Joy Reid: Kelly Attacked Wilson Because Of His ‘Segregated’ Upbringing

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Joy-Ann Reid lauded fellow MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell’s Thursday night segment in which he characterized White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly’s attack on Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson as the product of his “segregated” Irish Catholic upbringing.

O’Donnell’s opening monologue focused on Kelly’s spirited defense of President Donald Trump’s phone call to the widow of a fallen soldier during a Thursday afternoon press conference. Kelly bemoaned the loss of the once sacred aspects of American society while decrying Wilson’s decision to publicize the contents of the call and accuse Trump of disrespecting the widow.

O’Donnell conceded that Kelly displayed empathy during the press conference but said that his empathy was confined to people “like him.” O’Donnell pointed out that Kelly grew up in a segregated society in 1950s Boston and argued Kelly’s comments reflected this.

Reid endorsed O’Donnell’s suggestion that Kelly’s “dehumanized” Wilson in a racially motivated attack that he resorted to because of his upbringing in an Irish Catholic neighborhood in Boston.

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