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I read this three times to see where the headline matched what @JoyAnnReid allegedly said. It doesn't.
My takeaway from the blog Reid excerpts & her comments is in 2006 she was a Bush supporter--along with 50% of America & many now-liberal pundits.
While I find this disappointing, I also see folks who claim to be Resistance and even left, RTing folks who were actual architects of Bush policy in 2006, like @DavidFrum & @BillKristol. Or lauding @sullydish.
And folks watch & quote @BillMaher who STILL holds these views.
Do NOT mistake these comments for endorsement. In 2006 I was a virulent critic of the Bush/Cheney administration and the Islamophobia that had taken root in American society.

I am merely saying I was more the outlier than Reid was re: these views in 2006.
Outspoken people--particularly women, POC & other marginalized voices--are disallowed bad choices or change whereas white men like the neo-neo conservatives at @FreeBeacon are allowed endless do-overs.

A chief voice to the anti-Trump left is John Dean.
So let's get honest.

The folks on the right and pseudo-left who are spending hours searching @JoyAnnReid's old blog are doing so to distract from folks with actual power--Trump in particular.

You have to ask why? Why now, why do these things matter now?

In 2008 @JoyAnnReid had a hate on for @HillaryClinton. In 2016, she was a defender.

Most folks evolve if they are thinking adults. They view the world around them and determine some things are truly terrible and need fixing. I think Reid has been on that path for a while now.
I'd never heard of @JoyAnnReid in 2006. The Reid I've been following for the past few years and with whom I have had numerous exchanges appears not to hold those neo-con views now.

To which I say, good.

There are major voices who do hold those views now. Muslims among them.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Muslim woman intellectual and academic whose words now, today, echo that excerpt I just read from Joy Reid.

Ali is a popular speaker and is quoted regularly by both the right and the alleged left as a feminist who "is willing to take on Islam."


>>to use the current commonality: it's complicated.

I'm no more a fan of All than I am of Gateway Pundit or National Review or any of the barely covert anti-Islamic neo-con sites still on full accepted flower and who are all concern-trolling over @JoyAnnReid c. 2006.

Unlike some, I don't need to twist myself into an ideological pretzel to support today's Joy Reid and decry 2006 Joy Reid. Nor should you.

Because undoubtedly your politics were different in 2006 than they are now.

Mine are not. I wasn't Islamophobic then, I'm not now.
Why @JoyAnnReid, why now?

Why did a white man who wrote declaratively for years about underage sex, rape fantasies, fluoridated water causing cancer and other disturbing POVs get a pass when he ran for POTUS in 2016 & as he does for 2020?

Explain that difference?
In 2006 @JoyAnnReid was 37--two years younger than @BernieSanders was when he wrote about how mothers were making their daughter's "frigid" by not letting them have sex with adult men.

Sanders waved a hand & America said "he was young & uninformed."

Context is everything.
The context is a bazillion leftists supported Charlie Hebdo regularly saying in 2015 what @JoyAnnReid seemed to support in 2006 & y'all had #JeSuisCharlie screens on your avatars, remember?

You all though Islam was trying to literally kill free speech.

Be accountable.
I just want us all to keep asking where we stand on very real issues as the world keeps changing and stop erasing facts that don't fit a more convenient narrative.

People f*ck up.
Good people, decent people change and evolve.

It is my belief @JoyAnnReid
is and has.
Alleged friends of @JoyAnnReid who were thrilled to be on her orbit now point and move away.

Be accountable.

I only see this being done to WOC. Chris Matthews joked about drugging and raping #HillaryClinton in 2016 and he didn't even get a suspension.

Different rules.
If @JoyAnnReid is being taken to task in 2018 for bad politics in 2006, when do we hold people accountable for bad politics in 2018?

Because I have a list.

And if what Reid said in 2006 about Hatch bottoming Alito is homophobic, y'all might want to stop your Pence jokes.

Just last night I watched self-styled progressives making excuses for Trump slurring #disabled athletes at the #Paralympics, Chris Hayes among them.

So maybe just think about all of this as you build the stake for @JoyAnnReid
c. 2005, 2006 and no white pundits c. 2018.
The saddest thing is folks won't even have the guts to RT this thread.

And have already forgotten how hard @JoyAnnReid has fought against Trump while others have had their own agendas.

We can be saddened by more than one thing at a time.

Including, perhaps, ourselves.
@JoyAnnReid has delivered an apology on @amjoyshow and is devoting her show rn to a teachable moment with @CapehartJ @joseiswriting and other #LGBTQ people.

Many important points being made by 4 gay men & 2 lesbians.

Among @JoyAnnReid's guests is a #PulseMassacre survivor, #BrandonWolf.

All of them are noting how they appreciate her apology but they are to a one wondering why the MSM is focused on Reid and not Trump and what's actually harming #LGBTQ people--as I have been saying.
Reid and #DanielleMoodieMills (@DeeTwoCents) are
are talking about the dialogue that needs to happen in the black community about LGBTQ people.

#DiegoSanchez says we are people who are still marginalized but that we "can get to tomorrow."

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