Joy Reid of MSNBC links the potential arrest of Texas Democrats to the Fugitive Slave Act
Joy Reid, the host of MSNBC’s “ReidOut,” linked threats to arrest Texas House Democrats who fled the state to the Fugitive Slave Act on Tuesday.
“I have to speak with you about this danger of having you all arrested when you return to Texas and apparently tracking you down like the Fugitive Slave Act is still in effect,” Reid told her guest, Rep. Chris Turner. “How do you feel about those threats?”
Turner called them “empty threats,” but Reid’s analogy to the Fugitive Slave Act raised some eyebrows.
The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 revised a previous law that required all escaped slaves to be returned to their owners once apprehended.
Abolitionists despised it because it pushed free states in the north to cooperate.
On Monday, Democratic lawmakers left their home state to prevent a quorum from forming for a special session to address election security laws.
They have documented their exploits on social media, gloating about their “fugitive” status, boasting of their “sacrifice,” and even singing “We Shall Overcome.”
They attacked Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans on Tuesday for allegedly trying to suppress minority votes, and they have documented their exploits on social media, gloating about their “fugitive” status, boasting of their “sacrifice,” and even singing “We Shall Overcome.”
After hearing Reid’s comparison and praise for Texas Democrats, NewBusters managing editor Curtis Houck joked, “Yes, indeed.
Storming the beaches of Normandy, going building to building in the Battle of Fallujah, and weathering the bitter winter of 1777 in Valley Forge are all examples of Texas Democrats taking Miller Lites on a maskless private plane to Washington, D.C.”
Reid, who has a lengthy history of propagating false information and conspiracy theories, is no stranger to making bizarre statements.
In a tale that shook the media business in 2018, she notably claimed that homophobic comments on her old blog, “The Reid Report,” were not penned by her.
She blamed hackers and claimed to have enlisted the FBI to look into her impossible allegation, but when her storey broke apart, she became upset on camera.
Reid admitted it was doubtful she had been hacked, but she claimed she didn’t make the insulting words and apologised regardless.
Her reputation was tarnished by the odd event, but she has subsequently been elevated from weekends to weekdays on MSNBC.