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MSNBC’s Reid Says ‘BLM Doesn’t Riot,’ Blames Trump For Encouraging Violence

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MSNBC host Joy Reid gave a full-throated defense of Black Lives Matter, insisting demonstrators pushing for racial justice don’t riot and blaming President Trump for the violence she said is being fueled by “white nationalist mobs.”

Reid on Saturday shared a local Seattle report from June, suggesting that Black Lives Matter isn’t responsible for the unrest because of the 81 arrests that were made at the time and included race in court documents, 32 were White and only eight of them were Black; in addition, more than 70 percent of those arrests were from outside the Seattle area.

“Let me repeat this for those inventing the idea of ‘Black Lives Matter riots.’ BLM doesn’t ‘riot.’ They march against police violence. And note that those caught setting fires, assaulting and shooting people are consistently of the RIGHT, not the left,” Reid tweeted. “So let’s stop giving in to the narrative Trump and his allies are inventing to try and help him cling to power. Autocrats always eventually get to this place: accusing the opposition of being anarchic and violent to cover up their own rot and violence.”

She continued, “You are MUCH more at risk from unmasked Trump cultists coming home to your suburb from a superspreader rally and coughing or sneezing on you in Walmart or touching the door handle after wiping their nose than you are from a Black Lives Matter rally.”

In a separate series of tweets on Sunday, the “ReidOut” host accused the president of wanting to incite violence during his upcoming visit to Kenosha.

“Let’s just be clear: Donald Trump is not going to Kenosha to calm the city or to comfort the family of Jacob Blake, or the families of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, the two young men shot to death by one of Trump’s supporters. He’s going to Kenosha to whip up more violence,” Reid wrote. “Violence and mayhem, perpetrated by people who support HIM, unleashed at night and let’s just be clear: by wh… (Read more)

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