Joy Reid accuses GOP of ‘trotting out’ black speakers to ‘make white Americans feel good’ about bigotry

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid supported a claim that suggested that the Republican National Convention “trotted out” black people to make the audience “feel good about white nationalism.”

The MSNBC host tweeted her comments along with a link to an article criticizing “black tokens” who spoke throughout the RNC’s four-day event this week. The narrative echoed the left’s latest talking point that has been focused on accusing Republicans of using members of the black community as publicity props.

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“If you read one thing today, this would be a good choice. @ElieNYC⁩ writes about the outrage and pathos of the Black people the #RNCConvention trotted out to make white [sic] Americans feel good about white [sic] nationalism,” the host of MSNBC’s “Reid Out” tweeted on Thursday ahead of the final night of the GOP convention.

Reid also blasted President Donald Trump after his nomination acceptance speech, comparing him to Cuba’s late communist leader, Fidel Castro in a rant declaring he violated the Hatch Act by turning the White House “into the Trump palace.”

The linked article by Elie Mystal, a frequent guest on MSNBC, was published in The Nation where the author is listed as a justice correspondent. The crux of the piece was that the RNC was “using” their black guest speakers “to convince white people it’s OK to vote for a bigot.”

“Most white Republican voters don’t need permission to vote for white supremacy. They’re racist themselves and think being racist is just common sense,” Mystal wrote.

“The message is not subtle, but Donald Trump’s willingness to say the quiet part out loud is why so many racists love him. The irreducible core of his base is white people who think being openly racist and violent toward Black people is an inalienable right that has been taken from them by ‘cancel culture.’ Trump gives these people a bullhorn, and they love him for it,” he added.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, former NFL players Jack Brewer and Herschel Walker were among the many notable black speakers who spoke at the RNC, praising President Donald Trump in moving remarks while slamming criticism of him as being “racist.”

“I didn’t come here for the popularity or the praise. I’m here as a servant to God, a servant to the people of our nation and a servant to our president,” Brewer, a lifelong Democrat, said in his stirring speech, going on to blast Democrats and their racist history as well as the complicit left-wing media.

NFL great Herschel Walker was slammed on social media with the slur “Uncle Tom” after his speech about the president, his longtime friend. Other speakers experienced the same outrage from the left.

“The Black people who were allowed to speak at this convention were there to transmit one message to white listeners: ‘It’s OK.’ Trump’s racism is OK, because here’s one of Trump’s Black golfing buddies. Cops and vigilantes shooting Black people is OK, because here’s a Black ex-con who complied with the police and is still alive,” Mystal wrote in his article.

“The banality of these Black validators can be seen most clearly when you compare their roles to what the white speakers were allowed to do at the convention,” he added.

“The Black speakers seemingly wanted nothing. There were no additional policies they desired or issues they wanted addressed. They had no goals they wanted the next Trump administration to accomplish and no legislation they wanted Republicans to pass. Instead of an agenda, the Black people were just there to say, ‘Thank you, white folks,’ and fade off-screen,” Mystal declared, but wasn’t done with his outrageous accusations.

“What anger I have for this particular crop of Black tokens comes from the fact that so many of them volunteered … We know Trump doesn’t like to pay his debts, so I hope they got their 30 pieces of silver up front,” he wrote.

The double standard in the condemnation of the black speakers has been on full display this week as the convention aired, with the narrative being spread in other articles, by talking heads and pundits on media outlets.

CNN political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson slammed Trump this week as a “racial flame-thrower” in a panel discussion where she attempted to analyze his “appeal to white voters.”

She claimed outrageously that Trump gets black people to “vouch for him and say that he’s not a racist,” and warned that the approach “could very well work” among voters because of “some anxiety among white Americans about the changing demographics of this country.”

Her remarks, not surprisingly, went unchallenged by CNN host Anderson Cooper.

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