MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who on Monday accused President Donald Trump of “radicalizing” his supporters and comparing them to Muslim extremists, largely stood behind her comments despite complaints from the Muslim community.
“Leaders, let’s say in the Muslim world, talk a lot of violent talk and encourage their supporters to be willing to commit violence, including on their own bodies, in order to win against whoever they decide is the enemy,” Reid said on Monday. “We in the U.S. media describe that as they are radicalizing those 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?”
That comparison got the attention of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) as well as the Council on American-Islamic Relations who called her remarks Islamophobic.
"Reid also faced criticism from Zakir Khan, board chair of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oregon. Khan said the host’s remarks were Islamophobic and asked her if she would apologize for stereotyping all Muslims."@theinquisitr https://t.co/cp6ejgRAw6
— CAIR National (@CAIRNational) September 2, 2020
CAIR demanded an apology which Reid did not provide on her show Wednesday.
“If Trump was a Muslim leader, not the leader of the Christian right, how would we in the media describe what he’s doing?” she said. “I asked that question on Monday and there was a lot of conversation, particularly online, after the segment aired, some of which was frankly not in good faith.
“But some of the conversations reflected the genuine feelings of people who have been subjected to the kind of stereotyping that I described and who take matters like this to heart because of it. And we should all be sensitive to that and I certainly should have been sensitive to that.”
Reid did admit to her panel that her phrasing was “not exactly the most artful way of asking that question, obviously, based on the reaction” and that “the way that I framed it obviously didn’t work.”
That explanation didn’t meet with CAIR’s approval.
“I was wrong. I apologize.” @JoyAnnReid's refusal to say that tonight was telling & disappointing. Although shedding light on Islamophobia with help from @DaliaMogahed was welcome, you must first own your own mistakes. Don't deflect. Don't distract. Just do the right thing. pic.twitter.com/qiqNGYwrPq
— CAIR National (@CAIRNational) September 3, 2020
Reid isn’t a stranger to controversy. In 2018, she apologized for homophobic comments she made on her dormant blog — though she originally blamed the comments on hackers. As a result, she was banished by MSNBC to Saturdays – a ratings wasteland for cable news.
After Chris Matthews retired amid allegations of sexual harassment, Reid was tapped this summer to fill his timeslot. making history as the first black female primetime cable news anchor in history.