Appearing as a panel member both on Friday’s The Last Word, and again on Saturday’s AM Joy, frequent MSNBC guest Karine Jean-Pierre of MoveOn.org was so desperate to interpret racism into President Donald Trump criticism of ESPN’s Jemele Hill for calling him a “white supremacist,” that she misleadingly claimed that Miss Texas “said the same thing” and “called Donald Trump a white supremacist” so she could suggest Trump ignored Miss Texas’s slight because she is white.
In fact, Miss Texas never called Trump a “white supremacist,” but instead complained that the President did not more aggressively respond to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville. MSNBC hosts Ari Melber and Joy Reid went along with their guest’s claims and did not correct her misinformation.
At 10:47 p.m. on the Friday, September 15, The Last Word, Jean-Pierre claimed: “Just a couple of days ago, you had a white Miss Texas say the same thing that a black ESPN host said. You didn’t hear anything from the White House about that. It was silence about that.”
Substitute host Melber nodded and injected, “Certainly not.”
At 11:51 a.m ET, on the Saturday, September 16, AM Joy, Jean-Pierre even more directly asserted that Miss Texas “called Donald Trump a white supremacist” as she declared: “Jemele Hill and Miss Texas — we haven’t talked about how Miss Texas actually, you know, called Donald Trump a white supremacist. Clearly, it was a different reaction from both sides — we know why — but that’s –“
Host Reid injected: “Yeah, no, you didn’t have anybody in the White House calling for her to be fired as Miss Texas, but, yeah.
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Jean-Pierre responded: “Exactly.”
In fact, during last weekend’s Miss America Pageant, Miss Texas only voiced criticism of Trump’s reaction to the white supremacist rally, and did not try to read the President’s mind and allege anything about his motives. The judge posed the question:
Last month, a demonstration of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent, and a counter-protester was killed. The President said there was shared blame with, quote, “very fine people on both sides.” Were there? Tell me yes or no, and explain.
Miss Texas — Margana Wood — responded:
I think the white supremacist issue — it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack, and I think that President Donald Trump should have made a statement earlier addressing the fact and making sure all Americans feel safe in this country. That is the number one issue right now.