MSNBC host Joy Reid compared conservatives to terrorists in a Twitter thread, saying that they capitalized on liberals’ failure to turn out at smaller interim elections and arguing that “Republicans vote the way Al-Qaida fights.”
Reid had argued in a separate thread that Republicans were moving the United States toward a dystopian future in which everything was under the control of white men, and she concluded that by saying, “Fascist America is not gonna be a great place to live, folks, at least not for women and people of color. It can still be prevented, but y’all have got to wake up. And yeah, Democrats are largely uninspiring and terrible fighters. But they’re all that stands between us and them.”
“Show me where Dems are standing between us and them, Joy,” @Its_Miss_Riss responded. “Show me where they’ve stopped the GOP states from passing literally 100s of bills shattering trans and gay rights, women’s rights, voting rights, election laws, … Biden literally called the GOP good people TODAY.”
Reid responded with a second thread, arguing that Democrats were losing in local elections — not because their candidates were weak or their policies were unpopular, but because their base wasn’t turning out.
“Democrats are in super minorities in these state legislatures where this stuff is passing precisely because their younger, multiracial base largely sits out midterm and state elections while Republicans, who are overwhelmingly white, rural and far right Christian vote every time,” she complained.
She then went on to argue that Republicans were willing to play the long game when it came to politics, while Democrats tended to give up if they did not achieve and immediate win.
“Republicans vote like al-Qaida fights: with a patient, long-term goal of seizing power and forcing the libertine culture to heel under the boot; no matter how many elections it takes. Many Democrats get frustrated after every setback and give up on voting without much of a fight,” she said.
Republicans vote like al-Qaida fights: with a patient, long-term goal of seizing power and forcing the libertine culture to heel under the boot; no matter how many elections it takes. Many Democrats get frustrated after every setback and give up on voting without much of a fight.
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) April 6, 2022
Reid then turned her attack on voter integrity measures that have passed in a number of states — which proponents argue do not make it more difficult to vote but do make it more difficult to cheat — and suggested that they were designed to suppress votes my making people feel like even if they could vote, it would not matter.
“That’s why those anti-voting laws work. They’re designed to frustrate voters out of even trying to participate. And the constant bizarre propaganda from the Republican right serves the same purpose: convincing people that there’s no point to politics. It’s all memes and theater,” she said.
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