Reid Accuses SCOTUS Of Waging A ‘Frontal Assault On Modern Society’

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If you were to ask one of those A.I. bots to write out a typical MSNBC diatribe, it would look like Joy Reid on the Tuesday edition of The ReidOut. In her opening rant, Reid went after conservatives in elected office, out of office, and on the Supreme Court. She accused conservatives of not liking black people, brown people, women, gay and transgender people, immigrants, and Muslims while seeking to impose The Handmaid’s Tale.

On the issue of the Supreme Court, Reid ranted:

And I didn’t even get to the national abortion ban Trump is planning. And the further plans of the right-wing majority of the Supreme Court. The conservative majority on the Court, led by Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas have already waged a full frontal assault on modern society. Including repealing the Civil Rights era, abortion access, and affirmative action, and they are currently gunning for contraceptive access, and maybe even gay marriage. 

Reid had a special dislike for Justice Samuel Alito who dared to lament that people like her do not seem to care about religious liberty or the Second Amendment, “And that is because justices like Alito and Thomas share the religious far-right’s grievances about society’s evolution. Alito once complained that ‘in certain quarters, religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right’ while ‘the ultimate second-tier Constitutional right in the minds of some is the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.’”

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Going through the identity politics checklist, Reid continued, “Why would he care about actual second class citizens like women, the poor, black and brown people, or gays, lesbians, and trans people.”

Reid next turned to Speaker Mike Johnson, “who, according to one MSNBC columnist, is the most unabashedly Christian nationalist speaker in U.S. history. Which means he too wants to basically eviscerate the separation between church and state. He once called homosexuality an inherently unnatural and dangerous lifestyle. Now, if all of this sounds like The Handmaid’s Tale, congratulations, you get it.”

Earlier, Reid recalled how Donald Trump is using the Center for Renewing America and something called Project 25 from the Heritage Foundation to preview a would-be second term and she ran off just a few of the supposedly scary things that might be coming:

Including mass deportations, shooting migrants at the border, full immunity for police to kill at will. Gutting the EPA, terminating the Constitution, bombing Mexico, exiting NATO, banning Muslims from entering the country, imposing ideological screenings for immigrants. Revoking student visas of those who protest on college campuses against Israel. He also wants to dismantle the Department of Education, enforce Florida-style patriotic education in our schools, end federal funding of any schools that mention so-called Critical Race Theory, gender ideology, or what people like Stephen Miller determine to be inappropriate racial, sexual, or political content. 

There’s a lot there, but just to pick a few, neither CRA nor Heritage is proposing “terminating the Constitution.” Neither is proposing exiting NATO—Project 25 doesn’t even call for the cessation of military aid to Ukraine—and everyone, even Joy Reid, presumably believes that immigrants should pass some basic form of “ideological screening.” Surely, Reid would be opposed to the admission of European neo-Nazis.

However, Reid was not done:

They intend to force children to learn about their version of the ‘nuclear’ family, including the roles of mothers and fathers and things that make men and women different and unique. That’s what our kids will learn in Trump’s Christian nationalist public schools while corporations and America’s wealthiest men like Jamie Dimon, Elon Musk, and every other rich celebrity supporting Trump get yet another giant tax cut. 

It is unclear why Reid felt the need to put “nuclear” in scare quotes.

Here is a transcript for the February 20 show:

MSNBC The ReidOut

2/20/2024

7:04 PM ET

JOY REID: Thanks to reporting from Politico, the New York Times and Axios, we now know that CRA and Project 25 have a long list of plans for America on day one of a second Trump Administration. Including mass deportations, shooting migrants at the border, full immunity for police to kill at will. Gutting the EPA, terminating the Constitution, bombing Mexico, exiting NATO, banning Muslims from entering the country, imposing ideological screenings for immigrants. Revoking student visas of those who protest on college campuses against Israel. He also wants to dismantle the Department of Education, enforce Florida-style patriotic education in our schools, end federal funding of any schools that mention so-called Critical Race Theory, gender ideology, or what people like Stephen Miller determine to be inappropriate racial, sexual, or political content. 

They intend to force children to learn about their version of the “nuclear” family, including the roles of mothers and fathers and things that make men and women different and unique. That’s what our kids will learn in Trump’s Christian nationalist public schools while corporations and America’s wealthiest men like Jamie Dimon, Elon Musk, and every other rich celebrity supporting Trump get yet another giant tax cut. 

Or maybe they just cease to pay taxes at all. And I didn’t even get to the national abortion ban Trump is planning. And the further plans of the right-wing majority of the Supreme Court. The conservative majority on the Court, led by Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas have already waged a full frontal assault on modern society. Including repealing the Civil Rights era, abortion access, and affirmative action, and they are currently gunning for contraceptive access, and maybe even gay marriage. 

And that is because justices like Alito and Thomas share the religious far-right’s grievances about society’s evolution. Alito once complained that ‘“in certain quarters, religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right’ while ‘the ultimate second-tier Constitutional right in the minds of some is the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.’”

Why would he care about actual second class citizens like women, the poor, black and brown people, or gays, lesbians, and trans people. Alito and Trump are joined by House Speaker Mike Johnson who, according to one MSNBC columnist, is the most unabashedly Christian nationalist speaker in U.S. history. Which means he too wants to basically eviscerate the separation between church and state. He once called homosexuality an inherently unnatural and dangerous lifestyle. 

Now, if all of this sounds like The Handmaid’s Tale, congratulations, you get it. 

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