“White tribalism” is President Donald Trump’s primary political animator, said MSNBC’s/NBC’s Joy-Ann Reid on Sunday’s Meet the Press.
All panelists — The New York Times’ David Brooks, MSNBC’s Charlie Sykes, and the American Enterprise Institute’s Danielle Pletka — agreed with Reid’s assessment, including Meet the Press host Chuck Todd.
Reid accused Trump of harboring particular animus toward “women of color,” framing the president as misogynistic and bigoted against non-whites. Trump's base of supporters, Reid added, were excited by the president's alleged "signals" of racial and misogynistic animosity (emphases added):
Yeah, but Donald Trump is just being himself, right? He's channeling his base. He's talking to them, but he's also channeling them. I mean before Donald Trump started tweeting, some of the more sort of prominent members of his base were calling the mayor even worse names than that. Saying she's a murderer, saying she belongs in jail. He's getting these signals, and he's giving them because he shares their view. And it is interesting that Donald Trump's reflex is to say that a woman, a woman of color, you know, is an ingrate, or to attack, or to say the people of Puerto Rico essentially are too lazy to help themselves, want something from the federal government that they won't provide to themselves. You know, he actually went on that tweet storm, which was the most he had talked about Puerto Rico at all, a year to the day after he attacked Alicia Machado, the former Miss Universe. Donald Trump has a particular reflex to attack women, to attack women of color, and to signal boost to his base this idea that people of color are lazy and dependent and won't do for themselves. He's sharing that with a large portion of his base. ...
He's evincing what we eventually did see in Katrina, this idea that the people who were, you know, suffering in New Orleans were at fault, that they were people who were undeserving and unworthy. That had a racial component. This has a racial component. The difference is George W. Bush wasn't leading the white tribalism that did eventually get turned on the people in the Katrina situation. Donald Trump is leading it.
Watch a montage of Reid's comments below.
Both Charlie Sykes and David Brooks regularly describe themselves as “conservative.” Both agreed with and elaborated on Reid's neo-Marxist racial narrative.
Todd presents himself as a politically objective and non-partisan news media figure. He furthered Reid's racial agitation by describing Trump's alleged animosity toward non-whites as "a pattern."
NBC similarly presents itself as a politically objective and non-partisan news media outlet.
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