Matthews: You're from what state? Tennessee. You're from a Southern state that was part of fighting the Civil War from the other side. What about people from Pennsylvania whose ancestors went down and fought, and fought the Civil War and got killed? We lost 600,000 men in that fight in the Civil War who died at point blank range. These guys were killed fighting the evils of slavery, and now you want them to apologize. It makes no sense to me.
Why should the whole country apologize for what a good half or more of the country got killed opposing, sir.?
Cohen: Well, first of all....
Matthews: I mean you're from Tennessee. Maybe you should apoligize first before you ask the rest of the country to. Why should Pennsylvania apologize for something it fought and died... you're laughing! It's not funny! Why should anybody apologize for your sins!
Cohen proceeds to attempt to give Chris Matthews a little history lesson and explain to him that the sins of slavery in the United States were not limited only to the south.