MSNBC host Joy Reid called Thanksgiving a “food holiday” with a “problematic history” on-air Saturday before befittingly the intelligence of her viewers’ Trump-supportive relatives.
“We are just over two weeks away from one of the most beloved American food holidays,” Reid said in the opening remarks of her “AM Joy” weekend morning show. “Thanksgiving, where problematic actual history meets delicious cuisine.”
Reid expressed sympathy for fellow liberals who would have to “engage in a dreaded, contentious political debate” with Republicans at the Thanksgiving table. She imagined “your cranky Uncle Roscoe” yelling “Read the transcript!” in “between bites of turkey and pumpkin pie.”
A vociferous Trump critic, Reid went on to tell her audience “everything you need to understand” to “easily explain” the impeachment proceedings to supposedly simple-minded defenders of the president.
“Here’s a hint: Do not worry about trying to explain the cast of characters … or the very overused term, ‘quid pro quo.’ Most people can’t say it, spell it or understand it. What we’re actually talking about here is not a pithy Latin phrase. It’s something a lot simpler: bribery and extortion,” she said.
“Beyond the whistleblower and over 100 hours of testimony backing up that fact, Donald Trump admitted to it, and even released edited notes from his call with the Ukrainian president— which by the way is not a transcript— that actually prove he did it!”
“Even Uncle Roscoe and Auntie Carol ought to understand that,” Reid concluded.
Joy Reid versus the Republicans
On Friday, Rep. Mark Meadows crashed an MSNBC reporter’s live segment after she said Republicans were “struggling” to defend Trump from the impeachment inquiry.
“I’m not struggling on anything, so the Republicans are not struggling on anything,” said the South Carolina Republican.
Caldwell asked if it was getting harder to defend Trump after a number of American diplomats, including Ukrainian embassy chief Bill Taylor, testified to Congress that the president withheld military aide to Ukraine to pressure the country to investigate claims of Democratic corruption.
However, Meadows said it was actually “getting easier to defend the president.” He pointed out that U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker contradicted the claims of a “quid pro quo,” and suggested that other witness testimony that has not yet been released supported Trump.
Meadows, a top House Republican, has been among the fiercest defenders of Trump since Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry in September. The inquiry was prompted by a whistleblower complaint from an intelligence officer over Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Later in her show, Reid brought on actor Robert De Niro to continue bashing Trump and his supporters.
De Niro, who has made a career playing a mobster on screen, suggested that the president’s appeal is based on a gangster-like image. But he told Reid that Trump couldn’t actually hack it in the underworld.
“I have no idea why they follow him ’cause he’s not even a good gangster,” De Niro said of Trump’s supporters. “I think in the real gangster world, he wouldn’t last long.”