The controversial host of MSNBC’s “AM Joy” on Sunday blamed President Donald Trump for what she said were Nazis “walking around” in the United States.
“What we’re kind of all getting to is Donald Trump — we were talking about this in the hair and makeup room as well — he produces a kind of anxiety in people that is so profound,” host Joy Reid said.
“It’s part of the reason people are obsessively watching this show and Rachel Maddow. It’s like Rachel Maddow is sort of their psychologist at this point,” she added.
“People are afraid of not just what he can do but what he’s bringing out in people. The kind of people he is surfacing in the United States. You have swatting happening and Nazis walking around. It is a scary time.”
Continuing, Reid claimed that “polling” indicates President Trump has increased the anxiety among Americans instead of making them feel more confident.
“Here is the anxiety level in 2018 versus 2019. People are more anxious,” she said “Do people feel safer after the strike on Iran? They feel less safe. Everything he does makes people feel worse.
“So do you think that redounds in particular to any particular candidate?” she asked writer Tony Schwartz.
“Let me start with the notion that energy is contagious. It’s disproportionately contagious when you have more influence. So the elevated nervous system of Trump, the anxiety of Trump gets communicated both to his supporters and to his antagonists,” he said.
President Trump’s approval ratings in a number of recent polls has been increasing, especially after Democrats in the House impeached him last month.