MSNBC host Joy Reid thinks the Trump era is “the worst time to be a human.”
Reid, who has been an outspoken opponent of President Trump in the media, made that claim in an interview with Vulture magazine published on Monday.
“I’ve said to people that this is probably the greatest time to be a journalist, and the worst time to be a human,” Reid said. “I’m grateful for the platform that I have. I was grateful for it before, when it was much smaller. I think because this election was so unusual, and because I kind of am a stand-in for my viewers — I can be shocked on their behalf — that made people connect with me more.”
“I’m an opinion journalist, so I don’t have to pretend not to be shocked and appalled. I can actually be shocked and appalled. So it’s kind of played to my strength in a way. My previous job was a bit different,” she added.
Reid has a history of making bombastic claims.
Last month, she spread a baseless internet rumor that the Trump campaign was hiring minority actors for a rally in Phoenix.
In July, Reid tried to justify Democrat Jon Ossoff’s loss in the special election for Georgia’s 6th District by falsely claiming that the close loss came in a district that Trump won by 20 points. In fact, Trump only won the district by one point.
The day before that false claim, Reid asserted several falsehoods at once while attacking Trump’s “Soviet” wives.
Four days before Reid’s error-riddled attack on Trump’s wives, she stated another falsehood live on national television, dismissing allegations that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton approved the sale of a uranium production company to Russia in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation.
Reid called it “an entirely made up conspiracy theory.” A fact-check by The Daily Caller News Foundation found her claim to be false.