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Chris Matthews Fawns Over Sally Yates, Calls Her ‘Attractive’ and Praises Her ‘Nice Southern Accent’

MSNBC host Chris Matthews praised former acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday for her congressional testimony, saying she was obviously "attractive" and complimenting her "nice southern accent."

Matthews criticized Trump for trying to distract the media and American people with his tweet Monday calling Yates' testimony "old news."

Matthews went on to praise Yates and said Trump is picking the wrong person to make enemies with since she was fired by the president in late January for telling Justice Department lawyers not to "defend his recent executive order halting the Syrian refugee program and temporarily barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States," according to the Washington Free Beacon.

"I have to say that just watching her today, I wouldn't want to be against her," Matthews said. "Unflappable, attractive, obviously, very well-spoken, that nice southern accent, standing up there right in the face of Ted Cruz, when Cruz was being, I thought, pretty nasty."

Washington Post correspondent Greg Miller agreed with Matthews and said Yates really had "command" of the room and that she "strongly presented" the information that was asked of her.

"Some of them look nervous or they don't know how to do it straight," Matthews said. "She was straight across the table. There was a power to that intellectual and moral confidence that she showed today that I think is driving Trump crazy."

Matthews' comments about Yates' appearance and accent did not go over well on Twitter. Several people, many of whom are part of the "resistance" movement against the Trump administration, called his comments "sexist."

Matthews' comments even got the attention of Media Matters for America, a left-wing advocacy group, which posted the clip on its Twitter page.