Warning to Republicans going on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show: mention Al Franken at your peril!
When this morning, Republican strategist Evan Siegfried had the temerity to suggest that the way Dems are standing by Franken gives Alabama voters justification to stand by Roy Moore, Reid went off on a tirade:
“There is absolutely no symmetry between what Al Franken . . . Al Franken is not accused of being a child molester. The conflation of trying to put Roy Moore and Al Franken in the same sentence . . . People are insane. There’s literally nothing . . . There’s no symmetry whatsoever . . . it’s absurd.”
Note: The screencap of Reid giving her poor Republican guest the stop sign is classic Joy. Reid has a nasty habit of cutting off, correcting or shutting down conservatives and Republicans who dare disagree with her.
EVAN SIEGFRIED: I think there are a lot of Alabama voters who are on the fence, and then they look at the allegations against Al Franken, which are wholly separate, but they see Democrats sticking by him, and to them, that’s a signal that they can stick by Roy Moore. I think Democrats need to come out much harder against Al Franken, and that would actually help Doug Jones.
JOY REID: Wait: hold on a second. There is, there is absolutely no symmetry between what Al Franken —
REID: No, but Al Franken is not being accused of being a child molester. And I think that’s part of the problem. I think the conflation, the “whataboutism,” among Republicans who try to put Roy Moore and Al Franken in the same sentence is part of the reason that your party has no credibility here.
SIEGFRIED: No, I agree with you.
REID: There is literally: they don’t belong in the same sentence.
SIEGFRIED: There is no similarity in the accusations —
REID: They don’t belong in the same sentence at all. They’re not the same in any character at all.
SIEGFRIED: But what I’m talking about is how people view it. I don’t agree that they’re the same at all.
REID: Well, then people are insane. Because there’s literally nothing that they have in common . . . By the way, the idea that Al Franken should be expelled — that there’s any symmetry whatsoever. These guys are going to serve with Roy Moore if he wins and say absolutely nothing and vote with him. It’s absolutely absurd. I’m sorry. My editorial here. Not even close to being the same. But, I appreciate the discussion.