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Joy Reid: Trump Is ‘Demagoguing’ Laken Riley Murder

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Joy Reid said Republicans led by Donald Trump are attempting to use the murder of nursing student Laken Riley by an undocumented migrant to demagogue immigration and gain political control.

Reid noted Republicans have passed the Laken Riley Act requiring detention of migrants accused of burglary or theft, though such crimes are already illegal.

She questioned if the law changes anything substantive or is just political messaging.

Reid said, “We know that one of the ways that Donald Trump and Republicans are hoping to demagogue their way back into control of the White House and to hold on to control of the Senate, I mean, control of the House and gain control of the Senate, is the immigration issue.”

Reid added overall crime is down this year nationwide, and migrant crime is negligible.

She argued Republicans are demagoguing the tragedy to stoke immigration fears ahead of the midterms, as part of their strategy to take control of Congress.

She said, “And they have been truly demagoguing an issue of a Georgia young woman who was killed, a Georgia young nursing student named Laken Riley. They have now passed a law called the Laken Riley Act. All Republican members and 37 Democrats voted in the House to support the bill.”

“The legislation requires the detention of any migrant who’s been accused of burglary or theft. My understanding is that burglary and theft are already illegal. What does this law add to the current existing law? Is it just a messaging bill? Does it do anything or change anything?”

Reid added, “I will note for our audience that overall crime is down this year across this country, and migrant crime is negligible. Crime by migrants is negligible.”

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