As Americans wrestle with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the possibility of an irrevocable conservative majority on the nation's highest court, former MSNBC host Chris Matthews is facing backlash after praising President Donald Trump's reaction to Ginsburg's death.
Following a Friday night rally, the President was asked by reporters for a comment on Ginsburg's death, where he appeared to be learning of the development for the first time.
"She led an amazing life, what else can you say? She was an amazing woman — whether you agreed or not — she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life."
The President later issued a complete statement praising Ginsburg's legacy.
Trump's unqualified praise for a political enemy of his was just as short-lived as it was rare. Trump has since called to replace Ginsburg on the Court before the November election, in defiance of her dying wish that she not be replaced until a new President is installed.
In an interview with Fox and Friends, Trump implied that Ginsburg's granddaughter—who released the statement regarding the late Justice's final wish—was lying, and that the wish was actually "written out" by Democratic lawmakers.
Regardless of the human decency Trump displayed upon learning of Ginsburg's death, the President almost certainly intends to nominate a judge whose track record indicates a willingness to roll back not only some of Ginsburg's most consequential decisions, but rights which have protected marginalized Americans for decades.
Nevertheless, Matthews called Trump's reaction "true presidential behavior," while conceding that this behavior, for Trump, is rare.
Matthews was ousted from MSNBC after criticisms of inappropriate comments to guest interviewers.
Even Matthews' colleagues in media pushed back against his claims that Trump was being presidential.
Twitter users guffawed at the use of the word "presidential" to describe Donald Trump.