In recent days, Donald Trump has made a concerted effort to moderate the tone, and some would say the substance, of his campaign. So how does a notable member of the MSM reward him? By analogizing him in explicit terms to a Nazi.

On Monday evening’s Hardball, Matthews asked if Trump is “in the bunker?” Making the Nazi analogy clear, Matthews said that “somebody compared him to Downfall, the movie about the end of the Third Reich.” Matthews admitted: “it’s never fair to do that,” but that of course didn’t stop him, as he suggested that “he’s in the bunker but doesn’t know what’s going on outside. ”

For what it’s worth, the Washington Post‘s Gene Robinson demurred, saying that Trump follows every poll and is well aware of his situation.

With the football season approaching, let’s use a Vegas analogy: do you take the over or the under on 1,000 times that between now and the election the MSM will use a Nazi analogy on Trump?

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Is he in the bunker? Somebody compared to the Downfall, the movie about the end of the Third Reich, and said–it’s never fair to do that but–the idea, he’s in the bunker but doesn’t know what’s going on outside. Does he know he’s falling? Is he facing the abyss?

EUGENE ROBINSON: Look, I think he follows every number and every poll. I think he is — it’s like a fever chart for him. And every day, and he’s looking for a little uptick and a little encouragement. But I think he knows where he stands.

MATTHEWS: He’s facing the abyss.

ROBINSON: Right. And only for that reason, he’s agreed to these strictures that he may not be able to keep for very long. He hasn’t in the past.