MSNBC host Joy Reid claimed Donald Trump "radicalized" his supporters like those "in the Muslim world."
Reid came under fire for Islamophobia for likening the behavior and actions of the president's base to "the way Muslims act" during the 7pm slot.
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The journalist was discussing the Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha and Portland stemming from Jacob Blake's police shooting.
Reid noted that Trump liked a tweet praising the alleged vigilante shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, and praised his fans in Portland, who shot protesters with paintball guns and mace.
“When 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, we in the US media describe that as they are ‘radicalizing’ these people, particularly when they’re radicalizing young people,” she said.
“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?”
The president issued a scathing response to Reid on Twitter, writing: "Like Fredo [Chris Cuomo] at Fake News @CNN, the very untalented Joy Reid should be fired for this horrible use of the words 'Muslim Terrorists.'
"Such xenophobia and racism on MSDNC [sic]. Anyone else would be gone, and fast!!!"
Zakir Khan, board chair of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oregon described Reid's statements as "so unbelievably Islamophobic it’s ridiculous."
Civil rights organization Muslim Advocates urged her to apologize for “spreading the false, dangerous myth that Muslims are inherently radical and violent.”
They also demanded that the station "take action to ensure anti-Muslim bigotry has no place on its network.”
Senator Bernie Sanders’ former campaign press secretary Briahna Joy Gray accused Reid of generalizing “nearly 1/4 of the world population acts.”
But one of Reid's panelists Newsweek editor Naveed Jamali defended her on Twitter, demanding to know why he – "the Brown guy on the panel" – wasn't asked for his opinion.
“Bc why would you ask the brown guy about islamophobia when white guys can chime in!" he tweeted.
But Muslim-American Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) have demanded that Reid say sorry.
Reid herself responded to the furore on Twitter.
"There’s been some thoughtful commentary but also some willful distortion of the points I tried to make yesterday," she wrote.
“We’ll discuss in more depth tomorrow on the show!”
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