Former CNN anchor Piers Morgan criticized MSNBC host Chris Matthews during a Fox News appearance on Wednesday night for comparing the Trump family to the Romanovs, the former royal family of Russia.
Morgan and host Sean Hannity discussed the media's coverage of President Donald Trump's alleged connections to Russia and some of the narratives that they seem to portray.
"We’re expected to believe that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin get together, and they plan the mass murder of children to make some kind of point that they’re no longer best buddies. Really? Really? We think this a legitimate conspiracy theory flying?" Morgan said.
"This is NBC News!" Hannity exclaimed.
Morgan then brought up Matthews and called him out for his repeated comparisons of the Trump and Romanov families.
"I watched — Chris Matthews, wasn’t it? — talking about them being the Romanovs — the Trumps. He ended up by saying — not just a comparison to the Romanovs, who were this royal family in Russia for 300 years — but said, ‘And we know how that ended,'" Morgan said.
The clip that Morgan is referring to of Matthews comparing the Trumps to the Romanovs on Tuesday can be viewed below.
Morgan went on to explain how the Romanovs were all slaughtered at the start of what would become the communist Soviet Union.
"Whatever your view of the Romanovs, that’s not really a comparison I don’t think anyone in the American media should be making about the Trump family," he said. "What are we supposed to deduce from that comment — that, somehow, Jared [Kushner], Ivanka, and Donald are all going to be murdered by communists?"
Hannity chimed in and said that the media is at "a new low" for how they portray Trump and his family, including his 10-year-old son Barron and wife Melania.
Matthews has repeatedly compared the two families over the last couple months. Matthews likened President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner's White House roles to the Romanovs' last week. He also asked on Inauguration Day why the Trump family reminded him of the Romanovs.