Accuracy in Media

MSNBC personality Joy Reid called rural Americans a “core threat to our democracy” last weekend.

Responding to a piece in the Wall Street Journal headlined, “The Varied – and Global – Threats Confronting Democracy,” Reid called for sacking the Electoral College because it gives rural voters an unfair advantage over urban voters in national elections.

It cites a prediction that by 2040, 70 percent of Americans will live in the 15 largest states by population. That means 70 percent of the people in America will be represented by 30 members of the U.S. Senate and the other 30 percent will be represented by 70 senators.

Americans also are represented in Congress by the 435 members of the House of Representatives, whose state-by-state allocation is determined by population. Nevertheless, two of the last three presidents, including President Trump, took office despite not receiving the most popular votes.

“The rural majority – the people [author] @JYSexton just wrote a long threat about – have and will continue to have disproportionate power over the urban majority,” Reid wrote. She then said the “abolition of the Electoral College” would help stave off a “core threat” posed by rural voters.

“The host of ‘AM Joy’ followed up her recent claim that the National Rifle Association seeks to create a landscape littered with murderous ‘warlords’ with a new prediction over Thanksgiving: Rural voters will become de facto tyrants by 2040,” the Washington Times wrote.

Reid has been on this theme since Trump upset Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. The next day, she tweeted, “The United States has been utterly exposed. We are a racially and regionally polarized, male-dominant, rural-urban hybrid. Myths busted.”

Then, the day after Christmas, she tweeted that each rural vote carries the same weight as thousands of urban votes – a formulation that shows a lack of understanding of the system.

On Independence Day, when Americans were celebrating the boldest experiment in self-determination in world history, Reid was lamenting the media attention focused on rural residents.

Either they get catered to, she said … or “otherwise, they’ll feel sad and disrespected and the @NYTimes will write doleful odes to their misery so they rest of us will pity them.”

Later in the day, she spelled it out.

“People, please. Your ethos is now running the United States. We are run by your rural, right-wing Christian ‘values’ and Ted Nugentian ethos.”

And later that month, she attacked the Electoral College.

“The EC is a relic always designed to let rural states whose economies depended on slave labor rule over the centers of trade and commerce,” she wrote.

Conservatives in the media wasted little time pointing out the problems with her latest analysis.

“Both [MSNBC producer] Kyle Griffin’s original tweet (about the 70-30 ratios) and Reid’s response highlight a core threat to our constitutional system: basic ignorance,” Erick Erickson, radio host and writer, wrote for Fox News. “The several states formed the national government, ceding certain powers outlined in Section 8 of the first article of the Constitution. They kept the rest of the powers for themselves. This is and has always been our basic constitutional system. We are a republic with representative democracy components in its operation.”

The Times story also mentioned an item on The Blaze, a conservative website, where writer Sara Gonzalez put Reid’s remarks in historical perspective.

“As of the 1790 census, 74 percent of America’s population lived in the seven largest states, which means that America’s population has always been concentrated in larger states, since the time of its founding,” Gonzalez wrote. “Reid is not objecting to a threat to American constitutional democracy. She’s objecting to a central feature of American constitutional democracy – a central feature that has been present since the founding of the country.”

Wrote Kristinn Taylor at the Gateway Pundit: “The irony of a liberal African-American political commentator calling for the disenfranchisement of a minority population group appears to be lost on MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid.”

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  • Sniffit

    Except she didn’t call rural Americans a core threat to democracy. She called the gross imbalance in voting power afforded to rural Americans through the electoral college and gerrymandering a threat to democracy. There is absolutely no excuse under the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause for some rural person’s voting counting as much as numerous votes by someone living in an urban area. We are a country of people governing people. Treating people who live int he middle of nowhere as a new class of landed gentry is ridiculous, and the resentment they feel towards the vast majority of the country…highlighted and deliberately stoked by this article’s misrepresentations of what this woman was really saying…is playing out in terms of the policies they are demanding and getting enacted through the politicians who are so utterly beholden to them because they gerrymandered their districts to be so “safe.”

  • Jimmy Leggs

    In addition to everyday trash, Democrats and Marxists like to recycle hate and propaganda, too. Now they are back to Green Acres and Deliverance. I always thought the point of The Beverly Hillbillies was to show why certain people don’t deserve to live among the elite.

  • extractr

    She’s pissed because she see’s us as a threat to the urban majority, which is mostly liberal. Too friggin bad!
    One thing for sure, when the big cities get nuked and Calf. falls off into the ocean, rural America will still be here.

  • Mac

    Then call for a constitutional convention and start over. For now this is the United States. It operates the way it has since the Constitution was ratified; two houses of Congress, an executive branch and the judiciary. I’m sure you will do much better than James Madison, Monroe, Adams, et al. So, knock yourself out.

  • john robel


  • Patriot159

    We are a republic first of all and just who’s core values are we to adhere to if not Judeo-Christian? Bet she didn’t think this when the Godless Muslim in Chief was in office. Just another bitter, angry pagan libtard.

  • Richard Schmidt

    People who give cred to what Joy Reid says are the actual threat to our country. This fool doesnt know where her food comes from.

  • Mac

    Then let’s keep what has worked for some time now.

  • samo war
  • efred1

    No, Joy, it’s ‘intellectual’ urban, urbane liberals that are a major threat to our REPUBLIC; democracy is essentially mob rule.

    Remember reading your Bible? (I know that’s probably hard for you, for fear of bursting into flames, or being struck by lighting or something) Remember when Pontius Pilate asked what should be done with Jesus, after declaring that He committed no crime? The people declared, “Crucify Him…we want Barabbas!” THAT is democracy, without God’s guidance.

    She’s a prime reason the Founding Fathers set up a Representative Democratic Republic with an Electoral College: To keep urban idiots like her from running the country into the ground.

  • Carlos Rodham Abedin

    Imagine an America without the Electoral college, where the “urban Elites” have the power to amuse themselves at the expense of the rural serfs. Where have we seen that before? Ah .. The Hunger Games!!

  • Lorilu

    Speaking of the Senate, senators used to be chosen by their state’s legislature. That is what our Founders intended, and it served the country well.

  • Gz7

    Are there limits as to how stupid one individual can be? Obviously, she is undereducated and clueless.

  • Gz7

    Amen to that!

  • Gz7

    The woman knows exactly Zero about the Constitution. Just like you.

  • TED

    Last two Republican presidents did not win the popular vote!

    Screw the electoral vote! It’s artificial!

    Trump was beaten by nearly 3,000,000 popular votes … and the fact that that he still got the presidency is a travesty!

    (Plus … look at what those two most recent “electoral college victories” got us: Bush II and Trump!)

  • Mesa Mike

    Tweedy boy: you do more harm than good for your twisted causes so I thank you again for the opportunity. How difficult is it for Democrats after an election especially to phony up vote tallies in California and New York and Chicago and Detroit … The names of the venues goes on and on.

    Democrats also refuse to cooperate with voting commissions from local to federal levels, and Democrats already own and control most of these oversight boards. We ALL know media aren’t going to investigate; they are busy writing phony hate stories about Trump and Republicans.

    Remember the 1947 headline, “Dewey Wins”? Probably true if you know the history of that time. JFK and Carter won by a mere 100,000 votes and the same would’ve happened for Gore in Florida had not the adults stepped and told the bullies that enough was enough.

  • Mark Midas

    Actually, that’s a good point. Too bad Obama moved all her cousins to this country as “refugees.”

  • stone cruiser

    It’s true, we are the “resistance” to her racist, and elitist form of democracy.

  • aliswell

    Reid’s notion of “democracy” is being a member of the Socialist hive.

    Resistance is not futile. We will not be assimilated.

  • will ford

    Rural America is the BACKBONE that allows IDIOTS like this to exist. YOU KNOW the REPUBLIC!

  • FireAnt


    Rural Americans are living, breathing patriots, armed morally with bibles, physically with guns, and ready to kick totalitarians’ ass trying to overthrow We the People’s government.

    Lincoln said it best “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.”

  • FireAnt

    States with smallest populations will never approve a constitutional amendment abolishing the Senate and the Tenth Amendment. Major metropolitan areas like New York and Los Angles must learn to live within the limits of our Constitution.

    New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA (23,632,722 )
    Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (18,550,288 )
    Chicago-Naperville, IL-IN-WI (9,928,312 )
    Washington-Baltimore-Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA (9,546,579)
    San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA (8,607,423 )
    Boston-Worcester-Providence, MA-RI-NH-CT (8,099,575 )
    Dallas-Fort Worth, TX-OK (7,352,613 )
    Philadelphia-Reading-Camden, PA-NJ-DE-MD (7,164,790 )
    Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Port St. Lucie, FL (6,723,472 )
    Houston-The Woodlands, TX (6,686,318 )