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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 ThomasDefusing the judicial confirmation process Will the Supreme Court take ObamaCare off life-support? The overlooked significance Kamala Harris brought to the Biden-Harris ticket MORE as "Uncle Clarence" early Wednesday in what appeared to be an "Uncle Tom" reference.

Reid was discussing President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit 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 BarrettTrump's remaking of the judicial system Feinstein to step down as top Democrat on Judiciary Committee Alito to far-right litigants: The buffet is open 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."