MSNBC's Joy Reid explains how Trumpism gives Roseanne a 'broad sense of permission' to be racist
MSNBC anchor Joy Reid.

MSNBC anchor Joy Reid said President Donald Trump was "giving a broad sense of permission" for his supporters to be racist during a Tuesday interview on "Andrea Mitchell Reports."


Reid was interviewed live from Philadelphia, where she is preparing to co-host a town hall on "Everyday Racism in America" that will be broadcast live Tuesday evening.

The topic soon turned to Roseanne Barr, the star of ABC's rebooted Roseanne sitcom, who is facing calls to be fired after lobbing a racist tirade against former senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett, who served in the Obama administration.

Barr apologized, but Wanda Sykes still left the show.

"And then I want to also ask you about -- it's hard to believe -- but Roseanne Barr," Mitchell said. "What do you have to do on social media to get fired from a top-rated show on an American Broadcast Network?"

"It's fraught, because for a lot of Roseanne's fans, who now are in a big Venn Diagram with Trump fans, they see this as no big deal," Reid noted. "That's part of the problem, is that you have a certain set of people who feel you should be able to speak this way."

"And unfortunately, we have a president at the moment who is kind of giving a broad sense of permission to not be political correct, to speak the way you want, to offend who you want and people shouldn't say anything about it," she continued.

"The question is whether or not the fan base that she has now developed, which is very, very much aligned with the president's base, if it's millions and millions of people and they're still watching her show, the question is whether or not they are considered to be more valuable than the people upset and rightfully offended by her tweet," Reid noted. "That's the question that ABC has to answer."

"The tweet, it's called racism, as you know better than I," Mitchell concluded.

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