|MSNBC's Joy Reid|
Reid, who took over the 7 p.m. hour of the network’s primetime lineup in July, is facing backlash over remarks she made while examining violence committed by Trump supporters, and his alleged unwillingness to denounce them.
The MSNBC host noted that the president liked a tweet praising accused Kenosha killer Kyle Rittenhouse and would not condemn his supporters for shooting paintball guns and Mace at racial justice agitators in Portland, before attempting to argue that Trump was radicalizing his base.
“When leaders — let’s say in the Muslim world talk a lot of violent talk and encourage their supporters to be willing to commit violence including on their own bodies in order to win against whoever they decide is the enemy, we in the US media describe that as they are radicalizing these people, particularly when they’re radicalizing young people. That’s how we talk about the way Muslims act,” Reid said.
“When you see what Donald Trump is doing, is that any different from what we describe as radicalizing people?” she then asked.
Like Fredo at Fake News @CNN, the very untalented Joy Reid should be fired for this horrible use of the words “Muslim Terrorists”. Such xenophobia and racism on MSDNC. Anyone else would be gone, and fast!!! https://t.co/a5HSIEXlQL— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 2, 2020
After her remarks, viewers and lawmakers alike were quick to express their outrage.
Omar (D-Minn.), a member of “The Squad” of progressive lawmakers and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, took to Twitter soon after seeing Reid’s comments.
“Honestly, this kinda of casual Islamophobia is hurtful and dangerous,” she wrote. “We deserve better and an apology for the painful moment for so many Muslims around our country should be forthcoming.”
Trump, who has been in multiple feuds with “The Squad,” echoed Omar’s sentiments in his own tweet posted early Wednesday.