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Trump supporters grabbed their popcorn to enjoy the circular firing squad after MSNBC opinion host Joy Reid got blasted by congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib for saying Trump supporters are so radicalized that they’re just like violent Muslims.
The controversy erupted after Reid parroted the new Democratic talking point, which is to blame Trump supporters for the left-wing riots by Black Lives Matter and Antifa thugs.
Joy compared President Trump to a radical imam who encourages his followers to commit acts of terrorism:
“When leaders—let’s say in the Muslim world, talk a lot of violent talk and encourage their supporters to commit violence—including on their own bodies—in order to win against whoever they decide is the enemy, we in the U.S. media describe that as ‘radicalizing’ these 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?”
Reid suggested that all Muslims are potential terrorists, and was immediately accused of being Islamophobic by Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
Omar said Reid was spewing “hurtful and dangerous” rhetoric and demanded an apology.
Omar tweeted: “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.
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
Rashida Tlaib doubled-down on Omar’s angry rebuke of Reid and also demanded an apology:
“These words feed into the harmful anti-Muslim rhetoric and 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.
We deserve an apology. https://t.co/Ei1R4FojZJ
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) September 1, 2020
Ilhan Omar retweeted similar comments from CNN contributor Abdul El Sayed, who remarked: “Sad that even our friends want to characterize all Muslims based on stereotypes driven by those who hate us.”
The “way Muslims act” is we fight for the dignity of poor folks, care for orphans, respect our neighbors, stand against discrimination, & elevate our elders.
Sad that even our friends want to characterize all Muslims based on stereotypes driven by those who hate us.
Do better. https://t.co/DPST7Y3kA0
— Dr. Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) September 2, 2020
Omar also retweeted sharia advocate Linda Sarsour‘s diss of anti-Trump Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, who defended Reid.
Sarsour sniffed: “You don’t get to decide what’s offensive to Muslims.”
You don’t get to decide what’s offensive to Muslims. https://t.co/ytD1KxfLWD
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) September 2, 2020
Left-wing reporter Jordan Chariton spotlighted the Left’s hypocrisy:
“If Tucker Carlson said about Muslims what Joy Reid just did, there would be an immediate “Fire Tucker” hashtag going among “The Resistance.” They all will be silent on this though.”
They all will be silent on this though https://t.co/DhPaJQ0GeI
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) September 1, 2020
Newsweek’s Naveed Jamali was on the MSNBC panel when Reid made her Islamophobic comments. Jamali defended her, presumably so Joy will keep inviting him back on her show.
For the record, Jamali has also defended the Muslim Brotherhood, which has ties to terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al-Qaeda.
I’ve learned this clip is being used by the extreme left and right to try and paint this panel discussion as “islamophobic,” however, nobody is asking ME the Brown guy on the panel what I think. Bc why would you ask the brown guy about islamophobia when white guys can chime in! pic.twitter.com/Lx5eolDpph
— Naveed Jamali (@NaveedAJamali) September 1, 2020
A Muslim attorney reacted by trashing Jamali, saying he’s not Muslim and he “works with US government entities who are killing Muslims and also hangs out with Zionists.”
To be clear, this self proclaimed “brown man” who was on the panel, is not Muslim, works with US government entities who are killing Muslims, and also hangs out with Zionists. https://t.co/VSvBQxbwC1
— Zahra Billoo (@ZahraBilloo) September 2, 2020
A Palestinian activist posted a Newsweek article showing that Reid previously wrote anti-Muslim blog posts, in addition to her anti-gay screeds.
“I am not surprised that Joy Reid is once again caught up in an Islamophobic scandal. She has done this before.”
I am not surprised that @JoyAnnReid is once again caught up in an Islamophobic scandal. She's done this before. Dr. Angelou said when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.https://t.co/PZqrCRIhhO
— Alexandra Halaby 🌹 (@iskandrah) September 1, 2020
After being dragged on Twitter for dissing one of the Left’s sacred cows, Reid backtracked, saying her anti-Muslim comments were “distorted.”
There’s been some thoughtful commentary but also some willful distortion of the points I tried to make yesterday. We’ll discuss in more depth tomorrow on the show! https://t.co/IQhdZnyLak
— Joy-Ann Pro-Democracy & Masks Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) September 2, 2020
It’s unlikely MSNBC will punish Reid since she was recently given her own daily show amid an industry-wide push — in media and entertainment — to promote black women to quell the Black Lives Matter riots.
Reminder: Sharia advocate Linda Sarsour (whom Ilhan Omar retweeted) called on Muslims to declare a “jihad” on Trump and urged all Muslims to “stay perpetually outraged” and not assimilate into the Western nations they live in:
“As the Muslim community in these United States of America, we have to stay perpetually outraged. Our No. 1 priority is to protect OUR community. It is not to assimilate. Our top priority is to please Allah, and only Allah.”
Muslim congressman Andre Carson also projects a Muslim takeover of the US government.
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