Joy Reid Laments Close Election: ‘We Are Still Who We Thought, Unfortunately’

With the 2020 election still too close to call in several critical battleground states, scores of Americans are struggling to reconcile how well President Donald Trump and the Republican Party did in the initial count, indicating that large swaths of the electorate are still enamored by racism, are indifferent to Trump’s criminal corruption, and welcoming toward the politics of ignorance.

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On Wednesday night, MSNBC’s Joy Reid said to Rachel Maddow on The Rachel Maddow Show that she feels that “there’s a great amount of racism and anti-blackness” in the United States “because we knew the red wave was a thing, the red mirage, I should say, we all knew it was coming.”

Most pundits expect Trump to ultimately lose the Electoral College to Democrat Joe Biden, who is leading in the national popular vote by more than three million.

But compared to 2016, Trump has increased his voting base by nearly six million, and that is what has taken so many on the left by surprise.

“In the moment, it’s aggravating. And I think partly, and I said this last night, I do think it’s because we’ve been reporting for five years, Rachel, about Russia … undermining our national security, the impeachment, the racism, the Nazis, all of it and then COVID laying on top of it, [it] felt like a repudiation was coming,” said Reid, who hosts Reid Out on MSNBC.

Reid hoped for the best but braced for the worst.

“I think even though we intellectually understand what America is at its base, right? That there is a great amount of racism, anti-blackness, anti-wokeness, this idea that political correctness is some sort of scheme to destroy white America, right? Like, we know what this country is, but still part of you — I think part of your heart says, ‘You know what, maybe the country’s going to pay off all of this pain,’” Reid said.

That simply did not happen.

“As the night went on, and I realized, and it sunk in, OK that’s not happening. We are still who we thought, unfortunately. It’s disappointing,” Reid continued. “I emerge from this disappointed.”

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