MSNBC commentator and Hardball host Chris Matthews found himself so captivated by the gait of Melania Trump while covering the Indiana primary on Tuesday night that he felt the need to express his admiration...out loud...with his mic on.

“Did you see her walk? Runway walk. My God, is that good,” the septuagenarian murmured as his co-host, Brian Williams, tried in vain to blot him out with a recap of the night’s events.

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Matthews, of course, was not to be silenced. “I could watch that runway show,” he says lustily, the grotesque verbal equivalent of a dog licking its chops. Left with no other choice, a desperate Williams cuts to a commercial break.

MSNBC declined to comment on Matthews’ remarks. Trump’s camp, however, responded with a statement.

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Melania Trump is an accomplished businesswoman and entrepreneur in her own right, achieving tremendous success in a variety of industries, including an illustrious modeling career, as well as being a dedicated wife and mother. It is unfortunate to see the continuous inaccuracies and misrepresentations made by the media of Mrs. Trump as anything less than the independently successful woman that she is.

Such behavior is old hat for Matthews, who has a voluminous history of making moronic and/or offensive comments about women. Of particular interest are his insights on Hillary Clinton, who he has in the past described variously as “witchy” and resembling Nurse Ratched, the main antagonist in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

The list of Matthews’ past transgressions is long indeed, but perhaps there is no example more mesmerizing for its timeliness than his assessment of Clinton’s re-election as senator in 2006. “I was thinking how hard it is for a woman to take on a job that’s always been held by men,” he mused at the time. Go on.

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“We were watching Hillary Clinton earlier tonight. She was giving a campaign barn burner speech, which is harder to give for a woman. It can grate on some men when they listen to it, fingernails on a blackboard, perhaps.”

Grating indeed.

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