MSNBC host Joy Reid has been accused of Islamophobia after comparing President Donald Trump’s supporters to ‘the way Muslims act’ on her program.
Reid’s comments came on Monday during her new 7pm show, ReidOut, as she discussed the murder charges against Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha and political violence in Portland.
‘When leaders, let’s say in the Muslim world, talk a lot of violent talk and encourage their supporters to be willing to commit violence including on their own bodies in order to win against whoever they decide is the enemy, we in the U.S. media describe that as they are ‘radicalizing’ these people, particularly when they’re radicalizing young people,’ Reid said.
‘That’s how we talk about the way Muslims act,’ she added. ‘When you see what Donald Trump is doing, is that any different from what we describe as radicalizing people?’
Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, led the criticism against Reid, saying in a tweet: ‘Honestly, this kinda of casual Islamophobia is hurtful and dangerous.’
‘We deserve better and an apology for the painful moment for so many Muslims around our country should be forthcoming,’ Omar added.
A spokesperson for Reid did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com. Reid did not address the controversy on her show on Tuesday night.
Reid’s remarks drew swift backlash. Zakir Khan, board chair of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oregon, said in a tweet that the comments were ‘so unbelievably Islamophobic it’s ridiculous.’
Khan asked whether Reid planned to apologize for the way she ‘stereotype[d] an entire group of Muslims.’
In her remarks, Reid referred to Trump liking a tweet praising Rittenhouse, who is charged with murder after fatally shooting two people during a violent confrontation in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Keith Griffith