Joy Reid, host of MSNBC’s “The ReidOut,” on Wednesday appeared to liken former President Donald Trump to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler — and even Trump voters to Hitler supporters.
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Reid — who smeared “white Christians” for their Trump support amid the Iowa caucuses Monday night — featured a segment on her program titled, “Trump’s Revenge & Retribution Agenda.”
It began with Reid calling out Trump’s “vendetta politics” before running clips of Trump saying to campaign crowds, “Because in the end they’re not coming after me, they’re coming after you, and I’m just standing in their way, here I am, I’m standing in their way, and I always will be. … I am your warrior, I am your justice, and for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution, I am your retribution …”
Reid then came back on-screen and added, “It’s a vengeance tour this time around. … We talk about Trump all the time, we also need to talk about his voters. And I know, I know, it’s not popular in the media world to not venerate the great American voter. But as Tom Nichols writes in the Atlantic, these particular voters want revenge as well — on their fellow citizens. Nichols writes, ‘The Republican base actively embraces Trump’s grievances. It emulates his pettiness. It supports his childlike inability to accept responsibility. These voters are not sighing in resignation and voting for the lesser of two or three or four evils. They are getting what they want. Because they, too, are set on revenge.’”
With that she engaged in a conversation with guest Jelani Cobb, dean of Columbia University School of Journalism, and Reid soon appeared to liken Trump to Hitler and Trump voters to Hitler’s supporters.
“I want to talk about the media’s role in all of this,” Reid told Cobb.
“I go to the 1930s when the New York Times was doing style pieces on Adolf Hitler and saying, ‘Oh, he’s gonna moderate himself when he gets into office and actual power is in his hands.’ I feel like that’s happening again because people don’t want to come at the voter. But these voters are actively saying, ‘Yes, we want a dictatorship. Yes, we want him to be dictator. Yes, we like autocracy.’ And it’s just not being examined.”
This story has been updated.