Joy Reid worries Biden could usher in ‘a smart version of Trump’ in 2024: ‘that’s what scares me most’
MSNBC’s host Joy Reid stated on Tuesday that she is very worried that President-elect Joe Biden will “be too conciliatory” in regards to who he brings into his administration. She also lamented that Biden could set the country up for a “smart version of [Donald] Trump” in the 2024 presidential election.
Reid brought the subject up on her show The ReidOut. She was in agreement with Jason Johnson on the perceived perils of a Biden presidency. Many in the Democratic Party are tentative about Biden’s cabinet picks.
Johnson is concerned after Melody Barnes, who served as Director of the Domestic Policy Council during Barack Obama’s first term. She said she believes Biden will “make the decision he thinks is the best set of decisions for the country.”
“I believe that he will create a coalition and that kind of diversity that I was just speaking of, that not everyone is going to like everyone that’s a part of his Cabinet or part of the senior White House staff,” Barnes stated.
“But ultimately, I think the norms, I think he values and his principles that he talked about on the campaign trail are going to be what drives him. We can see that already in some of the selections that he made.”
To that end, Johnson responded, “This is the greatest concern I had about Joe Biden even though I always thought he was a candidate most likely to win amongst all the Democrats. He’s too conciliatory. This is not about working together. I don’t want Rahm Emanuel anywhere near a presidential administration. This is a guy who was more concerned about Jussie Smollett than he was about Laquan McDonald. I don’t want John Kasich, who was in favor of suppressing as many votes as he could, to be anywhere near this administration. Joe Biden needs to recognize that he has four years to make the case that obnoxious, aggressive, white nationalist Trumpism isn’t effective, that he can rally the country around strong difficult principles again. That means picking people who may sometimes buck the trend.”
Johnson also said it’s great to prioritize diversity in who joins the Cabinet, but “if all that diversity includes people who are all in favor of drone strikes and bombing Yemen, that’s not a good thing.”
Reid wholeheartedly agreed with Johnson on the points he made. She said if nothing happens during a Biden administration then “we could get somebody – a smart version of Trump.”
“Biden can come in and try to be FDR and say ‘I’m going to make big change because big change is required in this moment.’ He could be LBJ and say, ‘Dammit, I know I’m a Southerner but this can’t last. We have to make dramatic change,’” Reid put forth.
“Or he can try to come in and be a conciliator just try to hold the line, be more of a Carter and say, ‘I just want everyone to get along. And let’s try to do smaller things that are nice but don’t really change anything,’” Reid continued.
“That feels to me – I think I’m with Jason on this – I feel like it sets up 2024 to be a referendum on, ‘Nothing happened. Nothing changed in my life. Therefore give me another rule-breaker,’” Reid added.
“And then we could get somebody – a smart version of Trump. And that’s what scares me most.”
Reid and Johnson are not the only ones that are concerned over Biden’s picks. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are staunchly against Rahm Emanual who is a possible selection for Biden. And there’s already Democratic pushback to Biden reportedly considering former acting CIA director Mike Morell to run the agency.
On Tuesday, Biden formally announced his first appointments to his Cabinet and senior White House leadership. They encompassed a national security and foreign policy team.
During his announcement, President-elect Biden said his appointments are “a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it” and said they will “confront out adversaries and not reject allies.”
Biden’s appointments include Antony Blinken as Secretary of State, Alejandro Mayorkas to head the Department of Homeland Security, Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, Thomas-Greenfield as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Jake Sullivan as his national security adviser.
Biden highlighted his commitment to tackling the global warming crisis by appointing John Kerry as his international climate adviser.