Joy-Ann Reid On How the Trump Presidency May Play Out

Steve Adubato goes one-on-one with with Joy-Ann Reid, political analyst and host of MSNBC’s "AM Joy," to talk about President-Elect Donald Trump, and how his four years in the White House might play out.

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"We owe it to the country to cover him with clear, open eyes. This isn't about access, or normalized, homogenized politics, or the pageantry of succession. We need to cover the next President with the same cynicism that the current President was treated to. And with the same zeal and skepticism and doggedness that we expended on, oh, I don't know, Hillary's emails. Given how unprecedented what is happening is, including his veiled, and not so veiled, threats against the First Amendment, maybe we need to cover him with more toughness and skepticism. You saw her right there. You're about to see her right here on camera in our studio here at the Tisch WNET Studio. She is Joy Ann Reid, the host of MSNBC's AM Joy, seen every... Joy, every Saturday from 10-12 noon on MSNBC. How you doing? I'm wonderful Steve. How are you? I'm doing great. We had you here, by the way, you are the author of this book. You mind if I...? Oh no. Not at all. [laughter] It's still relevant and interesting. Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide. Yeah, there might still be a bit of a divide in our country. A little bit. So we had you here in this studio talking about the election a while back. Mm hmm. We saw you right there, on your network. Talk to us about what you see as we move into 2017 when this show will be seen again. Where is the country? You know, it's interesting. One of the things that Fracture focused on was this sense of backlash that you had, both after... I mean we've had them in each of, what I call our, sort of, reconstruction periods, after the Civil War, you had this period of Reconstruction, and sort of attempts at racial reconciliation that resulted in a steep backlash, particularly by white southerners. Then you have LBJ happen. You have all these advancements in terms of civil rights around race, and then you have this tremendous backlash of something like thirty years, that eventually drives Democrats into the wilderness, and only Bill Clinton brings them back. And I think after the Obama years, there has been a similar backlash. You've had a lot of Americans see the last eight years as this wonderful, progressive moment. But you had other Americans see it as, sort of whisking away the country that they knew. These emphases on rights for African Americans, rights for LGBT Americans, on sort of new ideological ideas, multiculturalism, racial, and also religious, ecumenism, we're disturbing to a lot of Americans. And I think you've seen, both in Western Europe, and now in the United States, a tremendous backlash, a sort of ethnonationalist backlash..."