Joy Reid and Panel Rip Anonymous Op-Ed Author: Wants to ‘Be Fitted for Their Superman Cape’

MSNBC’s Joy Reid this morning acknowledged she’s generally not in agreement with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but said there actually is something concerning about the anonymous Trump administration official who wrote the New York Times op-ed this week. The author said they’re part of a “resistance” within the White House to rein in Trump’s worst impulses, though Reid said, “Of course, steering the administration in the right direction didn’t involve stopping the separation and caging of immigrant children or using the constitutional option of removing Trump by the 25th amendment. No, the right direction is apparently the one where the resistor gets to preserve the things they like. You know, tax cuts for the rich and deregulation of big business. The writer is basically every Republican in Washington.” Former DOJ spokesman Matthew Miller said that the solution to Trump’s actions in office is not trying to undermine him “through Continue reading "Joy Reid and Panel Rip Anonymous Op-Ed Author: Wants to ‘Be Fitted for Their Superman Cape’"

Omarosa: Michael Cohen Did What He Was Asked to Do, Now Trump’s Kicking Him While He’s Down

Omarosa Manigault Newman appeared on MSNBC again this morning, speaking with Joy Reid about her book and the latest Trumpworld developments of the week. Manigault Newman talked about Steve Bannon being a “proud white man” and expressed her alarm at the alt-right influences in the White House. One of the people in Trump’s orbit Reid asked about was David Pecker, the American Media CEO and National Enquirer publisher who was granted immunity this week. Manigault Newman talked about the Enquirer‘s disturbing report about her brother’s murder and how Trump talked to her about finding a “better resolution.” Reid asked her at one point if she was “surprised” that Michael Cohen turned on Trump. “I adore Michael Cohen,” Manigault Newman said. “And I am sad to see him going through what he’s going through. I adore his wife. His daughter was my intern at the White House. She’s Continue reading "Omarosa: Michael Cohen Did What He Was Asked to Do, Now Trump’s Kicking Him While He’s Down"

Checking in on That ‘Investigation’ Into Joy Reid’s Hacker

It’s been more than three months since Joy Reid responded to anti-gay posts unearthed from her old blog by claiming that she was the victim of a nefarious hacker. As more embarrassing posts were unearthed — the majority of the offensive content included various anti-gay and anti-Muslim commentary — reporters pressed the liberal MSNBC host, her network, and her alleged cybersecurity expert on the hacking excuse. Despite the ludicrous explanation — the few concrete instances she provided as evidence of hacking fell apart under scrutiny — Reid stood by her assertions and her lawyer (not NBC’s) told reporters the FBI had been tapped to investigate. Following the near-universal skepticism that met her claims, there was the strange apology episode of AM Joy, where Reid quasi-admitted to screwing up, saying she “truly believed” she had not written the posts, and had a panel of LGBT rights activists take turns forgiving Continue reading "Checking in on That ‘Investigation’ Into Joy Reid’s Hacker"

Art of the Deal Writer: Dems Should Be Asking People ‘Do You Want Putin to Be President’ or an American?

Tony Schwartz, the co-author of The Art of the Deal, had some advice for President Trump‘s opponents after this big Russia-centric week. Schwartz spoke this morning with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who brought up how very similar Trump’s political rhetoric in the 80s compares to him today. Schwartz said current Trump is “diminished” and “unraveling,” saying the kind of pressure on Trump between the “investigations closing in on him” and the general stresses of the presidency don’t add up to anything good. “What happens to a person who’s psychologically unstable in that situation is that they begin to double down on all the things they’ve always done,” Schwartz said. “He’s living inside his reality.” He told Reid Trump’s “paranoia” has only heightened, said “Putin owns Trump,” and advised the media to just accept that the President lies, tell the audience that, and move on as opposed Continue reading "Art of the Deal Writer: Dems Should Be Asking People ‘Do You Want Putin to Be President’ or an American?"

MSNBC Guest on Bannon’s Claim Trump Isn’t Racist: Shouldn’t Ask ‘A Racist if Someone Else is Racist’

Tara Dowdell, a former contestant on The Apprentice, laid into former WH Chief Strategist Steve Bannon on AM Joy Saturday. Host Joy Reid asked Dowdell if as a contestant on The Apprentice she felt then-show host Donald Trump was racist and played a clip of Bannon defending him. “This guy is not a racist. He’s one of the most loving guys I’ve ever met. He’s a tough guy but I’ve never seen him as a racist. One thing I would say about populism, this kind of populist, nationalist movement you see throughout Europe, it is not racist,” Bannon told Piers Morgan. “Well, asking a racist if someone else is racist, I’m not sure how there’s any credence that should be given to Steve Bannon of all people,” Dowdell said after the clip. “He … helped to develop and execute Trump’s racist strategy. It’s one thing to be racist. Continue reading "MSNBC Guest on Bannon’s Claim Trump Isn’t Racist: Shouldn’t Ask ‘A Racist if Someone Else is Racist’"

Joy Reid Accused MSNBC of ‘Slow Walking’ Her Story About Russell Simmons Sexual Assault Accuser

MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid — who appears to have just survived her now-infamous “hacked” homophobic blog posts scandal — accused her own network of “slow walking” a sexual assault story she was working on by making “stupid” demands during the fact-checking process. The accusation was revealed in a story from The Hollywood Reporter on the rape and assault allegations made against the powerful music mogul Russell Simmons. One of the half dozen misconduct claims comes against Simmons from domestic violence advocate Sil Lai Abrams, who says he raped her in 1994 — an allegation she was ready to bring forward in a TV interview with Reid. “I needed to tell my story, to say his name out loud, to let people know what he had done to me,” Abrams said of her claims against Simmons. However, her story was never told on MSNBC, as the cable news network eventually Continue reading "Joy Reid Accused MSNBC of ‘Slow Walking’ Her Story About Russell Simmons Sexual Assault Accuser"

Christian Activist Shreds ‘Pimps of Evil’ in GOP For Child Migrant Policy: ‘White Evangelical Voters’ Are the Problem

On Saturday, religious reform activist and Christian Frank Schaeffer shredded Sarah Sanders and others in the Trump administration using the Bible to justify ripping apart kids from their families at the nation’s borders. “You know, what’s going on today is very clearly giving us a dividing line in our culture, and I would just put it this way,” Christians who still support Trump who is separating mothers from babies are now condoning a form of child abuse,” Schaeffer said. Then, he accused them of not only going against the teachings of Jesus but being downright “Jesus-hating.” “As a Christian, I can just say I can’t think of anything that would be more Jesus-hating. this isn’t just Jesus-disobeying, this is Jesus-hating,” Schaeffer pressed on, calling out his fellow believers. He then warned: “So, there are going to be repercussions for the Republican Party that has gone along, like pimps of Continue reading "Christian Activist Shreds ‘Pimps of Evil’ in GOP For Child Migrant Policy: ‘White Evangelical Voters’ Are the Problem"