Joy Reid was surely not expecting the answer she got when on her MSNBC show this morning she asked guest Elie Mystal “does Donald Trump serve out his full term?” After all, Mystal has liberal, nay radical [see below], roots. But to Reid’s dismay, Mystal [seen on left in screencap] responded:
“Yeah. I think he wins in 2020.”
The panel exploded in shocked horror. The guest sitting next to Mystal let out a long “wh-a-a-a-t??!!” Someone else could be heard saying “no-o-o-o.” Reid responded that the segment would end “on that frightening note.”
Black people lucky enough to get on a jury could use that power to acquit any person charged with a crime against white men and white male institutions. It’s not about the race of the defendant, but if the alleged victim is a white guy, or his bank, or his position, or his authority: we could acquit. Assault? Acquit. Burglary? Acquit. Insider trading? Acquit.
Murder? … what the hell do you think is happening to black people out here? What the hell do you think we’re complaining about when your cops shoot us or choke us? Acquit. Don’t throw “murder” at me like it’s some kind of moral fault line where the risk of letting one go is too great.
Note: Mystal made clear that he was not welcoming a Trump win, but simply predicting it, adding, “I think our country is in a very bad situation.”
Note segundo: although Reid described the prospect of a Trump 2020 win as “frightening,” she did have a flash of fairness, adding: “unless you like Donald Trump, in which case it’s a glorious note.”