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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 ThomasSupreme Court strikes down FHFA director's firing protection Supreme Court backs cheerleader over school in free speech case Biden's bad run: Is he doing worse in the courts than Trump? MORE as "Uncle Clarence" early Wednesday in what appeared to be an "Uncle Tom" reference.

Reid was discussing President TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport 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's Cedar Point property rights decision protects both sides Supreme Court strikes down FHFA director's firing protection Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 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."