MSNBC host Joy Reid alleged Tuesday that a “toxic hyper-partisan Republican trolling strategy” started after the GOP moved to impeach former President Bill Clinton back in 1998.
“It actually was the biggest scandal ever for a lot of Republicans, who sunk their teeth into a chance to take down a Democratic president,” said Reid. “It was arguably the dawn of the toxic hyper-partisan Republican trolling strategy with the help of right-wing talk radio and an outspoken clan of Clinton enemies, not to mention a very, very thirsty mainstream media.”
Reid continued by comparing Clinton’s impeachment to that of former President Trump, falsely alleging that Trump incited violence against the United States Capitol.
“You know what feels like the bigger scandal, hmm? Oh right, pressuring elected officials, and trying to intimidate the vice president into overturning an election. Hyping up a deadly mob to storm the U.S. Capitol and force lawmakers to hide and run for their lives. Including the vice president, who they were threatening to hang,” she said.
Reid then attacked Trump for his efforts to challenge the results of several states after the 2020 election and talked about numerous investigations launched against the former president by the government.
“The DOJ is already criminally investigating Trump for his actions after the election along with his retention of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate after his presidency ended. In Georgia, a criminal inquiry is focused on Trump’s push to have the election results altered there,” Reid said. “In New York, the attorney general is suing him for fraud. And earlier this month, a jury in New York found the Trump organization guilty of all charges in a sweeping 15-year tax fraud scheme that prosecutors said was orchestrated by top executives at his company, and Trump is about to take a hit on that one thing, the thing he is most sensitive about and shifty about, too, his tax returns.”
The longtime MSNBC show host has been known to make other bizarre claims about conservative politicians following protests at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI).
“It’s actually a huge problem for our democracy that we still have what amount to insurrectionists serving [in Congress],” Reid said when speaking on the Wisconsin representative.
Symone Sanders-Townsend: "In this Congress, there are multiple individuals that conspired…to disrupt the peaceful transition of power."
Joy Reid: "It's actually a huge problem for our democracy that we still have what amount to insurrectionists serving [in Congress]." pic.twitter.com/UceTh8zOfw
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