MSNBC host Joy Reid and Democratic strategist LaTosha Brown said black voters in Georgia were “insulted” by Republicans’ “spinning” and “use” by U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker during his campaign.
Both agreed that Walker’s campaign was a “racist” attempt to court black voters.
On Monday night’s episode of MSNBC’s “The ReidOut,” the anchor spoke with Brown and MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson about the state of the race a day before Election Day.
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The conversation centered on Walker’s GOP allies, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-C.), supporting the candidate in a way that was “insulting” to black Americans.
Brown began: “Black people feel offended, in fact they feel insulted.”
He explained, “They’re somehow insulting that the Republicans are going to pick a candidate here and he’s a ballplayer, and if they spread the narrative that black people don’t want to vote and they’re upset with the Democratic Party. The party is enough to fool us.”
Brown added, “We’re a much more sophisticated electorate than that.” Strateg said black voters “feel insulted” by the Republican ploy, which he added is “racist.”
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Brown then pointed out that Walker’s Democratic challenger, pro-abortion pastor Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., has a much better connection with black voters in the South. He said, “Warnock is a Southern Baptist preacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Church. At the end of the day, it’s a lot of history, it’s about who we are in the South.”
Reid agreed that black voters were “insulted” by the GOP campaign, adding that it showed them “disrespect.”
Mentioning Graham, who campaigned with Walker throughout the race, he said, “A lot of black people, especially people like Lindsay, have a disrespect for how Walker is being pushed around. Graham and somehow used and promoted.”
The MSNBC anchor added: “They don’t respect him and they don’t respect black people.”
Reid has previously referred to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as “Uncle Clarence,” an apparent reference to the black “Uncle Tom” insult considered overly deferential to whites, and Senator Tim Scott, RSC. symbol for his party.
Last week, MSNBC’s Jen Psaki blasted the Walker campaign, saying the candidate’s “crazy” “attacks on transgender people with campaign ads” and strong Democratic early voter turnout meant Warnock had a good chance of re-election.