Julianne Malveaux is one of the most connected African-American academics around. She is a ubiquitous presence on TV and in print, has been a faculty member at numerous universities, served as a college president, and is currently the head of the educational branch of Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
Yet despite a resume that includes a Ph.D. in economics from MIT, Malveaux traffics in hateful rhetoric.
The Media Reseach Center [NewsBusters's parent], in its list of The 20 Most Memorable Leftist Excesses of Public Broadcasting, noted Malveaux wishing for the death of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas:
"I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease. . . . He is an absolutely reprehensible person.”
As a guest on Joy Reid's MSNBC show this morning, Malveaux once again resorted to ugly rhetoric. Discussing the dust-up between Nancy Pelosi and "The Squad" [composed of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley] Malveaux urged her fellow Democrats to unite around their larger objective:
"At the end of the day, the goal has to be to get rid of the orange orangutan."
Neither Reid nor any of the other panelists pushed back at Malveaux's characterization of the president as an ape.
Malveaux also swiped at a senior counselor to President Trump, speaking derisively of "Crazy Kellyanne Conway."
Here's the transcript.
11:28 am EDT
JULIANNE MALVEAUX: You know, they [The Squad] can’t be marginalized at all, but we have to remember when we’re discussing this, that dissent really is a bedrock of democracy. As Donna says, we need both sides. The Democratic party is extraordinarily diverse, not only racially but also ideologically. We’re seeing this play out. Now, at the end of the day, the goal has to be to get rid of the orange orangutan.
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Both sides need to learn how to work together. We don’t know what’s happening behind closed doors. We’ve got Crazy Kellyanne Conway running around saying things like a "catfight." I hate it when women describe dissent among women as a catfight.