MSNBC’s Joy Reid gets comeuppance for calling Justice Thomas ‘Uncle Clarence’
MSNBC’s Joy Reid received intense blowback on social media for using a racial slur against sitting Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The degrading reference was made during MSNBC’s 2020 presidential election coverage. No one remarked on the reference afterward.
A panel led by anchor Rachel Maddow was discussing the possibility that legal challenges to vote counts in crucial swing states would end up in front of the Supreme Court. Republican senators managed to confirm Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Court last week, cementing a 6-3 majority of conservative justices.
After President Trump’s remarks earlier Wednesday morning from the White House where he vowed to take outstanding vote issues to the Supreme Court, Reid warned that the Conservative-controlled high court would favor the president. That was when she made her ‘Uncle Tom’ reference to Justice Clarence Thomas.
“It’s not exactly clear that we can trust Amy Coney Barrett and Kavanaugh and these others not to be just like Bill Barr,” Reid vehemently stated, referring to the attorney general. “So what I think scares people is that if [Trump] decides to do something that legally makes no sense … but if they somehow manage to stumble into the Supreme Court, do any of you guys trust Uncle Clarence and Amy Coney Barrett and those guys to actually follow the letter of the law? No! I mean, it’s a completely politicized Supreme Court that you can’t just trust that they’re going to do the right thing.”
Thomas was nominated to the high court by President George H.W. Bush nearly 30 years ago and then was confirmed by the Senate.
Reid continued, “Now so far, the court has actually been pretty good. So we’ll see.”
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) November 4, 2020
Social media was set ablaze by Reid’s “racist” comment.
“Disgusting racist comment by @JoyAnnReid, a comment that would get her fired on any other network and deservingly so,” Reagan Batallion said.
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) November 4, 2020
“Shame on Joy Reid and MSNBC. But did @maddow say anything? How do you sit there and think this is okay? Seriously,” radio host Jason Rantz stated.
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) November 4, 2020
“Wow. Such a horrible thing to say,” Washington Examiner reporter Anthony Leonardi tweeted to his followers.
Wow. Such a horrible thing to say. https://t.co/3J1ZnbGfzs
— Anthony Leonardi (@TonyDLeonardi) November 4, 2020
Joy Reid has previously tried to delegitimize Black conservatives. During the Republican National Convention, Reid suggested that the GOP “trotted out” Black people to speak in order to make White nationalism more acceptable. Her controversial remarks also include homophobic statements and supporting 9/11 conspiracy theories. Reid has also falsely claimed her Twitter feed was hacked after making offensive statements.
In September, Reid took aim at Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron by saying he put his party before his identity as a black man.
“You have to always look at [political] party,” Reid said. “Party is the religion now in America, especially for Republicans. Don’t look at the fact that this guy is black. That does not mean anything. He is a Republican, through and through.”
Reid was awarded her own prime-time program in July 2019 called “The ReidOut.”
“Uncle Clarence?” Are you kidding me?? https://t.co/7V5db56BBa
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) November 4, 2020