U.S. Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid — who rarely fails to remind an audience he was once a boxer — took the gloves off Wednesday. His targets: Donald Trump. And Mike Pence. And Mitch McConnell. And Republicans in general.
His first jab, in an afternoon interview with The Huffington Post, targeted Trump who’d earlier in the day asked the Russians to hack Clinton’s emails.
“How would the CIA and the other intelligence agencies brief this guy? How could they do that? I would suggest to the intelligence agencies, if you’re forced to brief this guy, don’t tell him anything, just fake it, because this man is dangerous. Fake it, pretend you’re doing a briefing, but you can’t give the guy any information.”
Then, during his convention address, Reid took on Trump and running mate Pence.
“Donald Trump and Mike Pence want to put insurance companies back in charge of your health,” he said. “Donald Trump and Mike Pence want to let big banks run wild again. And Donald Trump and Mike Pence want to gamble with your retirement benefits in the stock market. Republicans want to tear down the pillars of middle-class security. We won’t let that happen!”
And, finally, the majority leader unleashed a flurry on his Senate counterpart:
“I’ve never seen anything more craven than Mitch McConnell and what he has done to our democracy. His Republican Party decided that the answer to hard-working Americans’ dreams is to slander our African-American President, stoke fear of Muslims, sow hatred of Latinos, insult Asians, and, of course, wage war against women. In other words, the only thing Republicans, like Mitch McConnell, have accomplished is setting the stage for a hateful con man, Donald Trump.”