Reid PANICS: ‘Nightmare’ Elder, GOP ‘Thugocracy’ Will Turn California Into Texas!

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MSNBC host Joy Reid couldn’t hide her disdain for black conservative radio host Larry Elder, on her show last night while talking about California’s upcoming recall election. The Chicken Little commentator panicked that if Elder was elected governor, the state would go to hell in a handbasket (as if it wasn’t already?) and turn into “nightmare” states California and Texas.

She opened by playing a clip of Elder on CNN saying he didn’t believe in climate change or mask mandates. Reid worried to guests, Karen Bass [D-CA] and the DNC’s Christine Pelosi, that she was having nightmares of Elder turning California into “super Texas:”

The thing that’s keeping me up–a lot is keeping me up lately but the thing really keeping me up is the idea of a super Texas in California. Larry Elder being governor of California means that in theory if Dianne Feinstein were to retire he could replace her, probably with Stephen Miller in the United States Senate. All that could be wrong, and just unleashing COVID to run rampant through the population of 39.5 million people. 

The Democrat congresswoman was equally as worried about the dark blue state turning red: “Well, that was a very frightening thought, to cause nightmares,” she sighed.

Continuing the fearmongering, Bass and Reid bashed Elder as someone who has “built his career” “attacking the black community” “like [commentator] Candace Owens.” 

But, Reid admitted Republicans had the enthusiasm advantage in this recall election. “That makes me nervous,” she conceded before making some ridiculous claims again about what a “nightmare” it would be if a Republican led California:

“They are amped up to turn California into a super Texas or a super Florida, which would essentially tank the economy of California, cause a health crisis, destroy climate change, any attempts to stop climate change. I mean it would be a nightmare. Are you as worried as I am?” she asked Pelosi.

Of course she was. Pelosi brought up Texas’s abortion law, reeling that similar could come to California. Bass fretted this was the GOP’s new “strategy” to recall Democrat leadership in blue states.

“We need to reform this process because if it is their new strategy, we need to stop it dead in its tracks,” she urged.

The panic was palpable, as Reid ended the interview with her usual hyperbolic and hate-filled rhetoric about the impending Republican “thugocracy:”

“If you don’t think they’re going to try it again and that this is not their new strategy along with having militias enforce their minority rule laws, having thugocracy at the polls and people come into the polls potentially armed, to try to bully people into not voting, if you don’t think this is their strategy, y’all don’t know Republicans,” she fumed.

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Read the relevant transcript below:

The ReidOut

9/3/21

JOY REID: He’s not a scientist. There was so much wrong with what you just heard. If that was just your run-of-the-mill right-wing provocateur you might not give it much thought. But Larry Elder? That guy? Is the Republican front-runner to unseat California Governor Newsom in the recall election that is less than two weeks away. This could be the next governor of the most populous state in the country. Governor Newsom is warning of the dangerous path ahead for Californians if he is replaced by Larry Elder. 

NEWSOM: His model is Texas and Florida and Mississippi, and I hope people pause and just consider the life and death consequences of that decision. We have among the lowest positivity rates in America. They have the highest positivity rates in America. We have one of the lowest case rates in America. They have among the highest case rates in America. 

REID: Joining me is Congresswoman Karen Bass of California and Christine Pelosi, DNC member from California. Congresswoman bass, i have to tell you right now, my–the thing that’s keeping me up–a lot is keeping me up lately but the thing really keeping me up is the idea of a super Texas in California. Larry Elder being governor of California means that in theory if Dianne Feinstein were to retire he could replace her, probably with Stephen Miller in the United States Senate. All that could be wrong, and just unleashing COVID to run rampant through the population of 39.5 million people. How likely is this to happen in your view? 

REP. KAREN BASS: Well, that was a very frightening thought, to cause nightmares. Let me just tell you that it is really on us, and I think we are doing well, to make sure that we get people to vote…

I have to tell you, Joy, in Los Angeles we are very familiar with Larry elder. He has been around for three decades and he has built an entire career on attacking the black community. So no surprises from us about him. 

REID: Yeah he’s basically like Candace Owens but a guy. 

[chuckling]

BASS:  Exactly. 

REID: Christine, I am almost afraid to show the polls. I’m going to show them quickly, briefly, because they make me nervous because I do worry about the enthusiasm gap…They are amped up to turn California into a super Texas or a super Florida, which would essentially tank the economy of California, cause a health crisis, destroy climate change, any attempts to stop climate change. I mean it would be a nightmare. Are you as worried as I am? 

CHRISTINE PELOSI: …So I think that’s why you see Democrats being very, very concerned. Of course, this Texas law really woke up a lot of activists and a lot of women who, like me, didn’t find out that we were pregnant until we were past the six week mark. I mean I passed out in a yoga class and I went to the doctor a week later, I was 6 1/2 weeks pregnant with my daughter Bella. Now, it was a wonderful experience for me but I wouldn’t even have a choice to have a choice if that were happening right now in Texas and I prosecuted rape, I prosecuted incest pregnancies which is rape by a trusted family member. These are brutal situations. If you are saying, from the start, right after your control has been arrested from you, now the state is saying, no matter what, you are having that child, it is a terrible fate to put on a woman and the relationship she would have with her child…

REID: You know what frightens me, congresswoman, is California, look, people who think — well, California is a blue state, yeah but California had governors, you know, Reagan and Nixon and Arnold Schwarzenegger won a recall. It’s not like it’s impossible. The impossible is quite possible. And so I wonder if Democrats are taking it too lightly because they think, well, Larry Elder seems crazy. There’s no way anybody would elect him but he only needs like 12% of the vote!

BASS: Well, we just have to remember the last election. What did we think about Trump? We didn’t think that was going to be possible either. 

REID: Right. 

BASS: But Joy, let me point out something because I am concerned that this is actually the beginning of a new Republican strategy. Do you know that there are 68 recalls going on in the state of California? And this is the sixth time they’ve tried to recall Governor Newsom. This is just the first one that was successful. We have a district attorney who is progressive. A new member of the city council. They initiated recalls against them before they even had time to move into their office. So we need to keep our eyes on this to see if the new Republican strategy in a blue state is to grind governing to a halt through constant recalls. We need to reform this process because if it is their new strategy, we need to stop it dead in its tracks. 

REID: Just to that point here, there are 20 states that have gubernatorial provisions, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin. If you don’t think they’re going to try it again and that this is not their new strategy along with having militias enforce their minority rule laws, having thugocracy at the polls and people come into the polls essentially armed,  to try to bully people into not voting, if you don’t think this is their strategy, y’all don’t know Republicans. Thank you both very much. 

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