NewsBusters has found a superfluity of insane content from MSNBC’s The ReidOut, but Wednesday’s show was perhaps the evilest and vile of them all as host Joy Reid and two of her loony pals insisted that red states don’t care if black people and other racial minorities starve and die so long as they, in Reid’s words, “get their behinds into the factory and make me my steaks, make me my stuff, get there and do my nails.”
With help from MSNBC contributors Jason Johnson and Dr. Kavita Patel, Reid was discussing the refusal of red states like Mississippi and Texas to refrain from (indefinite) coronavirus lockdown measures and mask mandates when the vicious and vile discussion got even worse.
Patel had stated that parts of Mississippi didn’t have a vaccination site within 90 minutes of them, then said it was an example of not only systemic racism, but a situation where “it feels like nobody cares” with Republicans harming minorities and “slapp[ing] down” “health professionals.”
Reid concurred and leveled the horrendous charge, stating these red states represented “necropolitics, which is essentially the politics of who gets to live and who gets to die and these states — what they have in common is that they have structures which say that black and brown lives matter less.”
She then added that the only way those in power (i.e. white Republicans) care was if black people and minorities toil away under their thumbs:
And so, all that matters is that the black and brown people get their behinds into the factory and make me my steaks, make me my stuff. Get there and do my nails. Work. Get back to work now and do things that I, the comfortable, affluent person need. Isn’t that what we’re saying? I mean, that’s what it feels like to me, necropolitics in states like Texas.
A similarly hateful person, Johnson agreed and piled on, claiming “The Hunger Games would be more humane” for minorities like themselves because they “at least…would have a chance” to “fight for vaccines.”
Johnson kept going, suggesting the right side of the aisle was pleasured by the sight of black and brown people starving and dying so long as they themselves (and their families) were taken care of:
JOHNSON: And it’s always seemed ironic, to me, that the party of supposedly family values is basically saying, “you kids starve. Auntie starves, uncle starves.” And my wife and my smart son get to eat, live and get the vaccine. That is essentially what’s happening here. And here’s what’s the problem. It used to be just an issue of harming black and brown people but this is harming what’s left of the Republican base. Mississippi is a red state. They’re killing a lot of their own supporters.
JOHNSON: Texas is a red state, even though it’s through suppression. They’re killing a lot of their own supporters. So, it’s not even political. It’s just nihilism and an absolutely lack of empathy for the human impact and the catastrophe that so many Americans are living through right now.
REID: Yeah, and let’s not forget that, in a lot of these states —
PATEL: States, by the way, Joy, Texas —
REID: Yeah? Go on.
PATEL: — they didn’t expand the medicaid program on purpose. They turned down money —
PATEL: — to expand a program that could give people health care.
PATEL: That’s the state we’re talking about.
REID: Yeah. No, absolutely. You’re — there’s a reason we call it necropolitics. It’s vicious.
To the surprise of what should be no one, Reid and friends built up to that screed. Reid led off by attacking the Lone Star and Magnolia States as having engaged in “nonsensical and dangerous anti-scientific” behavior by continuing to reopen their states and drop mask mandates.
Reid took particular aim at Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX), insisting that Abbott purposefully “left millions of Texans literally in the cold” during their devastating winter storm because, according to Reid’s mind-reading, he believed “Texans apparently also don’t need light and heat.”
So, when it came to COVID, Reid surmised Abbott would love nothing more than seeing Texans become sick with the virus:
Abbott’s latest gift to his constituents is, ‘congratulations, go get COVID!’ Health experts across Texas are blasting the move, saying they’re mortified and disgusted, and warning the rollbacks are like PTSD for doctors. The Republicans aren’t so much interested in listening to those doctors, the real ones. Their favorite news source spent all of yesterday having a full-blown meltdown over Dr. Seuss being, “canceled” over old-timey racist cartoons[.]
Patel and Johnson said Abbott and other governors looking to further reopen were doing so without a care in the world for their citizens and science itself. Instead, both opined that certain governors were hell-bent on “distract[ing]” attention from their ineptitude on other issues (click “expand”):
PATEL: [T]his is a state that has gone not just through its ups and downs but coming off a humanitarian crisis, still unfolding, by the way. There are still family members I have who are boiling their water in parts of Houston. So, it’s not like it’s all honky dory now….The very things that are working, the reason cases are coming down and just cutting that off is exactly the wrong thing to do. But Joy, let’s be — let’s be honest. It’s not like Abbott is alone. He has about 12 other governors who have said no mask mandate. What’s wrong with reopening? Right when we’re going into spring break, right when we’re going into Easter break, right when we know Houston, Texas, the first United States city to have all five of the most concerning more infectious, possibly more deadly variants. Joy, why not — why not open up the state and put, by the way, not Governor Abbott, not Ken Paxton, not any of the people in the state legislature at risk. Who? The people who are cleaning up the table after Governor Abbott put his little faux press conference at Mexican restaurant in Lubbock, Texas. That’s are the people he put at risk, and he doesn’t care.
REID: Yeah. Clearly not.
JOHNSON: It is absolutely insane and irresponsible. And I think in many instances, these politicians are doing is they’re trying to distract from the issue. “Hey, let’s open up the state, so you don’t look at my incompetence on the issues of handling the weather and the grid.” “Hey, let’s talk about Dr. Seuss so you don’t look at the fact that we’re trying to destroy a COVID care bill.” That’s what these Republican politicians are doing. They don’t want you to see what’s in front of you, which is other people being sick. They want to distract you with bobbles and going back into the movie theater.
Seeing as how so-called media reporters spent most of their waking hours scheming to send every last Fox News employee to the unemployment rolls, they should dedicate a few minutes to looking at what’s going on with their own team.
With help from like-minded panelists, Reid’s disgusting insistence that red states and white people only care about minorities if they’re toiling under the thumb of Republican masters was made possible thanks to the endorsement of advertisers such as ClearChoice, Discover, Ensure, Fidelity, LegalZoom, Sandals, and Sketchers.