U.S. Will Have Trouble Restoring Reputation after President Trump Leaves Office, MSNBC's Joy Reid Predicts

Political commentator Joy Reid appeared on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday and speculated that it would be hard for the U.S. to recover from a Trump presidency, regardless of who wins in 2020.

"Getting the world to believe again that we are the good people, the leader of the free world, the real democracy, the multi-cultural democracy — he's cratered it," the MSNBC host opined.

Reid said she based her opinions on interviews she had with subjects for her forthcoming book, The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story. The nonfiction read is hooked to the premise that Trump "sold Americans a vision that was seemingly at odds with their country's founding principles," according to the publisher, HarperCollins.

Reid said she believed Trump's trade war with China, and other controversial policies, will have rippling effects long after the president leaves the Oval Office.

"Do you think because, Kamala Harris is president people are going to be, 'Oh, we'll buy your soybeans' again?" Reid argued, referencing the ongoing fracas between China and the U.S. over the export. "No, they've already found other people to buy from. They don't just revert back. So, economically, a lot of the damage will be really really hard to undo."

At one point in the interview, the Harvard graduate and Maher discussed the specter of Trump refusing to leave office after he meets an election loss or term expiration—a topic Maher is seemingly fond of raising with his guests.

"I keep saying he never will [leave office]," Maher opined.

Reid concurred: "Now he keeps saying he never will. It's going to be very hard."

Trump himself stoked speculation on the topic after he tweeted a video that suggested he would lead the country for many election cycles to come. Created by Twitter user CarpeDonktum, the clip featured a doctored animation of Trump posters indicating a run in 2036, 2040 and so on.


— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019

The animation's reception was divided largely along party lines, with some interpreting it as a joke and others viewing it as a troubling rebuffing of constitutional term limits. (It's creator dismissed the latter camp in an interview with Newsweek, saying: "It's clearly a joke, and to the people who were saying that he would never leave office, I don't think you can interpret it any other way.")

Elsewhere in the Maher segment, comedian and writer Seth MacFarlane, author Max Brooks and essayist Adam Gopnik discussed Twitter's changing policies and the proliferation of fake news on social media.

Watch the full clip in the video above.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a 'Make America Great Again' campaign rally at Williamsport Regional Airport, May 20, 2019 in Montoursville, Pennsylvania. Trump is making a trip to the swing state to drum up Republican support on the eve of a special election in Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district, with Republican Fred Keller facing off against Democrat Marc Friedenberg. Drew Angerer/Getty Images