Between blaming Republicans for the congressional shooting last week and attacking shooting victim Steve Scalise, the MSNBC host is on a roll.
Instead of taking the weekend to discuss heated political rhetoric following a left-wing extremist’s attack on GOP members of Congress, like much of the United States, MSNBC host Joy Reid decided to bash the victims of the attack.
Reid first attacked Rep. Steve Scalise, who was injured in the attack, over his congressional record in a tweet on Saturday.
Implying that Scalise somehow deserved his injuries due to his votes, Reid pointed out that the shooter was “a white man,” without mentioning his political affiliation.
She then highlighted the race and sexual orientation of one of the heroic police officers, who didn’t think twice about Scalise’s political affiliation before rushing to save his life.
Reid sent out her tweet as Scalise was fighting for his life in a hospital bed following the shooting.
Then, on her MSNBC show on Sunday morning, Reid turned on the targets of the attack, blaming Republicans for the conditions leading up to the shooting.
A GOP commentator on her show criticized both Republican and Democratic rhetoric in the wake of the attack, but Reid interjected, saying that only Republicans were to blame and Democratic rhetoric was justified.
Evan Siegfried, the GOP strategist, pointed out that Democrats had compared Republicans to the the Taliban and called them “evil” and “insensitive.”
“You don’t think it’s insensitive to cut Meals on Wheels?” Reid asked, not condemning other extreme Democratic rhetoric.
Reid argued that there is no moral “equivalency” between Republicans and Democrats, given GOP rhetoric.
“It does feel like you have people on the right, you have Republicans trying to sort of make themselves the victim. They seem to crave this idea of being the victims of hate,” she added.
“Why now are Republicans attempting to sort of make themselves the victims?” Reid asked, four days after a left-wing extremist attempted to murder GOP members of Congress.