MSNBC host Joy Reid apologized on Saturday for her past comments about the LGBT community, but the liberal commentator was still reticent to admit she'd written old blog posts attributed to her.
"Here's what I know, I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me but I can definitely understand based on things I have tweeted and I have written in the past why some people don't believe me," Reid said at the top of her show "AM Joy." "I have not been exempt from being dumb or cruel or hurtful to the very people I want to advocate for. I own that. I get it. And for that I am truly, truly sorry."
The progressive host's alleged past posts from a defunct personal blog, which contain language critical of gay marriage and claims homosexual men prey on “impressionable teens,” led to a social-media backlash against the host, who hired cybersecurity experts to investigate whether the blog archives had been manipulated.
POLITICO previously reported that the network forwarded a statement from a "cyber-security expert” hired by Reid, who supported the host's claim that the posts on her former The Reid Report blog had been manipulated. On Saturday, Reid backtracked from that claim.
While still refusing to accept the past posts were written by her, Reid did apologize for a handful of old tweets in which she attacked conservative commentator Ann Coulter with transgender stereotypes, calling Coulter a "dude" and saying that she "liked my drag queens fierce."
"I apologize to my friends and I want to apologize to the trans community and to Anne. Those tweets were wrong and horrible," Reid said on Saturday. "I look back at the ways I talked about people and gender identity and sexual orientation and I wonder who that even was, but the reality is like a lot of people in this country that person was me."
Attributing her past statements to her previous "conservative views on LGBT issues," Reid said that some of her close friends growing up later came out as gay, but were initially hesitant to tell her based on how she might react. Recalling a friend from college, Reid said he told her that he was gay to which she remembers having a "knee jerk reaction" that it was "so disappointing to the women he could have married." Reid said that her reaction caused her unnamed friend not to speak to her for months.
In concluding her statement, Reid said she is still growing and that she was not then aware of the "great people" in the LGBT community and stressed that she "likes to think I've gotten better over time."
"Even a decade ago when the country was in a very different place but I cannot take any of that back," she said. "I can only say that the person I am now is not the person I was then."