Reid Guest: GOP Wants Jackson Killed, They Hate Her Because She’s Black

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On Tuesday night’s The ReidOut on MSNBC, frequent guest and justice correspondent for The Nation, Elie Mystal doubled down on his claims that the criticism Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson received from Republicans was designed to get her killed. He even suggested Republicans oppose her nomination because she’s black. 

“These attacks are designed to attack Ketanji Brown Jackson, not her record, but her personal character, and that we know that these attacks can put her life and the life of her family and children in danger. And we know they know that,” Mystal said hysterically making the obviously false and dangerous allegation.   

Referring to the GOP’s questioning of Jackson’s sentencing record on child porn offenders Mystal claimed: “it’s designed to put her life in danger.” Host Joy Reid responded in agreement that “they’re punishing her.”  

Reid then tried to tie her new favorite target, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife, into this discussion arguing: “Ginni Thomas, she had a firm, Liberty Consulting, of course, that’s what it called, they represented a PAC called Fed Up PAC, and you know who that Fed Up PAC represented? Roy Moore. Ok? Supported Roy Moore when he was running for the United States Senate.” 

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Mystal returned to his original point that Republicans want Judge Jackson dead, ranting and raving that “these cuckoo for cocoa puffs conspiracy theories, again, they lead to real harm.” 

As if that wasn’t deranged enough, Mystal claimed the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee were releasing personal information about her and her family so their supporters could harm and potentially kill her (click expand):

MYSTAL: I think you actually pointed it out during the confirmation hearings, that while they’re making these attacks on Jackson, that can cause — put her life at danger, they are also being very clear about where her daughters go to school. 

REID: Exactly!

MYSTAL: Right?  They went right to — so if you were a Q-Anon person watching the confirmation hearings, you know where Ketanji Brown Jackson’s family where they work, where the kids go to school, and these ridiculous pedophile attacks. So they’re giving them all the information that they need

REID: Yep!

MYSTAL: To do real harm and real bad things to this person, whose only crime, at this point, is being a black woman. 

REID: And that offends them. 

This kind of talk isn’t just deranged, it is dangerous and should be called out by all sane people who value civil political discourse. 

MSNBC guest Elie Mystal’s vile and reckless comments were only made possible by the endorsement of Panera Bread and Angi. Their information is linked so you can contact them and let them know how you feel about them supporting this content. 

To read the relevant transcript click “expand”:

MSNBC’s The ReidOut
4/5/2022
7:55:22 p.m. Eastern

ELIE MYSTAL: These attacks are designed to attack Ketanji Brown Jackson, not her record, but her personal character, and that we know that these attacks can put her life and the life of her family and children in danger. And we know they know that. And we know that they have something particularly that they are angry at her about. And it‘s not her—it’s not the alleged pedophile sentencing record. It’s the fact that Ketanji Brown Jackson sentenced Edgar Welsh, who is the guy who went to Comet Pizza in Washington D.C. Looking for the pedophile ring to do violence. He’s the Pizzagate guy. Ketanji Brown Jackson sentenced him. You know, they didn’t talk about that sentencing. Oh no, they want — they didn’t want to talk about the time where Ketanji Brown Jackson sentenced that guy to four years in prison. So the Q-Anon people are angry at her already. And now they come over the top with these pedophilia attacks. It’s designed to put her life in danger, and that’s — you’re so right, this is why we have to talk about it because this is what they’re doing on purpose. 

JOY REID: Yeah, they’re punishing her. And just to prove to you, all if you’re watching, they don’t care about pedophilia. This isn’t what they care about at all. Ginni Thomas, she had a firm, Liberty Consulting, of course, that’s what it called, they represented a PAC called Fed Up PAC, and you know who that Fed Up PAC represented? Roy Moore. Ok? Supported Roy Moore when he was running for the United States Senate. Christopher Rufo admitted that this is what they’re doing. We had him on the show he’s the guy who pretends that he’s an expert in something, I don’t know what he thinks he’s an expert in. But he said hey, I think ideological grooming is good for the Twitter crowd. Political predators is better for the offline crowd. 

Basically, counseling Republicans of what you should say and how you should take this Q-Anon attack that is a cuckoo conspiracy theory and morph it into something politically useful. I don’t know if you agree with me, it’s significant who’s using it. It’s people like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, and Lindsey Graham, who fashion themselves future presidential candidates, they know it will get their base that base behind them.

MYSTAL: Yeah, It’s a complete base play for politics and just to be clear that doesn’t make it better. Like the fact that there is a great chance that Lindsey Graham doesn’t actually believe, it he just wants to say it to be President. That doesn’t make it better, I can argue that it makes it actually worse for him to be doing it that way, but you also have to remember when talking about these cuckoo for cocoa puffs conspiracy theories, again, they lead to real harm. I think you actually pointed it out during the confirmation hearings, that while they’re making these attacks on Jackson, that can cause — put her life at danger, they are also being very clear about where her daughters go to school. 

REID: Exactly!

MYSTAL: Right?  They went right to — so if you were a Q-Anon person watching the confirmation hearings, you know where Ketanji Brown Jackson’s family where they work, where the kids go to school, and these ridiculous pedophile attacks. So they’re giving them all the information that they need

REID: Yep!

MYSTAL: To do real harm and real bad things to this person, whose only crime, at this point, is being a black woman. 

REID: And that offends them. 

MYSTAL: And even the Republicans say she’s obviously qualified. Even the Republicans say there’s no moral scandal in terms of her personal behavior. This is directed at her just because of who she is.

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