Mara Gay, a New York Times editorial board member, made outrageous comments on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday. The discussion centered around a shockingly juvenile, fact-void June 7th OpEd at the Washington Post by Max Boot titled “Too many people are still underestimating the Trump threat.”
Tom Elliott of Grabien Media shared the Morning Joe exchange on social media.
Gay explained that Democrats need to go ahead with a commission on their own to investigate the events at the Capitol building on January 6th. It should be noted that there has already been an “investigation” and a report produced. The important questions, however, have been left unaddressed.
“I think this another area where democrats need to get serious about talking about what this threat is,” Gay said, speaking of Americans who still support President Trump. There are “tens of millions of Trump voters… [who] see Americanness as the same as one with whiteness,” she said, with zero evidence of any such thing.
The “journalist” continued to recount an experience she had recently in Long Island while visiting a friend:
I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with explicatives [sic] against Joe Biden on the back of them – Trump flags – and in some cases, just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing, which essentially the message was clear, it was ‘this is my country. This is not your country. I own this.'”
Instead of calling out Mara Gay’s disturbing comments, Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski gushed, “Totally agree.”
I think this another area where democrats need to get serious about talking about what this threat is. I think you said it really well, Joe, a minute ago, where you talked about – the need to stop being surprised by all of this. And start taking it seriously. You know, it’s really concerning to me that the Democrats haven’t just gone ahead at this point and said, we’re doing this on our own in terms of – getting a commission together. To explain to the American people how we allow the insurrection to take place in the Capitol. I think that really needs to move forward swiftly.
You know – the reality is here that we have a large percentage of the American population — I don’t know how big it is, but we have tens of millions of Trump voters who continue to believe that their rights as citizens are under threat by simple virtue of having to share the democracy with others. I think as long as they see Americanness as the same as one with whiteness, this is going to continue. We have to figure out how to get every American a place at the table in this democracy, but how to separate Americanness, America, from whiteness. Until we can confront that and talk about that, this is really going to continue.
I was on Long Island this weekend, uh – visiting a really dear friend and I was really disturbed. I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with explicatives [sic] against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases, just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing, which essentially the message was clear, it was ‘this is my country. This is not your country. I own this.’
And so until we’re ready to have that conversation, this is going to continue. What really is concerning to me as well is, it’s not just Democrats in Congress. I think there’s a large percentage of Americans, even some of my colleagues in journalism, who are invested in some way in pretending that this isn’t the threat that it is. That is the real concern. Because, you know, the Trump voters who are not going to get onboard with democracy, they’re a minority. You can marginalize them, long-term. But if we don’t take the threat seriously, then I think we’re all in really bad shape.