President Trump on Saturday lashed out at MSNBC’s Joy Reid, saying that the TV host has “NO talent.”
“Who the hell is Joy-Ann Reid? Never met her, she knows ZERO about me, has NO talent, and truly doesn’t have the ‘it’ factor needed for success in showbiz,” Trump tweeted.
“Had a bad reputation, and now works for the Comcast/NBC losers making up phony stories about me. Low Ratings. Fake News!” he added.
Who the hell is Joy-Ann Reid? Never met her, she knows ZERO about me, has NO talent, and truly doesn’t have the “it” factor needed for success in showbiz. Had a bad reputation, and now works for the Comcast/NBC losers making up phony stories about me. Low Ratings. Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019
The MSNBC host and a hashtag for her show, #AMJoy, trended on Twitter Saturday morning shortly after the president’s attack.
“Great job getting us trending, #reiders! Can we get our #AMJoy hashtag even higher? Let’s do it!” the host tweeted to her followers.
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) September 14, 2019
— James Holm (@Holmey1) September 14, 2019
Trump’s tweet Saturday morning came hours after Reid highlighted Trump’s speech before a House GOP retreat in Baltimore, mocking his “Mike Pounce” gaffe and said he “went on to treat the gathered Republicans to some smoking hot beauty tips” while discussing his remarks on lightbulbs.
Reid also said that he sounded “like a desperate man” when he said “whether you like me or not it makes no difference because our country will go to Hell if any of these people get in.”
Saturday’s attack on Reid was far from the first time Trump has made it a point to insult a prominent journalist of color.
Mother Jones notes:
In August 2018, he called CNN anchor Don Lemon “the dumbest man on television.” In November 2018, the National Association of Black Journalists wrote an open letter protesting Trump’s recent “disrespect” toward three black female journalists in public question and answer sessions; he’d called them or their inquiries “nasty,” “racist,” and “stupid.”
“The most powerful man in the free world is verbally abusing journalists… The past two years have been filled with assaults on the media and Donald Trump’s comments this week have reached an all-time low,” NABJ President Sarah Glover said at the time, adding that his remarks were “appalling, irresponsible, and should be denounced.”
One of the journalists attacked by Trump and cited in the NABJ letter, American Urban Radio Networks longtime White House correspondent April Ryan, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post with a simple conclusion: “He leaves little doubt about what he really thinks of us.”