MSNBC’s unloaded on the GOP for having a “persecution complex” and declared that President Trump could make Republicans “literally accept anything.”
“This is a Republican Party that’s been built on resentment and a sense of victimhood, a sense of persecution – almost a persecution complex – for more than 40 years, almost 50 years, going back to the dawn of the civil rights movement when they felt persecuted by the world,” Reid said on “All In with Chris Hayes,” Thursday.
She argued that Trump “gets them” and so Republicans will accept anything he says.
“And not only will the voters, so will the elected officials,” Reid added. “He’s cowed senators, members of Congress. He has cowed the officialdom of the Republican Party. He’s cowed the Speaker of the House.”
Reid cited what she sees as Republicans’ lack of outrage over reports about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer last year as an example.
— ColoradoKid (@jeffreyokennedy) July 15, 2017
Co-hosts of Fox News Channel’s “The Five” had plenty to say about Reid’s remarks.
“That woman knows nothing about GOP politics,” Meghan McCain fired off. “I would like to know the last time she left New York City and actually talked to a Republican voter in their home state.”
McCain thought Reid’s premise about Republicans was “hilarious” considering that “the entire fuel that fuels the Democratic Party is victimhood right now.”
Co-host Lisa Boothe agreed that the Democratic Party “plays the victim card constantly.”
Democrats whole platform is playing the victim card. Race card. Gay card. Feminist card. Islamaphobe card. Illegal immigrant card. EBT card.
— BlackIntel (@Blackintel1) July 15, 2017
@JoyAnnReid is the biggest victim there is! Do any of these lefty people understand the concept of “taking responsibility”?
— Gayle (@gayle_ann2) July 15, 2017
“The Democratic Party has been fertilized by victimization for many many years,” Jesse Watter’s said, citing identity politics. His colleague Greg Gutfeld pointed out that it was not, after all, conservatives who created safe spaces on campuses and Republicans did not devise terms like ‘micro-aggression.’
“The left is in love with the idea of being victims” and their entire platform is that “you’re a victim in one context or another,” McCain pressed after co-host Juan Williams tried to push back, questioning if there were not some truth to Reid’s criticism.
“She may not like why President Trump won because he actually talked to voters in the middle of the country and listened to their problems,” McCain shot back.
“It is none of her concern,” she added. “What she needs to be concerned about is talking to the voters that they lost and when you’re in this bubble at MSNBC judging conservatives in the middle of the country, you’re sure as hell not going to win them back over.”
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