MSNBC host Joy Reid was forced to apologize on Sunday morning after she confused former Navy Secretary Richard Spencer with white supremacist Richard Spencer.
Reid issued to apology for her mistake during the same show and then posted the apology to her AM Joy Show twitter page, reading:
CORRECTION: Earlier on #AMJoy as we were talking about former Navy secretary Richard Spencer we mistakenly showed the wrong image of white supremacist Richard Spencer. We are very, deeply sorry for that mistake.
CORRECTION: Earlier on #AMJoy as we were talking about former Navy secretary Richard Spencer we mistakenly showed the wrong image of white supremacist Richard Spencer. We are very, deeply sorry for that mistake. pic.twitter.com/l3QW2lNP0b
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) December 1, 2019
The mistake she is referring to involved a graphic showing part of an Op-Ed in the Washington Post from former Navy Secretary Spencer titled “Richard Spencer: I was fired as Navy secretary. Here’s what I’ve learned because of it.”
The image also contained a piece of the article in which Spencer complained about President Trump’s decision to restore Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher to the rank of chief following his presidential pardon. In the background, though, was a giant picture of the out-spoken Hitler lover Richard Spencer.
For the purpose of comparison, here is a picture of the intended Navy Secretary Richard Spencer to show how huge of a mistake this actually was.
Richard Spencer (the Navy Secretary) was forced to resign by President Donald Trump after he openly tried to defy an order from his Commander-in-Chief to restore the rank of pardoned SEAL Gallagher.
After President Trump, who has absolute command over the U.S. military like all Presidents before him, restored Gallagher’s rank, Spencer organized a Navy tribunal to try and forcibly take the position away.
President Trump then tweeted an order to the U.S. Navy telling them not to strip Gallagher of his rank, which Spencer claimed was not an “official order” and refused to comply.