In the wake of the chaos and tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump condemned the violence on both sides.
Trump said, in part:
"Above all else, we must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion, or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country. We love our God. We love our flag.”
“We are proud of our country. We are proud of who we are. So we want to get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville, and we want to study it. And we want to see what we are doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen."
But he wasn't done.
On Monday, the commander in chief blasted racism and white supremacists. “And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans," said Trump.
But the president's critics don't appear to be convinced that he is against racism. During a panel discussion on “Morning Joe” Tuesday, an MSNBC analyst, Mike Barnacle, told Joy Reid that Trump failed to discuss what happened in Charlottesville in detail due to his “instinct.”
Reid took the comment as an opportunity to lay out her critical opinion of the president. First, Reid claimed that Trump didn't allow people like her to move into his buildings in New York.
Then Reid said:
"I was one of the few people in my friend group who wouldn't watch 'The Apprentice' because I saw him as a bigot years ago, he was a birther. The fact that, you know, he cultivated the alt-right, he brought them into the White House, Steve Bannon proclaimed on the record to a reporter that Breitbart is the home for the alt-right, that he wanted it to be that.
So the only thing that surprises me is that people are surprised. Donald Trump's instinct has always been to give, if not a consent and support to the alt-right, to at least give it a pass.
And for him to come immediately to try to equate the two, the counter-protesters and the Nazis, that they were both just two sides of a coin, it tells you who Donald Trump is. But you know what? This is who Donald Trump has been his whole public life."
Reid added that she doesn't expect to see Donald Trump meet the expectations that a president should. “He hasn't changed. So I think we should stop expecting Donald Trump to grow into the office.”