Joy Reid kicked off September by inflaming members of the Muslim community. In a commentary response to Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany stating that she nor the president had seen video that involved Trump supporters with paintball guns, and some Tweets the President liked and shared over the weekend.
In the video that can be seen in Omar’s tweet, Reid’s response is, “when leaders, lets say in the Muslim world, talk a lot of violent talk and encourage their supporters to be willing to commit violence including on their own bodies [suicide bombers] in order to win against who ever they decide is the enemy. We in the US 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?”
These comments by Reid struck a nerve with the Muslim community, many of them calling her words Islamophobic. Two members of ‘The Squad’ are Muslim, and they both had something to say about Reid’s words. Ilhan Omar, who is up for re-election this November retweeted @ZahraBilloo’s tweet which said “This isn’t even subtle. It’s blatant Islamophobia @JoyAnnReid” Omar added “Honestly, this kind 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.”
Honestly, this kinda of casual Islamophobia is hurtful and dangerous.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) September 1, 2020
We deserve better and an apology for the painful moment for so many Muslims around our country should be forthcoming. https://t.co/megnZyL9dd
The other Muslim member of ‘The Squad’, Rashida Tlaib, who is also up for re-election come November, shared Omar’s tweet and added “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.”
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.— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) September 1, 2020
We deserve an apology. https://t.co/Ei1R4FojZJ
Early this morning President Trump gave his opinion on Reid’s comments tweeting: “Like Fredo at Fake News @CNN, the very untalented Joy Reid should be fire for this horrible use of the words “Muslim Terrorists”. Such xenophobia and racism on MSDNC. Anyone else would be gone, and fast!!!”
Like Fredo at Fake News @CNN, the very untalented Joy Reid should be fired for this horrible use of the words “Muslim Terrorists”. Such xenophobia and racism on MSDNC. Anyone else would be gone, and fast!!! https://t.co/a5HSIEXlQL— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 2, 2020
Many in the Muslim community are upset over Reid’s comments and are demanding an apology. Reid was using the ‘Islamophobic’ comments to compare Trump’s supporters to radicalized Muslims. Reid’s guest, Naveed Jamali agreed with her analogy. In our perspective these words were used on two communities. We will see what comes from the push back from the Muslim community.
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