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 Thomas as “Uncle Clarence” early Wednesday in what appeared to be an “Uncle Tom” reference.
Reid was discussing President Trump 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 Barrett 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.”
Joy Reid with an absolutely disgusting comment about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas just now on MSNBC
“Do any of you guys trust Uncle Clarence…” pic.twitter.com/a0TLxmFfPY
— Jesse Hunt (@JJHunt10) November 4, 2020
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.”
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) November 4, 2020
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) November 4, 2020
“Uncle Clarence?” Are you kidding me?? https://t.co/7V5db56BBa
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) November 4, 2020
Good god…. https://t.co/4ONH1Rcb8q
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 4, 2020
Reid was awarded her own prime-time program in July 2019 called “The ReidOut.”