Dearest readers, never go full Ed Schultz. It’s never a good look. On Tuesday’s ReidOut, MSNBC host Joy Reid did just that, accusing Republicans of “bolt[ing] the door” shut in a burning house, purposefully trapping Americans as the coronavirus rages and see no problem with any and all Americans who die as a result of it.
And if the venomous rhetoric wasn’t enough, Reid demanded Americans spend the holidays in crippling mental isolation (or risk burying relatives at Christmas), peddled fake news on Operation Warp Speed, and stated Republicans “don’t care” about unemployment among minorities.
Reid began with the house fire analogy:
Imagine, if you can, being in a house that’s on fire and while you can hear the fire department sirens in the distance, rescue is so close. You can’t get out because someone has bolted the door. America is in a national coronavirus crisis. Our house is on fire and Republican elected officials are doing the equal of locking the door with the American people trapped inside.
After pointing out the increasing caseload of coronavirus cases in all 50 states (and Republican Senator Chuck Grassley’s testing positive), Reid suggested Republicans nationwide have been sitting idly by and doing nothing despite being “the party that bangs on about the sanctity of life.”
Reid then lobbed the disgusting claim about Republicans wanting death: “[T]hey’re busy fighting mask mandates and pushing back on common sense health recommendations because freedom, which apparently means the freedom to die and the freedom to kill other people with the virus.”
“So, while Republicans are busy demanding freedom from masks, they apparently could care less about the 248,000 Americans who’ve lost their lives to the virus and they accept no responsibility for any of it,” she added.
Reid’s Operation Warp Speed lie came after a mash-up of clips from Republican Senators:
SENATOR JOHN BARRASSO (R-WY): This vaccine truly is the light at the end of the tunnel and made possible by the commitment of the Republican majority in the Senate and this administration. And our efforts to focus on Operation Warp Speed.
SENATOR JONI ERNST (R-IA): Operation Warp Speed has been a tremendous success for this administration. I do want to give a shout out to the Trump administration for making this possible.
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): Looks to me like the Speaker, the Democratic leader of the Senate, and former vice president Biden all have the view that two and a half trillion or nothing.
SENATOR JOHN THUNE (R-SD): We’ll continue to have an open door and we’re ready to negotiate at moments notice.
REID: I just want to fact check real quick to remind y’all that the companies themselves that are producing the vaccines were not involved in operation warp speed and have said as much, so that’s a lie. Meanwhile, it is Democrats who have passed a comprehensive coronavirus package way back in may and passed it again in October. It’s currently languishing somewhere in McConnell’s office next to the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
Calling Republicans the sole source of “political divisiveness” and a “rot” that’s “spread…all the way to the states,” Reid insisted that, unlike Republicans, Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) wants “to protect people” and it makes her “want to climb the walls” that anyone would oppose her.
Here was Reid continuing her analogy that Republicans want to see people die and saying that families will be burying relatives at Christmas if they see each other at Thanksgiving:
REID: They also don’t protect people from dying at COVID. Dr. Atlas works with Trump and I wanna note, by the way, that your state has 288,000 cases. 8,431 deaths. That is a couple of 9/11s plus. Here’s Dr. Atlas criticizing plans — criticizing people who say don’t go see elderly relatives at Thanksgiving. Here’s Dr. Atlas.
DR. SCOTT ATLAS [on FNC’s The Story, 11/16/20]: This kind of isolation is one of the unspoken tragedies of the elderly who are now being told, don’t see your family at Thanksgiving. For many people, this is their final Thanksgiving, believe it or not. What are we doing here? I think we have to have a policy which I have been advocating, which is a whole person, whole health policy. It’s not about just stopping cases of COVID. We have to talk about the damage of the policy itself.
REID: He said, for many people, this is — this may — this is their final Thanksgiving. And it will be for a lot of the people if they see their elderly relatives. Then they can bury them around Christmas time. Yet, your state’s Republican Party is trying to impeach you for having restrictions. What do you even say to that?
REID: [U]nfortunately, we have to fight the virus and a political party that’s entrenched itself in standing four square against democracy and against fighting a virus. They’ve taken the other side in terms of the war against the virus. I don’t get it.
At the end of the show, Reid falsely claimed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “is laser-focused on pushing through right-wing judges and nominees but in no great hurry to pass a bill that would give Americans the relief that they so desperately need right now.”
Representing the side that’s demanded all Americans come together post-election, Reid told former HUD Secretary Julian Castro that she doesn’t “understand Republicans” and doesn’t “understand what they are.”
In the show’s final minute, Reid fed one last dose of poison to viewers by claiming Republicans “don’t care” about nationwide economic hardship other than what happens to white people (and despite President Trump’s massive support among minorities).
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LifeNews Note: Curtis Houck writes for Newsbusters, where this column originally appeared.