Reid: DeSantis Pushing ‘Literal Government Thought Control’

Reid: DeSantis Pushing ‘Literal Government Thought Control’

February 17, 2023

Thursday on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, racist anchor Joy Reid claimed falsely that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is implementing “literal government thought control.”

Reid asked political panelist David Jolly, “What do you make of the fact he seems to be putting the whole weight of his appeal on attacking black people and brown immigrants and gay people and trans people?”

Fact check: Joy Reid’s show — indeed, her entire career — is based on smearing her political opponents as bigots. That’s all she has.

Jolly replied, “Ron DeSantis is tapping into the bloodstream of a party that wants to take America back 50 years.”

These are such cliched leftist talking points — although it is true that Republicans want to take America back 2 years, before the Biden administration ran the country off the rails.

He continued, “First and foremost, this is a group of people that believe reading a book can make you gay. Think about it. That’s their biggest concern. If you read a book, you might decide you’re gay. Secondly, qualitatively, their assessment is that if you’re LGBTQ, that somehow that’s wrong, that you’re not allowed to be, that somehow that’s an offense to society.”

Fact check: these are empty, straw man arguments. Jolly is skirting around the real, legitimate Republican concerns.

Reid said, “The thing that’s ironic about all of this, David, is that they think the solution to what they see as societal ills is big, big government. It’s the governor of Florida telling you specifically what books you can read. It’s the government deciding specifically what teachers can teach. It’s literal government thought control, and that’s what they accuse the left of, but they’re the ones saying, ‘No, no, no, don’t worry about it, parents. We got this. We’ll put the books into the hands of your children. Wipe them off the library shelves. We’re the librarian now.’”

Not one word of this is true. In fact, it is the Left that sees big, big government as the solution to societal ills. It is leftist educators that are telling parents “we’ve got this” and putting subversive, sexually explicit books in the hands of your children. It is the Left pushing thought control. Reid knows this and knows that her job is to conceal the truth by demonizing the truth-tellers.

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