MSNBC’s Joy Reid acknowledged Thursday that she hesitated to endorse and take a COVID-19 vaccine during former President Donald Trump’s term, but she changed her tune after President Joe Biden took office, an admission that earned her enmity and scorn online.
“Look, I was hesitant when Donald Trump was out there controlling the CDC, controlling the FDA and manipulating them and making them put out falsehoods. Anybody rational was hesitant,” Reid claimed during her program.
One of those people hesitant Americans may have been thinking about, according to the left-wing host, is Vice President Kamala Harris, who, as Senator Harris in her only debate with then-Vice President Mike Pence, said, “if Donald Trump tells us that we should take it, I’m not taking it.”
Pence ripped Harris for her remark at the time.
But since Biden took office, Reid has become a champion of the vaccine and has regularly criticized Americans who now express hesitancy or outright refusal to take one. Just this week, she referred to Republicans as being part of a COVID “death cult” that is “A-okay” with the virus “running wild” throughout the country.
Joy Reid again defends her belief that it was NECESSARY to be anti-vaxxer when Trump was in office: “I was hesitant. When Donald Trump was out there controlling the CDC & controlling the FDA & manipulating them & making them put out falsehoods, anybody rational was hesitant.” pic.twitter.com/dBFT8lTvWw
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 17, 2021
Most recently, she has been trading comments online with international rapper Nicki Minaj after the host took the entertainer to task over her advising millions of fans to “pray” about deciding whether to get the vaccine after she relayed an alleged negative reaction regarding a relative.
“And people like Nicki Minaj, I have to say this: You have a platform, sister, that is 22 million followers. Ok? I have two million followers,” Reid said. “You have 22 million followers on Twitter. For you to use your platform to encourage our community to not protect themselves and save their lives, my god, sister, you could do better than that.”
Minaj clapped back, calling Reid a “dumb a**,” adding: “This is what happens when you’re so thirsty to down another black woman (by the request of the white man), that you didn’t bother to read all my tweets.”
The rapper has not said she opposes the vaccine, only suggesting that people should be free to think about whether it is the right decision for them.
Journalist Drew Holden pointed out Reid’s hypocrisy online, tweeting that the MSNBC host “used her platform to push unfounded vaccine fears because she didn’t like the guy in the Oval Office,” while adding examples.
She’s trending so brief🧵thread🧵chronically the times that @JoyAnnReid used her platform to push unfounded vaccine fears because she didn’t like the guy in the Oval Office.
Starting with this interview in August 2020 (there are plenty more⤵️) pic.twitter.com/bhQELNKpH2
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) September 16, 2021
He began with an August 2020 segment on Reid’s show where she interviewed a physician who said she did not plan to advise her patients to take the jab even if the FDA had approved it before all clinical trials were done.
“A few weeks later, in early September, she doubled down, endorsing an article titled ‘Trump’s vaccine can’t be trusted,” Holden noted further. “You may remember that the vaccine (which Reid now firmly endorses) rolled out under Trump.”
And this was far from the only time this happened.
A few weeks later, in early September, she doubled down, endorsing an article titled “Trump’s vaccine can’t be trusted.”
You may remember that the vaccine (which Reid now firmly endorses) rolled out under Trump. pic.twitter.com/E5Hfp164lm
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) September 16, 2021
“Now, of course, Reid has entirely changed her tone, because it’s politically advantageous. Now she can’t possibly understand why any knuckle dragging moron wouldn’t take a vaccine that public health experts have endorsed,” Holden added. “I would encourage her to look into the mirror.”
Sportswriter and commentator Jason Whitlock was even more brutal, opining that Reid is just a “phony” who will echo whatever “the left tells her to be down with” so long as she’s getting paid and she is in the good graces of liberal influencers.
“She done sold out for money and now she’s down with any and everything the left tells her to be down with … People need to do what makes sense for them. We need to get up out of each other’s business,” Whitlock said on his podcast, Fox News reported. “Joy Reid needs to shut up because she ain’t saying what she really believes. We seen the blog posts and all the stuff from her past, what she really believes.”
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