On Tuesday night, MSNBC host Joy Reid complained that “the Republican Party has pounced on” video footage of left-wing activists harassing Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) inside a restroom. Reid essentially justified the protesters’ decision to record a U.S. senator in the lavatory, blithely saying that while their behavior was “not ideal,” this case constitutes “desperate times, desperate measures.”
“One of the biggest debates ripping through Twitter right now is about a bathroom or, rather, whether it was appropriate for activists to follow Senator Sinema into a bathroom, demanding action on DACA and the reconciliation bill,” said Reid during the final segment of “The ReidOut.”
Reid said the self-described illegal immigrant accosted the senator in a bathroom stall because Sinema does not hold enough public meetings. “Now, I think we can all agree it’s not ideal for any party involved to follow anyone into a bathroom for any reason — but keep in mind, the Arizona senator has canceled her in-person meetings and hasn’t hosted a town hall in three years, so desperate times, desperate measures,” ranted Reid.
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Reid then accused Republicans in general, and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in particular, of acting hypocritically in condemning left-wing activists who physically confront U.S. senators in intimate settings while Republicans send mean tweets.
“Of course, the Republican Party has pounced on the incident to reignite the decency debate, clutching all the pearls as they complain, ‘What if those activists had been MAGA?’” said Reid.
“First off, the Republican Party saying the Left is uncivil? Ha!” she laughed. “OK, I just had to get that out of my system.”
“You, the Republican Party, proliferators of harassment and violence, you don’t get to talk about decency,” she said, citing the Capitol riot of January 6. “Conservatives manufactured outrage over masks and history lessons, [and] took our school boards hostage like a bunch of screaming maniacs,” she added. “You betcha [Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene] would have followed David Hogg into a bathroom.”
Reid pivoted the show by contrasting left-wing activists’ repeated acts of harassment with Republican Twitter jokes.
“Just last night, your very own Senator Ted Cruz essentially tweeted ‘F you, Biden,’ using a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ meme,” she said.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz)