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The internet is FOREVER, as MSNBC hostess Joy Reid is learning. Reid usually makes headlines for the...interesting things she suggests, most recently fantasizing about a scenario in which President Trump evades arrest by federal authorities and is dragged kicking and screaming from the White House. In any case, before she ascended to MSNBC, Joy Reid had a blog called the Reid Report.

Joy Reid doesn't brook much dissent on her own MSNBC show, regularly shutting down, as here, here and here, conservatives who have the temerity to disagree with her. Fortunately, when Rich Lowry of the National Review took on the Reid this morning, it happened on Meet the Press, where Reid was a fellow panelist rather than host. The topic was the violence between neo-Nazi/white nationalists and Antifa, in which numerous people were injured and one woman killed. President Trump has come under withering media and political attack for a statement condemning violence "on many sides." Lowry made the point that the so-called "anti-fascists" in Charlottesville also engaged in violence, and the violence was not one-sided, as the videos show. Reid refused to admit that there was violence on both sides, claiming "there was certainly not."

On her MSNBC show this morning and while discussing the grand jury that Robert Mueller has impaneled in Washington, DC, Joy Reid dismissed as "one of the more absurd arguments I've heard" Harvard law prof Alan Dershowitz's assertion that DC has "an ethnic and racial composition that might be very unfavorable to the Trump Administration." Paul Butler, a law prof at George Washington University, reinforced Reid: "Alan Dershowitz was my criminal law professor, but I'm here to teach him: Professor Dershowitz, you're just wrong on that issue."

On Joy Reid's MSNBC show today, analyst Malcolm Nance floated a scenario in which President Trump decided to use a nuclear weapon to stop the North Korean missile-testing program. Reid asked whether Kelly would be "the guy who's going to say, 'yes, sir, or the guy who's going to say, 'don't do it?'" Replied Nance:

"He may have to be the guy that tackles him."

When Joy Reid and her merry band of liberals sink their teeth into something, it's hard to tear them away. Last month, we entertained you with this item about Reid & Co. mentioning "Russia" 56 times in one hour. On today's AM Joy, the word was "pardon." No Groucho-like duck came down, but Reid and her panelists pored interminably over the pardon possibilities. We counted 32 "pardon" mentions in the 14-minute segment. Naturally, the panel was horrified at the prospect of President Trump pardoning himself or others. Reid herself conjured up a nightmare scenario of Trump committing "treason, and then pardoning himself." The reliably hyperbolic Joan Walsh spoke darkly of a "constitutional crisis."

Joy Reid has done it again, shutting down on her MSNBC show this morning yet another conservative guest who tried to get in a word edgewise. This time it was former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz in the unenviable position of trying to make the case that the meeting between Trump campaign aides and Russians wasn't the horror the left is making it out to be. Reid first asked him for his comments, but before he could get started, proceeded to cut him off, launching into her own monologue. When Fleitz asked if he could respond, Reid replied "No. No you cannot, until I'm finished answering the question." Rightly retorted Fleitz: "you asked me a question and now you're responding for me."

On Joy Reid's MSNBC show this morning, guest Tamara Holder—who Reid, ironically, billed as an "equal rights attorney and advocate"—mocked the women in Donald Trump's life. Holder was upset that they had failed to condemn the president over his tweets directed at Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. Said Holder:

"I think the women in Donald Trump's life probably have smaller minds than his small hands . . . he has continued to surround himself, Donald Trump, with very, very, weak-minded women, who are afraid of him."

Yesterday, we noted Kellyanne Conway mocking CNN's Russia fixation. Conway told Alisyn Camerota: "I know that we just like to say the word 'Russia, Russia' to try to mislead the voters. And I know that CNN is aiding and abetting this nonsense as well.” Well, if CNN likes to say "Russia, Russia," we'll need to multiply that 28 times to understand the depth of MSNBC's obsession with the subject. In the first hour of Joy Reid's MSNBC show this morning, the word "Russia" or "Russian" was heard . . . 56 times!

On Joy Reid's MSNBC show this morning, Democrat operative Scott Dworkin, after saying that Jared Kushner is "lucky that he's not in jail at the moment," flatly claims that Kushner is "guilty of a crime." Dworkin said, "if I had done that when I was working for Obama, I would have been fired, I would have been locked up, and there would have been no doubt about it, nobody would have asked any questions about it."

Put this one in your political time capsule. On her MSNBC show this morning, Joy Reid played a clip of her recently asking Elizabeth Warren if she was "going to run" for president in 2020.  Her response is interesting, to say the least. What makes it significant is that Warren did not resort to the classic dodge of saying "I am not running," a meaningless non-answer for anyone who has not yet thrown his hat into the ring. The question was whether she was "going" to run, and Warren's "no" would, as a matter of logic, indicate that she has ruled out a run.

On Joy Reid's show this morning, MSNBC terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance said that if the United States "were some third-world nation right now, we'd be watching the army to see if the tanks are getting ready to move for a coup. Or if a guy jumps on a plane and flies to Monaco with all the money from the state." Sounds like a "helpful" suggestion/wishful thinking from MSNBC. Nance, by the way, is the person who nominated a Trump property for an ISIS suicide attack. To date, there's no evidence online that he has apologized or been disciplined by MSNBC.

Hey, give Joy Reid credit. At least she didn't go full Hitler analogy . . . On her MSNBC show this morning, Reid claimed that a recently-adopted Texas immigration law sounds "almost like an apartheid-era law." To support her alarmist claim, Reid badly mischaracterized the law, suggesting that under it, "any person can be stopped for any reason and asked essentially [to] show their papers." Her ACLU guest seemingly agreed, saying, "that's right." But she added that immigration-status inquiries can be made "once a person is legally detained," thus debunking Reid's suggestion that a person could be stopped and asked "for any reason."

As we've documented, Joy Reid has a habit of shutting down conservatives on her MSNBC show who say things she doesn't like. So today, Reid invited on her kind of conservative. Kirsten Haglund, billed by the show as a "conservative commentator," was highly critical of the way Ivanka allegedly mixes business and public service. Haglund's criticism was indistinguishable from that of the liberal panelists. But what really put the lie to the notion that Haglund is a "conservative commentator" was this line from her: "Ivanka and Jared are more moderate. I hope they would use that influence [on Trump] a little bit more." So Reid's idea of a "conservative" is someone who wants to see President Trump pushed to the left. Got it!

For someone who styles herself an advocate of diversity, Joy Reid has a funny way of shutting down diverse voices. Legal Insurrection has documented how in the past she has silenced and even ejected guests who ran afoul of her speech codes. Back at it today, Reid reprimanded Republican consultant Katon Dawson for referring to the "Democrat" party. "On this show, we say Democratic," instructed Reid, telling Dawson that "we're going to have to sit down. We're going to have a talking-to." Being lectured by Joy Reid: now there's something to look forward to!

Shades of Alice in Wonderland's Queen: "sentence first — verdict afterwards." On Joy Reid's MSNBC show this morning, Dem Rep. Maxine Waters doubled down on her earlier statement that "my greatest desire is to lead [President Trump] right into impeachment." Asked by Reid on what grounds she would impeach the president, Waters offered no evidence but said "I believe" there's a connection between Ukraine, Trump, and Russia, and "I think" Trump "colluded" with Putin during the election.
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