Ironic: Joy Reid Invites Rep. Maxine Waters to Discuss 'Threats' and 'Violence'

February 3rd, 2021 10:05 PM

On Tuesday evening, MSNBC’s Democratic propagandist Joy Reid interviewed Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) to get Waters’ reaction to her colleague Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) recent Instagram live recounting of the Capitol riot on January 6.

Of course, before The ReidOut host asked her softball question about how watching Ocasio-Cortez dramatically delineate her experience made Waters “feel,” Reid fawned over how Waters had been “obsessively attacked” by conservatives throughout her career.



Ironically — and embarrassingly — Ocasio-Cortez was not even inside the Capitol Building on January 6, according to The Daily Wire.

Reid, of course, painted Waters as a victim of racism, bigotry, and far-right threats. She failed to acknowledge, however, that at public event in 2018, Waters fervently told her fellow Democrat supporters to accost, surround, and harass any identifiable members of the Trump administration when spotted in public: “If you see anybody from [the Trump administration’s] cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd! And you push back on them! And you tell them they’re not welcome!”

Even more ironically, Waters demanded that former President Trump be “charged with premediated murder” for inciting the riot, while she employed similar rhetoric as Trump used at his speech at the rally at the Ellipse on January 6 — almost verbatim —when calling on her fellow Democrats to “fight as hard” as they can to see “justice”:

“As a matter of fact, he absolutely should be charged with premeditated murder because of the lives that were lost with this invasion, with this insurrection. And so yes, we are threatened, but we can't back up. We've got to fight as hard as we can to see to it that there's some justice.”

The chyron ironically read: “Impeachment Mgrs.: Trump ‘Summoned A Mob’ And Aimed It At Them Like A ‘Loaded Cannon’”; Waters is the one who actually encouraged her supporters to form a mob around Trump’s cabinet members.

Joy Reid’s hypocritical interview with Congresswoman Waters, who demonstrably lacks any sense of self-awareness, was sponsored, in part, by Cadillac. You can contact this advertiser, and others, via the Conservatives Fight Back page conveniently linked here.

Click “expand,” to read the full February 2 transcript:

MSNBC The ReidOut
7:06 PM


JOY REID: Joining me now is Joining me now is Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California, chair of the House Financial Services Committee. And Congresswoman, it’s always great to talk with you, but I want— I specifically wanting to talk to you today because you have been where AOC is, as somebody who's been obsessively attacked by the right, vilified, treated to sexism and racism because you've been an active, activist member of Congress since you've been there. We're watching you now back in the 1990s, you know, after the insurrections in Los Angeles. Can you just tell us how you feel hearing somebody like Alexandria—Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tell that harrowing story and also your own experience having to be in that capitol on 1/6?

MAXINE WATERS: Well, thank you so much, Joy. As I listened to AOC, my heart went out to her because I know what she was experiencing, and particularly when she connected with the trauma that she had experienced when she was sexually abused. And so, she described, in a very vivid way, what was happening with her when she heard them calling out, "Where is she? Where is she" while she was hiding. And as she said, she thought that this was the end for her, that she could be killed. I know how she felt because I have been threatened also so many times. And you're absolutely correct. Because I took on this President early, I called for his impeachment early, I have been threatened time and time again. The Oath Keepers, who were part of the domestic terrorists who came to the Capitol and invaded our Capitol, attempted to come to my office in Los Angeles. And they tried to organize other domestic terrorists to join them. My community discovered what was going on and they turned up in big numbers, and, of course, the Oath Keepers had a change of mind, when they saw that the community was not going to stand for it. I had to put out a notice to all of my community to say, please don't come. Don't engage with the Oath Keepers. Don't allow them to get you involved in a confrontation because I was trying to keep the peace, because I know that if they actually showed up and there was a confrontation, it would be bloody. And so, it was not only been the Oath Keepers, as we went back and took a look at how many times I've been threatened and what has happened to some of these people, in April of 2018, a man named Anthony Lloyd Scott got three years of probation and 100 hours of community service for threatening to kill me. Of course, the Oath Keepers who, as I mentioned who, tried to come to my office but was turned back and they are very bloody, and they are white, right-wing supremacists. Also, there was a Richard Mel Phillips in Florida who pleaded guilty to leaving a threatening voicemail message of --- with my office. And so, I discovered that he was also sentenced along with several others. This Anthony Lord Scott who is a Trump supporter in California pleaded guilty to threatening me a voicemail and so he also was sentenced, and so it goes on and on and on. I am, of course, accustomed to being threatened, but I have to be concerned about security and I have to watch my back and I have to make sure that I'm not putting myself in a position where I can be harmed. I have to know, you know, where I’m going, when I'm going. I often times have security, I had it all during my campaign. I have to make sure that I'm not allowing people to walk behind me. I have to look out before I step out to see if there are any, you know, strange-looking people loitering around, on and on and on. But I and other women, minority women in congress, are often threatened. And we are at risk. And just as AOC was threatened that day, I was lucky, I was locked in my office. I would not leave it—even when they tried to get me to go to where they were gathering all of the members in one room. I'm glad I didn't, because of the contagion that took place there and the members that ended up with, you know, the COVID-19.

REID: Yeah.

WATERS: But I recognize what she was saying and how she felt. And I know how I have to live my life. But what's so interesting about all of this is they tried to make themselves the victim, when, indeed, they are following the President of the United States of America, who had advance planning about the invasion that took place in our Capitol. And even there's information that some of the planning came out of individuals working in his campaign. As a matter of fact, he absolutely should be charged with premeditated murder because of the lives that were lost with this invasion, with this insurrection. And so yes, we are threatened, but we can't back up. We've got to fight as hard as we can to see to it that there's some justice. For the President of the United States to sit and watch the invasion and the insurrection and not say a word because he knew that he had absolutely initiated it and as some of them said, he invited us to come. We're here at the invitation of the President of the United States. When he rallied, he said go to the Capitol, fight hard. This is—take back your country. And so if that's not inciting the kind of violence that we witnessed, I don't know what is.

REID: Indeed, Congresswoman. I want to note for our audience that the Speaker of the House, who also was hiding under a table with some of her young staffers, I know a lot of the staffers who work for y’all are very young people, has issued a dear-colleague letter. It says: “It is important to facilitate an accurate personal record for the healing process… It is also clear that we will need to establish a 9/11-type Commission to examine and report upon the facts, causes and security relating to the terrorist mob attack on January 6.” I want to thank you, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, for that and please stay safe. Definitely please stay safe and thank you.

WATERS: Thank you very much.