MSNBC Panel: Trump 'Unleashed' a 'Virus of Hate'

Saturday on MSNBC’s AM JOY a panel of all Trump critics decided to blame the sitting President for all hate crimes on U.S soil for the past two years, forgetting he’s only been president for 136 days.

 

Anchor Joy Reid, writer of pieces like “Losers Think Trump Makes Them Supermen” and “GOP, Time to Dump Trump, You Cowards” on her spare time, began the one-sided panel by saying of Trump supporters: “We cannot say that every person that commits a hate crime is a Donald Trump adherent or supporter or that he is responsible for their actions, but Donald Trump tweets about everything.” She then went on to mock the President for tweeting and attack him for not tweeting enough, all in the same breath.

 

 

Speaking of the Portland attack, she went on to ask HuffPost Journalist Anushay Hossain, author of pieces like “Why Amy Schumer Is Your New Feminist Best Friend”, about how the President is not tweeting enough about what they want, and how he’s encouraging hate crimes:

 

JOY REID: …And even when there was a tweet, it didn't come from his account, it was the POTUS account. The right words, but not from Donald Trump's personal account. What is the significance of that?

 

ANUSHAY HOSSAIN: It is significant and it is important that you pointed it out. Even if you want to give him the benefit of the doubt that he does care about all Americans of all colors and faiths, you really can't. Why does it take him so long to acknowledge or tweet sympathy for these horrific acts? It took three days for the terrible incident in Portland. He hasn't acknowledged the young black student getting killed in the college park Maryland. so it is like, he's not responsible for racism, but he is definitely responsible for the culture that he's created in this country where people feel like their hate is legitimatized because the president encourages it. I thought it was interesting that the southern poverty law center said they often see the rise in hate crimes happening in these communities that he demonizes.

 

In addition to accusing the President of encouraging racism and not caring about people of color, they complained that he spoke about attacks too late. This, coming from the same organization that rebuked him for his swift condemnation of the Paris attack months prior. They also seem to think that the President should publicly mourn some deaths, but not others, like the three law enforcement officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty since the Portland attack.

 

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Joy Reid, who had raised eyebrows earlier that day for calling the French president to "rule" the U.S. and France, teed up her next Trump take-down to Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center:

 

RIED: Richard let's go to you on that because the SPLC did have a report out in February saying hate groups have been increasing for the second consecutive year as "Trump electrifies the radical right." Please explain

RICHARD COHEN (Southern Poverty Law Center): That's right, trump's rhetoric coupled with his constant attacks on so-called political correctness have given license to people with hate in their heart. Trump needs to do more than denounce it now. Trump needs to take some responsibility for the virus of hate that he has unleashed. Until he apologizes for what he has done, until he is held accountable for his words, I'm afraid it will be difficult to cure this virus in our country.

 

This coming from the same Southern Poverty Law Center that inspired a mass shooter to attack the Family Research Council in 2013, something they have not yet apologized.

 

Below is the transcript of the panel discussion:

 

 

JOY RIED: We cannot say that every person that commits a hate crime is a Donald Trump adherent or supporter or that he is responsible for their actions, but Donald Trump tweets about everything. He stays up at night and he tweets nonsense words, but he didn't tweet about Portland. It was very striking because you did have even a member of the United States military was killed. Heroic people who intervened to save two teenage girls from a hate crime. And even when there was a tweet, it didn't come from his account, it was the POTUS account. The right words, but not from Donald Trump's personal account. What is the significance of that?

ANUSHAY HOSSAIN: It is significant and it is important that you pointed it out. Even if you want to give him the benefit of the doubt that he does care about all Americans of all colors and faiths, you really can't. Why does it take him so long to acknowledge or tweet sympathy for these Horrific acts? It took three days for the terrible incident in Portland. He hasn't acknowledged the young black student getting killed in the college park Maryland. so it is like, he's not responsible for racism, but he is definitely responsible for the culture that he's created in this country where people feel like their hate is legitimatized because the president encourages it. I thought it was interesting that the southern poverty law center said they often see the rise in hate crimes happening in these communities that he demonizes.

RIED: Richard let's go to you on that because the SPLC did have a report out in February saying hate groups have been increasing for the second consecutive year as "Trump electrifies the radical right." Please explain

RICHARD COHEN (Southern Poverty Law Center): That's right, trump's rhetoric coupled with his constant attacks on so-called political correctness have given license to people with hate in their heart. Trump needs to do more than denounce it now. Trump needs to take some responsibility for the virus of hate that he has unleashed. Until he apologizes for what he has done, until he is held accountable for his words, I'm afraid it will be difficult to cure this virus in our country.

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