The US national correspondent at MSNBC, Joy Reid, apparently believes that modern Russia is a communist state and shares the information with her followers on social media, although it has been more than twenty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
On Friday Joy Reid published a series of tweets in which she noted how the current GOP candidate's strong personality made pro-Russian sentiments normal ‘in the party of Reagan', the man who took a strong stand against communism around the globe. Only, Russia isn't communist anymore, and Reid apparently missed the news.
"For most Americans it's shocking to see an American presidential candidate openly touting authoritarian, communist Russia," one of her tweets read, while in another Reid referred to the President of Russia as "Comrade Vladimir".
BTW Trump isn't the first pro-Putin Republican. His pal Rudy and other GOPers have praised Comrade Vladimir over President Obama for years.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 9, 2016
That said, for most Americans it's shocking to see an American presidential candidate openly touting authoritarian, communist Russia…— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 9, 2016
Twitter immediately exploded with posts either mocking Reid's choice of words or directly accusing the correspondent of intentionally using anachronisms to demonize Russia.
Gary Johnson's knowledge about Syria vastly outpaces Joy Reid's understanding of Russia— Lee Fang (@lhfang) September 9, 2016
@JoyAnnReid you do realize formal communism in Russia ended in 1991, right?— ryan cooper (@ryanlcooper) September 9, 2016
To smear critics of Democrats, an MSNBC host claimed Russia was "communist" & still hasn't corrected/deleted that https://t.co/Mn2XMEteO3— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 10, 2016
Russia communist??— Bert Bervoets (@BertBervoets) September 10, 2016
This nerd has 277.560 followers…
(Joy Reid, is a national correspondent at MSNBC) https://t.co/1NToyKlhxW
Did Joy Reid delete her tweet where she called Russia a "communist" country yet?— WillMenaker🐧BioPark (@willmenaker) September 9, 2016
Normalization with Russia has been part of Trump's campaign since the beginning, and the Republican candidate repeatedly said it would be one of the key elements for his presidency.