MSNBC host Joy Reid took to Twitter Friday afternoon to attack President Donald Trump for his "Soviet" wives, but it backfired after she made several factual errors about Trump's current wife and one of his former wives.
"Donald Trump married one American (his second wife) and two women from what used to be Soviet Yugoslavia: Ivana-Slovakia, Melania-Slovenia," Reid tweeted.
Donald Trump married one American (his second wife) and two women from what used to be Soviet Yugoslavia: Ivana-Slovakia, Melania-Slovenia.— Joy Reid (@Joy Reid)1500650471.0
It's not immediately clear what prompted Reid's tweet, nor is the reason for the tweet clear. However, Reid has used much of her MSNBC show to discuss the ongoing FBI investigation into Russian interference in last year's election and allegations that Trump's presidential campaign "colluded" with Russian operatives.
Conceivably, Reid tweeted her "facts" about Trump's wife and previous two wives to further provide an apparent connection to Russia via the former Soviet Union, which was dissolved in 1991. However, Reid got several of her facts wrong.
First, Reid claimed that Trump's first wife Ivana — who is also mother to Trump's first three children —
is from Slovakia. However, Ivana was actually born in Czechoslovakia in 1949.
Reid admitted her mistake when it was pointed out by someone on Twitter:
@Charta_77 Right- correction. Ivana is from Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic.) Good catch.— Joy Reid (@Joy Reid)1500651055.0
Then Reid incorrectly claimed that Yugoslavia was Soviet. While the then-Eastern European country was indeed communist, Yugoslavia was never part of the Soviet bloc and therefore not a member of the U.S.S.R. That fact alone discredits Reid's claims that first lady Melania Trump or Ivana are Soviet, considering that neither of their home countries were ever members of the U.S.S.R.
People were quick to point this out:
Czechoslovakia was in the Warsaw Pact (not in the USSR). Yugoslavia was not, & famously had on-off relations with the Soviets.— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) July 21, 2017
Overlooking Joy Reid's ignorance about the USSR, how did she confuse Slovakia with Yugoslavia? Czechoslovakia has "Slovakia" in its name...— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) July 21, 2017
1 Ivana was Czech no Slovak 2 Slovakia was not in Yugoslavia 3 neither Czechoslovakia nor Yugoslavia were part of USSR. Otherwise correct.— derek sayer (@coastsofbohemia) July 21, 2017
Sorry, but what is Soviet Yugoslavia? You do know that Yugoslavia had poor relations with USSR? Yugoslavia was not in the Eastern block.— Vlastimir Stevanovic (@vlstastevanovic) July 22, 2017
You do know that Communist (not Soviet) Yugoslavia was deeply at odds with the Soviet Union, don't you?— Chris Floyd (@empireburlesque) July 22, 2017
Facts that Reid did correctly state: the fact that Trump's second wife, Marla Maples, is American. She is from the southern U.S. state of Georgia. Also, Melania is from Slovenia, though again, it was never Soviet.