Joy Reid, the host of MSNBC’s “ReidOut” walked headfirst into controversy Monday when she suggested that President Trump radicalized his supporters in the same way “Muslims act.”
Per Fox News:
“We in the U.S. media describe that as they are radicalizing those people — particularly when they’re radicalizing young people. That’s how we talk about the way Muslims act. When you see what Donald Trump is doing, is that any different from what we describe as radicalizing people?”
Her comments came in response to President Trump retweeting a video of a pro-Trump caravan which included a man who shot paintballs at protesters.
Honestly, this kinda of casual Islamophobia is hurtful and dangerous.
We deserve better and an apology for the painful moment for so many Muslims around our country should be forthcoming. https://t.co/megnZyL9dd
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) September 1, 2020
Rep. Rashida Tlaib quickly chimed in, echoing Omar’s concerns.
Words matter and these words feed into the harmful anti-Muslim rhetoric & actions that we continue to see in this country. It is even more painful to hear it from someone I admire.
We deserve an apology. https://t.co/Ei1R4FojZJ
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) September 1, 2020
Reid did not mention the issue on her show Tuesday night, which prompted criticism from the civil rights organization Muslim Advocates.
“She spent much of the show discussing racism, however Reid failed to acknowledge the harm she caused, did not apologize for stereotyping Muslims as violent radicals and failed to address her history of anti-Muslim comments …” the group said in a statement. “By refusing to apologize and disavow her anti-Muslim comments, Reid is continuing to put Muslims in danger.
Other journalists and activists who typically find themselves aligned with Reid expressed outrage on Twitter.
Nearly 1/4 of the world’s population acts how? https://t.co/jOta8uNHsZ
— Briahna Joy Gray (@briebriejoy) September 1, 2020
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) September 1, 2020