MSNBC's Joy Reid addresses Nicki Minaj dustup, admits her own vaccine hesitancy under Trump

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MSNBC host Joy Reid addressed her viral spat with rapper superstar Nicki Minaj for expressing hesitancy over the coronavirus vaccine.
On Monday, Reid scolded Minaj for her tweets expressing skepticism of the vaccine to her nearly 23 million Twitter followers, which prompted a fiery response from the hip-hop artist.

The next day, Reid attempted to lower the temperature and pivot towards a "teachable moment."

THE BREAKFAST CLUB HITS JOY REID FOR VACCINE-SCOLDING NICKI MINAJ, INVOKES MSNBC HOST'S OWN SKEPTICISM UNDER TRUMP

"Essentially, she made public her own vaccine deliberation, which according to trusted friends is a better way to describe vaccine hesitancy, which by the way is not the same thing as refusal," Reid told her viewers on Tuesday. "But by doing, Nicki also used her social media platform and her 22 million Twitter followers to cast doubt on the vaccine to a heavily Black audience. Needless to say, both my comments and her series of infuriated responses went viral. Clearly, Nicki was not amused, but that's okay. I feel like every moment is a teachable moment. And this might be the one that illustrates on Twitter in public how hard it is for us to talk to each other on these two sides of the 'get the vaccine,' 'don't get the vaccine' aisle."

Reid acknowledged the "frustration" among the vaccinated and the "anger" among the unvaccinated, but stressed that Black Americans "are not the problem" when it comes to the holdouts, placing blame on Republicans who've refused to get vaccinated…
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