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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 ThomasKavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits Laurence Tribe: Justice Thomas is out of order on 2020 election Supreme Court won't review Pennsylvania GOP election lawsuits MORE as "Uncle Clarence" early Wednesday in what appeared to be an "Uncle Tom" reference.

Reid was discussing President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend 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 BarrettSupreme Court faces landmark challenge on voting rights The Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster Laurence Tribe: Justice Thomas is out of order on 2020 election MORE and those guys to actually follow the letter of the law?" Reid asked.

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“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."

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