MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Trump’s ‘Radicalizing’ His Supporters in the Same Way Muslims Are

MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Trump’s ‘Radicalizing’ His Supporters in the Same Way Muslims Are


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
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Donald Trump’s radicalizing some of his most fervent supporters in violence in a similar way that experts see some Muslim terrorists are radicalized, according to MSNBC host Joy Reid.

Trump’s been stoking division and violence for months as protesters have hit American streets in the wake of the May 25 murder of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis Minn.

Trump on Monday declined to condemn the actions of the 17-year-old suspect in the shooting of three protesters against police brutality in Kenosha, Wis., claiming, without evidence, that it appeared the gunman was acting in self-defense.

Kyle Rittenhouse has been charged with six criminal counts, including first-degree intentional homicide, for the shooting last week that left two protesters dead and a third injured.

“You know, when leaders — let’s say in the Muslim world–talk a lot of violent talk and encourage their supporters to be willing to commit violence, including on their own bodies, in order to win against whoever they decide is the enemy, we in the U.S. media describe that as they are radicalizing those people, particularly when they’re radicalizing young people,” Reid said. “That’s how we talk about they way Muslims act. When you see what Donald Trump is doing, is that any different from what we describe as radicalizing people?”

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