MSNBC host Joy Reid has concluded that there must be a "great amount of racism, anti-blackness" in the United States, citing how close the presidential race is and saying that it is "aggravating" and "disappointing."
"I think partly because we knew the red wave was a thing, the red mirage, I should say, we all knew it was coming. In the moment, it's aggravating. And I think partly, and I said this last night, I do think it's because we've been reporting for five years, Rachel, about Russia ... undermining our national security, the impeachment, the racism, the Nazis, all of it and then COVID laying on top of it, [it] felt like a repudiation was coming," Reid told fellow MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. "I think even though we intellectually understand what America is at its base, right? That there is a great amount of racism, anti-blackness, anti-wokeness, this idea that political correctness is some scheme to destroy white America, right? We know what this country is, but still part of you, I think part of your heart says, you know what, maybe the country's going to pay off all of this pain, the children that were stolen with a repudiation. And as the night wore on and I realized and it sunk in, OK, that's not happening, we are still who we thought, unfortunately," said Reid.
Reid also addressed on Wednesday President Trump's insistence that he plans to take close races to the Supreme Court.
Reid's remarks were met with backlash for her use of "Uncle Clarence," a nod to the racist term "Uncle Tom."