MSNBC host maxes out the race card: DeSantis’ mask policies are like ‘whipping up’ race riots

Far-left MSNBC host and veritable race hustler Joy Reid’s latest attack on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is almost too hard to believe.

During a discussion Thursday about the governor’s alleged cruelty, particularly as it relates to him flying 50 illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyard, Reid said some of his recent actions are equivalent to Jim Crow-era whites whipping up race riots against black integration.


One such recent example — aside from the flying of illegals to one of the richest liberal enclaves in America — was when the governor told a group of masked college students that they didn’t need to cover up their face around him.

Another action was him penalizing cruise lines that tried to force draconian COVID diktats on their customers and employees.

“Yelling at kids because they have masks on to protect themselves. Suing cruise lines because they would dare to try to stop COVID from getting on the ships with the passengers,” Reid said.

“The things that he does don’t have policy priorities. They definitely to me feel more like sort of 1960s-era whipping up a mob at the University of Mississippi because James Meredith was coming and then cheering it on as four people are killed in that mob. It does feel like he’s that kind of retro politician. My question is, what does it say about our country that that’s so effective?” she added.

She referenced the Ole Miss riot of 1962.

“In Oxford, Mississippi, James H. Meredith, an African American student, is escorted onto the University of Mississippi campus by U.S. Marshals, setting off a deadly riot. Two men were killed before the violence was quelled by more than 3,000 federal soldiers. The next day, Meredith successfully enrolled and began to attend classes amid continuing disruption,” according to the History channel.

But neither Reid nor her guest were done spouting crazy rhetoric.

Her guest, so-called “journalist” Adam Serwer, continued the discussion by arguing that DeSantis’ alleged cruelty is just another part of the GOP playbook.

“I think it says that we have a system that is kind of majoritarian, and it rewards a specific coalition that has [been] ideally geographically distributed to win the Electoral College or to control the Senate. And because of that, it is very important for the party that represents this coalition to make sure that they always feel like they are on the verge of apocalypse, that they are being threatened by these people who are different from them,” he said.

“When you’re in that kind of situation, you think your back’s to the wall. You think the apocalypse is nigh. Then you are willing to do crazy things or cruel things because you’re thinking, well, I’m doing this to defend myself. This is for my survival. I’m trying to save the country. And that gives you license. That gives you license to be cruel in this particular way.”

He added, “And I think that’s why, when you see Donald Trump or DeSantis giving these sort of outlandish speeches, where like the liberals are doing this, the liberals are doing that, and it’s some sort of crazy insane conspiracy, the point is to make these people afraid so that they are willing to justify cruel acts towards people that they see as threatening them even if all those people are trying to do is come to this country and try to have a better life.”

Notice how he didn’t specify in what way any of DeSantis’ recent actions — particularly flying illegals to one of the most luxurious enclaves on Earth — was cruel.

Regardless, Reid concluded the discussion by bringing up lynchings.

“You’re right about this. And you talk about this, the fact that lynchings were like a party, and it was the act of being cruel together. It wasn’t just doing the violence, but it was the license to do violence, and the license to do violence together. So there is this horrible American tradition of this and I just wonder if there’s a way to counter politics that somehow mitigates it,” she said.

This isn’t the first time Reid has made outlandish, unhinged claims, nor will it likely be the last.

Earlier this month she accused former President Donald Trump of being linked to a recent “rash” of U.S. spy deaths.

After the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade over the summer, she warned that American women will become “state property.” Her guests meanwhile claimed the Supreme Court would soon end “desegregation” and revive “witch trials.”

Reid even claimed that American women would be incarcerated for having miscarriages: “Americans must also confront such widespread human rights violations as a radical right devours bodily autonomy in this country, where the prosecution of women suspected of purposefully or accidentally ending a pregnancy could become standard practice.”

In addition, after a school shooting in May, she called for Mexico — which has been awash in deadly cartel violence for years now — to build a border wall for its own protection.


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