Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid — her legal name — tweeted out a comically misleading statement on Florida governor Ron DeSantis’ proposed civilian-led, federally recognized assistance program; inspiring comedian Sarah Silverman to press Reid, followed by 2 million Twitter users, about her decision to deliberately send out the fake lede.
In the tweet, Reid insinuated that Governor DeSantis was starting a band of militiamen to police the state into a fate worse than California — a group called the Florida State Guard.
“So… y’all know this is fascisty [sic] bananas, right… ,” tweeted Reid, including a CNN article that read, “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to reestablish a World War II-era civilian military force that he, not the Pentagon, would control.”
Her message detracted from the organization’s actual purpose: a collection of civilians available to prep for and assist in times of natural disasters.
Silverman responded to Reid, advising, “Please read the article before you post this stuff you’re a news outlet. The truth has to matter.”
During a press session Thursday, DeSantis spoke on the potential Florida State Guard and elucidated the $3.5 million plan as “flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible.” Florida would be the 23rd state to implement this coalition.
“The $3.5 million to establish the Florida State Guard will enable civilians to be trained in the best emergency response techniques,” added an official press release. “By establishing the Florida State Guard, Florida will become the 23rd state with a state guard recognized by the federal government.”
Some of Reid’s followers chimed in on the conversation, taking the MSNBC anchor’s side and reminding Silverman that Reid is infallible to dishonest opinions due to her Harvard credentials.
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