Joy Reid ripped for 'Uncle Clarence' reference to Justice Thomas: 'Disgusting'

MSNBC's Joy Reid was slammed on social media after referring to Supreme Court Justice Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasFor Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court upholds religious liberty Defusing the judicial confirmation process Will the Supreme Court take ObamaCare off life-support? MORE as "Uncle Clarence" early Wednesday in what appeared to be an "Uncle Tom" reference.

Reid was discussing President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE threatening to take close races in several key battleground states to the Supreme Court when she made the remark.

"If somehow they manage to stumble into the Supreme Court, do any of you guys expect Uncle Clarence and Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettFor Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court upholds religious liberty Cardinal Dolan hails Supreme Court decision on churches, COVID-19 Cuomo blames new conservative majority for high court's COVID-19 decision MORE and those guys to actually follow the letter of the law?" Reid asked.


“No. It's a completely politicized Supreme Court that you can't just trust they'll do the right thing," she continued, before adding, “Now, so far, the courts have actually been pretty good. So, we'll see.”

Thomas was nominated to the court by President George H.W. Bush nearly 30 years ago and confirmed by the Senate.

Critics on social media reacted quickly to Reid's comments, calling them "disgusting" and "racist."



Reid was awarded her own prime-time program in July 2019 called "The ReidOut."