Harry Reid took to the floor of the Senate Tuesday to lambaste the stupid people who elected Donald Trump president — via the Electoral College and not the popular vote as he accurately noted, though not much else he said was.
He then said the election of Trump has caused an outbreak of hate crimes, even though one of those turned out to be a hoax and another was committed by a couple of guys with long criminal records who said the other guy started it. Most of the rest were graffiti, waving of Confederate flags or disrespectful or hateful comments — upsetting perhaps, but hardly crimes.
Much of the rest of Reid’s comments were about people spontaneously expressing fears and anxiety about Trump. He called for Trump to heal the nation while he poured fuel on the fire.
Trump also criticized Republicans for blocking spending on infrastructure, even though Trump has repeatedly promised to spend money on infrastructure and even though past such spending has failed stimulate the economy.
Apparently every ugly comment can to lain on the head of Trump, but Reid has no responsibility for the rioters protesting Trump’s election.
He wants to hold Trump accountable but no Democrats. He says people are frightened because of Trump’s election. Who is fueling that fear?
Reid also accused one of Trump’s appointees of being a white nationalist, whatever that is.
Reid’s words were self-contradictory.
John Cornyn of Texas responded:
There is no excuse for some of the things Trump has said and there is ample reason to be leery of how he will behave as president, but Reid’s comments are counterproductive.