MSNBC's Joy Reid Laments 'White Christians' Giving Trump Landslide Victory in Iowa

Chris Menahan
Jan. 16, 2024

MSNBC's Joy Reid on Monday lamented that "White Christians" in Iowa, whom she described as "overrepresented," handed former President Donald Trump a landslide victory in the Iowa Caucuses.

"This is a state that is overrepresented by White Christians," Reid said, acting downright offended that said White Christians are allowed to have a voice in the nation their forefathers created.

Transcript via NewsBusters:
JOY REID: But I feel like the important sort of data point, and you know, Steve talks about it a lot, he's gonna probably talk about it a little more tonight, is that these are white Christians. That this is a state that is overrepresented by white Christians that are gonna participate in the caucuses...

CHRIS HAYES: Particularly tonight.

REID: ...especially tonight. I, today, earlier today, reached out to Robert Jones. Robby Jones from the Public Religion Research Institute, knowing that we were gonna talk about Iowa. And this is a hyper-evangelical, white state. And he said the following to me. Iowa is about 61% white Christian. The country as a whole is approximately 41% white Christian. And in Iowa, we're talking about evangelical white Christians. He said the following. -Because I asked him- what do they get out of supporting Donald Trump? Because he keeps losing, he keeps delivering losses, and losses, and losses. And he said the following. "They see themselves as the rightful inheritors of this country, and Trump has promised to give it back to them". All the things that we think about, about electability, about, you know- what are people gaming out, or- none of that matters when you believe that God has given you this country, that it is yours, and that everyone who is not a white, conservative Christian is a fraudulent American. Is a less- a less real American. Then you don't care about electability. You care about what God has given you.
Both MSNBC and CNN decided to cut away from Trump's victory speech to keep their viewers from hearing him speak uncensored:

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