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MSNBC host Joy Reid tries to bash Trump over 'Soviet' wives — it backfires spectacularly

MSNBC host Joy Reid went after President Donald Trump's "Soviet" wives, but she ended up receiving a history lesson instead. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

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.

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:

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:

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.

One last thing…
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