Joy Reid Slams Trump For Viewing Presidency as a TV Show: ‘Might as Well Have Props and a Jingle’
On Thursday night, MSNBC host Joy Reid blasted President Donald Trump for remarks he made in an interview with The New York Times.
In a wide-ranging interview, Trump insisted that the media will actually want him to win reelection because they need him for “ratings.”
“We’re going to win another four years for a lot of reasons, most importantly because our country is starting to do well again and we’re being respected again. But another reason that I’m going to win another four years is because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes. Without me, The New York Times will indeed be not the failing New York Times, but the failed New York Times. So they basically have to let me win. And eventually, probably six months before the election, they’ll be loving me because they’re saying, ‘Please, please, don’t lose Donald Trump.’ O.K.”
Reid thought the president’s comments were “remarkable.”
“Donald Trump, you know, came to prominence for most Americans either as real estate tycoon or the host of The Apprentice, a TV show,” Reid said. “When he was a real estate a tycoon, he spent as much time trying to get Page Six and other tabloids to put his name in the tabloid press, to tell people who he was dating, who tell people who he was marrying, to talk about his sex life, his love life, to make Donald Trump famous. Then he becomes a head of The Apprentice, where he pretends to be a business mogul — but he actually failed business!”
Reid then claimed that Trump thinks he’s still “in a TV show.”
“What he just said there is that he believes himself to be the lead character in a television show,” Reid said. “And that without this television show’s ratings America itself will tank. All of the media will tank without Donald Trump as the star of his own TV show. That is not the job of the president of the United States. It’s not a TV show… it’s the person with the nuclear codes. And I don’t think Donald Trump has yet understood the gravity of the office. He still thinks it’s a show. He thinks that people are watching his TV show rather than if people are watching more TV and more cable news and reading more New York Times because they’re terrified of Donald Trump! Or they despise him and he alarms them and they want to know what he’s gonna do next!”
Reid added that Trump “might as well have props and a jingle” because he hasn’t stopped being an “entertainer.”
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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