Joy Reid Gives Heartfelt Apology For Homophobic Blog Posts -VIDEO

“I’ve not been exempt from being dumb or cruel or hurtful to the very people I want to advocate for — I own that, I get it — and for that I’m truly sorry.”

I’ve been really torn on this story because I really like Joy Reid and I believe that she is a powerful voice in the progressive/liberal movement. But she screwed up. The homophobic blog posts are completely unacceptable. Her original claims that a hacker was responsible for her hateful posts didn’t hold up to scrutiny. I’m glad that she finally came clean and apologized on Saturday morning.

On her MSNBC show Morning Joy Saturday morning, Reid addressed the controversy right off the bat.

“Here’s what I know: I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things. But I can definitely understand based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past why some people don’t believe me,” she began.

“I’ve not been exempt from being dumb or cruel or hurtful to the very people I want to advocate for — I own that, I get it — and for that I’m truly sorry.”

Reid then admitted that it was unlikely that the offensive posts were written by someone else, as she initially implied. And she acknowledged that there was no proof of any hacking.

“When a friend found them in December and sent them to me, I was stunned,” Reid said. “Frankly, I couldn’t imagine where they’d come from or whose voice this was. The reality is they have not been able to prove it.”

Reid also apologized to the trans community and to Ann Coulter.

“I want to apologize to the trans community and to Ann. Those tweets were wrong and horrible,” she said.

“I’m heartbroken that I didn’t do better back then,” Reid added. “The reality is I have to own the things I’ve written and tweeted and said.”

I’m proud of Joy for owning up to her mistakes and apologizing. That’s a lot more than we ever get from the other side when they screw up. I believe that Joy was sincere Saturday morning. And I believe that she will do better.

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