Klerk.
Matthews said: "To set it up that way, the juxtaposition, they were willing, the McConnell people on to the far right, were willing to destroy the country in order to destroy Obama, whereas to succeed in a country he loved, F.W. de Klerk was willing to see it transformed to black rule so that it could be done successfully so that he would have his country have a better future.
"Reverend [Al Sharpton], I just, I owe it to you. I think that is the key statement about what happened yesterday, the loss of Mandela, and what his history was about, and the key statement of why this has been so poisonous the last five years. We have real people in this country with real power and status who have used that status of power to hurt the country so they could hurt the president. That's the most damning assessment I've heard and I think the truest."
To which Levin responded:
"I dare say that if this were 1775-1776 that the likes of Chris Matthews would be siding with the crown in England. He'd ultimately be the Benedict Arnold. He and his ilk. Oh yes, I believe that.
"While he and people like him project their own attitudes and ideologies on a Nelson Mandela or others, they're nothing like a Nelson Mandela or others. Matthews and his ilk are cowards. They're imbeciles. They live in the greatest country on the face of the earth. They've become wealthy and powerful in the greatest country on the face of the earth."
"People die to come here. People from all walks of life, all races, creeds and ethnicities, they come here. They try to come here while people who were born here like Matthews and his ilk, who become powerful, who become wealthy, who become famous or infamous tearing us down and destroying us from within. Race baiting, hate baiting, they don't believe in liberty, ladies and gentlemen, they don't believe in constitutional system, they don't believe in any of these things. They're ideologues of the hard radical left."
"They point to Nelson Mandela, not in his early days, but in his later days, his post-prison days as a figure for reconciliation. Is Obama a figure for reconciliation? Is Harry Reid a figure for reconciliation? Or any of the idiots on MSNBC figures for reconciliation? No. They're haters. They're ideologues."