MSNBC Calls GOP Ebola Criticism ‘Not Even Thinly-Veiled Racism’ [VIDEO]

Alex Griswold Media Reporter
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Want a selective travel ban? Think the Mexican border should be secured? Turns out you’re not concerned about the spread of Ebola, you’re actually a really horrible bigot. At least, that was the stance of MSNBC hosts Alex Wagner and Joy Reid. The host of “Now with Alex Wagner” played clips of Republican lawmakers and conservative commentators criticizing President Obama and the CDC’s handling of the Ebola crisis, accusing them of “not even thinly-veiled racism.”

“That stuff is incredible,” Wagner said, referring to criticisms from Republican lawmakers, Glenn Beck, and Bill O’Reilly. “He is their president, Joy. I mean, it’s not even thinly veiled racism at this point.” (RELATED: Worried About Ebola? Then You’re A RACIST!)

Reid agreed: “No, and I’m glad you called it a racial stew because it is kinda like the perfect storm. You have an African, God forbid, flies into the United States and you have all of these sort of issues of immigration sort of thrown into it.”

Reid took particular chagrin at Representative Marsha Blackburn bringing up the lack of border security during Thursday’s Congressional hearing on Ebola. “I couldn’t believe that Marsha Blackburn brought the border into it because I hate to tell you, the planes don’t walk over the border with the Guatemalan children, they fly into the airport.”

She also hated O’Reilly’s suggestion of a travel ban. “Of course somehow the Obama administration should have in the plane and picked out all of the African nationals to make sure they couldn’t get in. You know what? The Obama administration had nothing to do with [Thomas Eric Duncan] coming here. He came here to visit his family and his fiancée.”

[h/t Breitbart]

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