MSNBC's Joy Reid wasn't here for this Republican strategist's dismissive lies and blatant hypocrisy.
Republicans have once again proven their hypocrisy and tolerance for sexual misconduct with the Steve Wynn scandal.
But when one GOP strategist tried to remain in denial about his party’s leadership, MSNBC host Joy Reid called him out at every turn.
Casino mogul Wynn was an official campaign finance co-chair for the Republican National Committee (RNC), a position he retained even as his stock price plummeted Friday following news of his sexual misconduct. When Wynn’s resignation was finally announced on Saturday by the RNC, it was without comment on the sexual misconduct, and other Republicans have also remained silent.
But on Saturday’s “AM Joy,” Republican strategist Jason Johnson attempted to accuse Democrats of trying to “take some moral high ground, and say Republicans are all sexists and Democrats are angels” by demanding Wynn be removed from his position and his contributions returned.
Reid wasn’t having it, and she called Johnson out for his dismissive lies.
“Is a faux moral high ground when they back Roy Moore, who is accused of serial child molestation?” she asked. “They continued to have a member who said he was the ‘soul mate’ of a very young staffer, who’s fighting to stay in office, when Donald Trump has 19 accusers of alleged sexual misconduct and Republicans back him to the hilt.”
“Is it at faux high ground when Republicans refuse to throw anyone accused of sexual misconduct over the side?” Reid demanded.
Johnson tried to stammer his way through a defense of the Republicans’ backing of Moore by naming a few who did not, but was quickly forced to concede that both Trump and the RNC stuck with him.
“You’re right, with the exception of the president and the RNC,” Johnson said. “So look, it’s an interesting situation right now, there’s no doubt about it, but to state that the RNC represents every Republican in the country, the voters, the elected officials …”
“It’s the official party,” Reid interrupted. “Wait a minute, you’re saying the RNC doesn’t represent the Republican Party? The RNC is the Republican Party.”
Reid also destroyed Johnson’s attempt at a distinction between the RNC and Republican voters by pointing out that Republicans overwhelmingly voted for Moore in his special election defeat. She said that Moore lost because “for the most part, African-American women voted for Doug Jones.”
“Your party,” Reid continued, “the actual rank and file Republicans in Alabama, overwhelmingly voted for Roy Moore.”
It is stunningly absurd to try to rewrite the Republicans’ reaction to Moore and even more so to ignore their hypocrisy on Wynn. The silence on Wynn, who had an official role in the party, has been notably deafening particularly after the right’s responses to Harvey Weinstein, who held no position in the DNC.
Reid’s consistent pushback on absurd Republican spin is a welcome change from a corporate media that vacillates between sporadic effectiveness and complicity with Trump. Every interviewer should follow her example.