MSNBC's Joy Ann Reid: Trump Has "Christian Nationalist" View Of Israel, Foreign Policy

MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid said President-elect Donald Trump uses "Christian nationalist" language when he talks about his foreign policy and particularly when it comes to Israel. Reid said his call to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem echoes such thinking. "Trump is echoing that same sort of Christian nationalist line which puts us in a dangerous place when you also have this third piece which is his potential Israeli ambassador wanting to make provocative moves like moving the embassy to Jerusalem which could touch off a conflagration in the Muslim world," the MSNBCer said. From the Christmas 2016 edition of NBC's <i>Meet the Press</i>: <blockquote>CHUCK TODD, MEET THE PRESS: Joy, it's interesting that Hugh brings up Nixon because I think Nixon is a fascinating parallel to Trump because of just what he said. Ideologically neutral. You don't know always-- Yeah, Nixon would get talked into conservative causes. But could easily veer off into a populist realm just like Trump. JOY-ANN REID, MSNBC: Well, I think the problem though with Trump is because he's sort of an empty vessel, the danger in that is that the strong camps in Trump world are all troubling. So you've got Putinism which Trump feels in his own gut, as you can hear when he speaks, he's very pro-Putinite. So the idea of turning over sort of global leadership to Russia is troubling. The second piece is that Donald Trump is echoing this European sort of ethno nationalist line that the far right parties in Europe are. His language is not about specific countries that are our allies. It's about Christians versus Islam, this sort of eliminationist almost language which says that we are in a war of civilizations and embracing that, something George W. Bush never did. And I think even with all the mistakes George W. Bush made in foreign policy, he never did that. Trump is echoing that same sort of Christian nationalist line which puts us in a dangerous place when you also have this third piece which is his potential Israeli ambassador wanting to make provocative moves like moving the embassy to Jerusalem which could touch off a conflagration in the Muslim world. And I'm not sure Donald Trump knows his own mind enough to have a strategy to deal with an absolute crisis which he, himself, could provoke very soon.</blockquote>