Joy Ann Reid is the essential example of all that is wrong with the modern Democratic Party. From her noise-pedestal at MSNBC, she has repeatedly framed the perfect stereotype of the out-of-touch, elite, corporate Democrat disconnected from the plight of the common worker. Reid is the essential face of neoliberalism, by many standards.
Reid has been a stalwart defender of the failed centrism of the Democratic Party for some time. She was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 primary. To this day, Reid uses any opportunity to bash Bernie Sanders and the progressive left. Not only has Joy Reid staunchly defended the failed centrist model for Democrats, she has been a forceful advocate against progressive populism.
It easy to defend supporting Hillary Clinton out of loyalty to the Democratic Party. It’s quite different to actively oppose progressive policies. Reid has smeared progressives vehemently. Her anti-progressive stance is so bad that she has even adopted a term that Donald Trump popularized: alt-left. Reid describes herself as part of the “resistance.” What a shameful resistor to have.
Progressives have been tarnished up and down in corporate media, yet Joy Reid brings a certain fire to her irrationality. Branding progressives as violent “alt-left” extremists are only the tip of the iceberg. Reid has rejected the populist left altogether. On the Daily Show, Reid proclaimed a rather soulless stance against economic populism. She reiterated her stance again on a recent interview, lambasting the notion of Democrats winning back the blue-collar working class.
To Reid, progressives are the ones damaging the Democratic Party. She clings tightly to her faith in identity politics to guide Democrats. She often describes the working class “Coors drinkers” as white Republicans, voters who would never vote Democrat anyway. These voters are a lost cause, carefully dividing workers and their plight into black and white. Reid frames the issue as either defending social values or fighting for the working class. In her view, you can’t have both. This is the central quagmire of neoliberalism.
Joy Ann Reid espouses most of the key neoliberal talking points, but she personally dislikes when progressives accurately describe her positions. Reid has lambasted the term “neoliberal” on Twitter. She describes the term as merely an alt-left smear word. This position is quite ironic. “Alt-left” is an incredibly inaccurate smear word, originally championed by Trump, a man Reid claims to be resisting. Meanwhile, neoliberal is a term in use for some time, accurately describing the economic/social model of corporate liberalism.
Make no mistake, Reid is a neoliberal. This is based on her stated positions, not a simple smear meant to make a false comparison (such as alt-left). Of course, Reid is more than likely paid quite handsomely by MSNBC to espouse neoliberalism. The policies of neoliberalism do not affect her, she is firmly lodged in the elite establishment bubble of New York.
MSNBC has a way of taking people who were reasonably progressive and turning them to the dark side. Take Rachel Maddow, or Chris Hayes as examples. Both were staunch progressives until they got shows on MSNBC. The ones MSNBC did not turn to neoliberalism were fired or pushed out, such as Cenk Uygur or Ed Shcultz.
Even though Bernie Sanders is America’s most popular politician, Joy Ann Reid and her ilk continue to smear him and his supporters. While the American people are leaning toward populism more than ever before, Reid looks down upon them. In her eyes, you cannot be an ally of liberal social values and economic populism. To her and other neoliberals, the working class are not worth the trouble. How ironic that Reid and and other neoliberals wonder why people dislike her.