Joy Reid just got a new primetime show on MSNBC and she is already in hot water. But not just from any critic, she got on the bad side of Ilhan Omar.
She accused Reid of “casual Islamophobia” before saying that it is “hurtful and dangerous,” and is demanding an apology.
“Honestly, this kinda of casual Islamophobia is hurtful and dangerous,” Omar said in a tweet.
“We deserve better and an apology for the painful moment for so many Muslims around our country should be forthcoming.”
Reid, who has been filling the 7:00 p.m. weeknight slot originally held by anchor Chris Matthews, suggested President Trump’s supporters are being radicalized like terrorists. Reid said to a panel of guests:
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 U.S. media describe that as they are ‘radicalizing’ these people, particularly when they’re radicalizing young people.
“That’s how we talk about the way Muslims act,” the ReidOut host added. “When you see what Donald Trump is doing, is that any different from what we describe as radicalizing people?”
Reid’s comment sent a shockwave throughout several social media platforms, getting attention from Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), civil rights attorneys, activists, and Muslims who lead organizations.
Honestly, this kinda of casual Islamophobia is hurtful and dangerous.
We deserve better and an apology for the painful moment for so many Muslims around our country should be forthcoming. https://t.co/megnZyL9dd
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) September 1, 2020
— Zahra Billoo (@ZahraBilloo) September 1, 2020