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‘It’s My Show’: Joy Reid Spirals After Marathon Rant As Byron Donalds Attempts To Answer Her Question

MSNBC host Joy Reid went on a tirade during her show on Thursday, blasting Republican Rep. Byron Donald of Florida for nearly three minutes and preventing him from answering a question.

Reed appeared on “The Reed Out” to discuss comments he made during a speech at an event in Philadelphia, in which he commented that black marriage rates were higher during the Jim Crow era. Following a response to the backlash to his comments, Reed detailed a case during the Jim Crow era in which a black son and father were brutally attacked and killed over love letters to a white woman, and said the black man in that family “had no rights, he couldn’t protect his wife from rape, he couldn’t protect his son from lynching.” (RELATED: Black Republican Rep. Says ‘MSNBC is Using Him’ After Dismissing Joy Reid as Symbolic MAGA Tool)

“So why cite that period and say people should think having the whole family at home together was a good thing back then?” Reid asked.

“First of all, Joy, the story you’re talking about is a tragedy. It’s one of the great tragedies of the Jim Crow era. So that policy…” Donald began.

“I’m asking why you referenced that era,” Reid asked.

“They were unpleasant and unpleasant. All I was saying, Joy, was that the marriage rate was in the black,” Donald tried again.

“So what were the advantages of having a man in the family back then? Again, sorry for the long story short,” Reid interjected.

“Joy, can I talk or are you going to cut me off?” Donald asked.

“I’m sorry. No, no, can I just interrupt you? You’ve had plenty to say, Senator,” Reid pressed.

The two continued to go back and forth on the issue as Rep. Donald attempted to respond to questions and Rep. Reed pressed harder on the lawmaker.

“I’m trying to respond to a point that Joy made,” Donald said.

“You’re going to answer my question now. Not a filibuster. No, this is the question,” Reid said.

“Joy, I’m trying to answer. Can you let me? That’s what I’m trying to answer, Joy, but now you’re cutting me off,” Donald pointed out.

“That’s a question you have to answer, if you’re a black man,” Reed began.

“I’m trying to answer Joy, will you let me do that?” Donald asked.

“Just hold on a second. Take a breath. Take a breath,” Reid replied.

“You want me to do that?” Donald asked again.

“If I was black, I wouldn’t have been in favor of it,” Reed continued.

“I would love to do that. I would encourage everyone to do that,” Donald said.

“This is my show. If a black man, a black father, couldn’t protect his wife or his son or himself from a lynching or violence, how does the fact that he stayed home mean that it was a good time for black families or that we should think it was a good thing?” Reed asked.

“First of all, Joy, I never said Jim Crow laws were better for black people,” Donald responded. “I never said that. I put it in my own words. If we’re talking about the importance of black fathers in the home, or frankly the importance of all fathers in the home, having leadership is always for the betterment of the children. Yes, families can be successful if they have two fathers in the home for safety, for the economic needs of the children. That’s a great thing. We should always go back to that and not Jim Crow laws.”

“That’s the crux of the gaslighting and lying that’s going on with what I said,” he continued. “Don’t try to take the fact that marriage rates were better, higher, obviously higher during Jim Crow and try to imply that I thought Jim Crow was great. That’s a lie. That’s gaslighting. I would never say that. That’s why the Jim Crow era…”

“You cited Jim Crow laws. You brought that up. You’re the one who brought that up,” Reid interjected.

“All I was talking about was the American timeline. And now you’re trying to gaslight me just like everyone else. But Joy, I will not allow you to gaslight me or misuse my words. I will not allow it,” Donald argued.

Donald continued to defend his comments, appearing on CNN to claim he was taken out of context, and received significant backlash from Democratic leaders, including the Congressional Black Caucus and the House Minority Leader. Hakeem Jeffries, who called on lawmakers to apologize to black Americans, according to To Hill.