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Trump Shared A Video So Racist And Hateful, MSNBC Deemed It Too ‘Graphic’ To Air


Trump Shared A Video So Racist And Hateful, MSNBC Deemed It Too ‘Graphic’ To Air

MSNBC host Joy Reid on Saturday informed her viewers that she could not air an edited video tweeted by President Trump on Friday because it “is so inflammatory it falls into a category where most news organizations wouldn’t even play it on TV.”

The video tweeted by Trump shows out of context comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) about the 9/11 attacks while speaking to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in March interspersed with video of the 9/11 attacks.

Playing an extended clip of Omar’s remarks, Reid accused the GOP of trying to paint the progressive lawmaker as dismissive of the 9/11 attacks, when her remarks were referring to efforts by some conservatives to strip Muslim Americans of civil liberties after Sept. 11, 2001.

“Many on the right cut, not only the little phrase, that snippet, ‘some people did something’, and used that out of context snippet to assail the congresswoman, with some Fox News personalities even questioning her loyalty to the United States,” Reid said, referring to remarks made by Fox host Brian Kilmeade, who later clarified that he was not questioning Omar’s loyalty.

“Last night Fox News superfan Donald Trump took things to a shocking new low,” Reid continued, “tweeting out a graphic video of the Twin Towers burning, interspersed with that single snippet of the congresswoman’s speech.”

“We’re not going to show you that video because it is so inflammatory it falls into a category where most news organizations wouldn’t even play it on TV. And yet it was released through the preferred public information tool of the President of the United States. Making it akin to an official public statement,” she added.

“Many are calling Trump’s tweet and that video an incitement to violence against the congresswoman, particularly since it comes just one week after a self-declared Trump supporter was charged with threatening to kill Rep. Omar,” Reid concluded.

A number of Democrats, including presidential hopefuls Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, condemned the president for inciting more division and hatred.

Buttigieg tweeted:

After 9/11 we all said we were changed. That we were stronger and more united. That’s what “never forget” was about. Now, a president uses that dark day to incite his base against a member of Congress, as if for sport. As if we learned nothing that day about the workings of hate.

That day, some people did this: killed thousands of Americans in order to try to make us smaller, more divided and less free. To weaken us by distancing us from our own values through fear and anger. This is the function of terrorism.

I served overseas, at risk to my life, in the struggle against such terrorism. But it can only be fully defeated if we have leaders at home who defuse its capacity to sow hate—hate against Islam or against any number of “others.”

The president today made America smaller. It is not enough to condemn him; we must model something better.

The threats against the life of Rep. Omar make clear what is at stake if we fail to to do this, and to beat back hate in all all its forms.

Sanders said in a tweet that “disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also fired back on Saturday, slamming Trump’s decision to use the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a “political attack.”

“The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence. The President shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack,” Pelosi said in a statement.

“It is wrong for the President, as Commander-in-Chief, to fan the flames to make anyone less safe,” she added.


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