Joy Reid trolled for slamming GOP for meme featuring ONLY Republican presidents
Joy Reid is facing backlash after slamming Republicans for their President's Day meme which she found racially insensitive. She accused the Republicans of racism, stating that they had "disappeared" Barack Obama from the collage of former US Presidents.
The post made by the Republican party on President's Day was also a dig at Joe Biden. The meme, which featured photos of Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, George Bushes, and even Richard Nixon, had been captioned "Happy Presidents' Day to such great US presidents", with Joe Biden's photo in the center of the meme and the words 'not you' written under his image.
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Disappearing the first Black president while whitewashing Richard Nixon and disrespecting the man who served as the first Black president’s VP, who is now president. Notable as this party writes education mandates telling your kids’ teachers what they are allowed to teach… https://t.co/zKxEJNds7N— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) February 21, 2022
Democrat strategist Christine Pelosi was the first to point out Barack Obama's absence in the post and stated that it was racially insensitive to 'white out' a Black leader during Black History Month itself. Reid, 53, followed suit and said the Republicans had 'disappeared the first Black president' while 'disrespecting the man who served as the first Black president's VP, who is now president.'
Reid started receiving backlash after the Democrats also made a post on Twitter to celebrate President's Day. The Democrats' own post did not feature Obama or any other Democratic leader but mentioned Joe Biden in the post captioned 'Happy President's Day'.
One Twitter user pointed out that in the GOP post, "They didn't include any Democratic presidents, it wasn't just Obama...". Another said: "Pretty sure they were just displaying Republican presidents ... not expressing racist sentiment. I get it though it's hard to get ratings."
Agreeing with the overall sentiment of the backlash one Twitter user hilariously posted: "Exactly, why would the GOP add any Democrats? That's like me adding past employees of the month that included employees of my competitors."
Some were quick to warn Joy Reif about jumping the gun when it came to alleging racism. One poster wrote: "Clinton nor Carter either. I don't think it's about race on this one. Keep your powder dry for when a real issue arises. Not everything is white vs black."
They didn't include any Democratic presidents, it wasn't just Obama...— jaimeeb (@jaimeeb) February 21, 2022
Pretty sure they were just displaying Republican presidents ... not expressing racist sentiment. I get it tho: it's hard to get ratings.— Josh in TN (@joshuacisme) February 22, 2022
Exactly, why would the GOP add any Democrats? That's like me adding past employees of the month that included employees of my competitors.— James Wood (@JamesWo05438099) February 22, 2022
Clinton nor Carter either. I don't think it's about race on this one. Keep your powder dry for when a real issue arises. Not everything is white vs black.— Solo S (@SoloS84074164) February 22, 2022
This is not the first time Reid has upset netizens. She has previously stirred up controversy and criticism for her comments against the Republican party. In March 2021, she claimed the GOP is radicalizing parents against Critical Race Theory and also claimed that its opponents are "steeped in white nationalism". "Republicans aren't running an election, they are waging an all out war for power that increasingly is based on and steeped in the Trump cult and even white nationalism and no matter how reckless or dangerous that is they're doing it believing it will move white voters," Reid said on her show.
She made headlines once again in March when she said conservatives would trade tax cuts to be able to use the n-word. "I'll say it again: people on the right would trade all the tax cuts for the ability to openly say the n-word like in 'the good old days'. To them, not being able to be openly racist and discriminatory without consequence is oppression. Trump is the avatar for this 'freedom'," Reid wrote on her Twitter handle.