Joy Reid: Trump ‘Styles Himself a Tyrant,’ Tanks on 4th of July May Be a Threat to Fellow Americans


MSNBC’s Joy Reid argued Tuesday that President Donald Trump rolling out tanks on the 4th of July for the big celebration on the Mall this week may be a threatening message to fellow Americans.

The president has been talking about big 4th of July plans for a while now, including fighter jets and tanks. His involvement and concerns about the celebration being too partisan, as well as some logistical concerns raised, have garnered a lot of criticism leading up to the big day on Thursday.

Reid said that Trump “sort of aspires to be a mini-Putin or Kim Jong-un” and he’s clearly influenced by what he’s seen not just from Kim, but when he was in France on Bastille Day.

And she asked who it is that Trump is sending a message to with the tanks:

“Who is that message to? It’s certainly not to tyrants because he like tyrants, he loves tyrants. It’s not to Putin, it’s not to Kim Jong Un, it’s not to the Saudis. Is it to our friends? Is it to Western democracies, who he doesn’t particularly like? Or is it to us? Is it to the resistance in this country? ‘I got tanks, I have this military armada.’ The message is a threat. But it’s always a threat when you roll out your military. But it’s to whom is the threat, and I suspect that the threat is to his fellow Americans. And I hate to say that, but I think that Donald Trump styles himself a tyrant, not a defeater of tyrants.”

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