The Bottom Line

Is US politics more toxic today than it was 50 years ago?

Veteran journalist Chris Matthews reflects on politics, American style.

For more than 20 years, Chris Matthews made a name for himself on the nightly TV show, Hardball on MSNBC, where he became famous for grilling American politicians and breaking down the country’s politics.

Less known is that he was a politician himself once, running for Congress in the mid-1970s, and working for former President Jimmy Carter.

From his front-row seat to decades of American history, Matthews tells host Steve Clemons about a different time in US politics. But has politicking changed much between the presidency of Richard Nixon and Donald Trump? Decide for yourself after watching this wide-ranging conversation.