The 'Very Stable Genius' Attacked MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid on Twitter

Gabrielle Bruney
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From Esquire

Donald Trump started off his Saturday by rehashing one of the more bizarre descriptors he’s used for himself and attacking an MSNBC journalist, because at this point nothing quite says “welcome to the weekend” like a bizarre presidential tweet storm.


Trump initially dubbed himself a “very stable genius” in tweets from January of last year, in seeming response to reporters' questions concerning his mental fitness for his current job. It’s unclear just what reminded him of the remark Saturday, but he saw fit to tweet out the phrase once again.

The president followed by tweeting an attack on MSNBC host Joy Reid ahead of her Saturday morning show, AM Joy. "Who the hell is Joy-Ann Reid?," he wrote, before suggesting that he may, in fact, know who she is. "Never met her, she knows ZERO about me, has NO talent, and truly doesn’t have the 'it' factor needed for success in showbiz. Had a bad reputation, and now works for the Comcast/NBC losers making up phony stories about me. Low Ratings. Fake News!"

Reid served as guest host on All in With Chris Hayes Friday, and it’s possible that this was the broadcast that attracted Trump’s ire. During the show, Reid covered multiple Trump stories, including his recent speech at the House Republican retreat, which found him calling his vice president "Mike Pounce."

"Mike Pounce," joked Reid. "I don’t think I’ve heard of him."

The anchor is a longtime critic of the president—in July, she published a book about his rise called The Man Who Sold America. Trump has often expressed particular bile towards his critics who are women and people of color, and has dubbed Reid's fellow black cable news anchor Don Lemon “the dumbest man on television.” He’s also called California congresswoman Maxine Waters “an extraordinarily low IQ person.”

"Though there’s hardly anyone—from his predecessors to senators in his own party—he won’t try to shout down with ad hominem insults, Trump relishes, and injects venom into, verbal attacks against women of color," wrote White House correspondent April Ryan in The Washington Post last year. "He leaves little doubt about what he really thinks of us."

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