MSNBC's Joy Reid: Trump Is the ‘Republican George Wallace’

June 25th, 2019 4:54 PM

Ever since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, liberals in the media have twisted themselves into pretzels in order to claim that he has a deep-seeded hatred for people of color. On Tuesday’s edition of Morning Joe, MSNBC’s Joy Reid made two particularly disgusting claims about Donald Trump’s supposed hatred for America becoming a more multiracial society.

Reid, who has a lot of nerve to accuse people of bigotry considering the things she once wrote about gay people, was on the show to promote her new book The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story. She began by comparing Trump to notorious segregationist and Democratic Governor of Alabama George Wallace:



WILLIE GEIST: As you write about in the book, the people who heard the phrase “Make America Great Again,” it meant to them an America that appeared to be slipping away was going to be reclaimed by this man and their lives would return to what they were. I'm interested in the other side of it. What do you hear when you hear “Make America Great Again"? 

JOY REID: I hear exactly that. I hear make America a country that, in the 1950s, meant white Christian men had dominion over everyone else. That's exactly what it means when I hear it. It’s George Wallace. He's just Republican George Wallace and that message has been resonant and actually has been potent for a very long time. David Duke used that message when he ran for governor of Louisiana; George Wallace obviously used it and he had a pretty good chunk of the -- at the time the Democratic Party. Richard Nixon used it. It's a common message because you just do have a certain quarter, maybe a third of the country that does not like the idea that we're becoming a more multiracial society. Where women have a lot of asserted rights and where they're not on top. 

Reid then followed up by claiming without any evidence that Trump only sees black people as equals if they are rich celebrities:


JOE SCARBOROUGH: Joy, it’s hard to keep up. I will say -- whiplash. The number that jumps out at you though is that at the height of Apprentice his "Q" rating with blacks, 27%. With whites, 8%. 

REID: Yeah. I mean -- the reality is unless you lived in New York in the 1980s and experienced Donald Trump, most people had no idea. You know, every friend that I have that is black watched The Apprentice. I was the only one who didn’t because I actually moved back here as a teenager in '88 and experienced Howard Beach and Bensonhurst and Donald Trump. And so, the Donald Trump I saw was the Central Park 5 guy. Those kids were my age, a little bit younger than me, so I experienced him as this horrible man and I never wanted to watch The Apprentice but no one outside of New York really knew that. And a lot of what Donald Trump did in Florida was he had all of the rappers, everyone was at his mansion at Mar-a-Lago because he wanted to put a thumb in the eye of the Toni -- you know, the upward people that looked down on him. Donald Trump has two kinds of visions of black people: one, celebrities and sports stars that he wants to be around. And two, every other black person that he thinks is beneath him—


REID: -- yeah, black celebrities are in one bucket, everybody else is in the other.

This is a wild accusation that is not backed up with facts, personal interactions, or specific points of reference. It is a vile partisan attack on the President, not journalism.