Since Tuesday, when Donald Trump sent the nation reeling with his win, Democrats have been looking to their party’s leaders, watching and waiting. This statement from Harry Reid is exactly what they have been waiting for.
The outgoing Nevada senator released his statement on Friday and it could not have been more perfect. He began by saying that he had “never seen anything like the reaction” to this week’s presidential election. He stated point blank that “Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America.”
“White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump’s victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear – especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans. Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America.”
“I have heard more stories in the past 48 hours of Americans living in fear of their own government and their fellow Americans than I can remember hearing in five decades in politics. Hispanic Americans who fear their families will be torn apart, African Americans being heckled on the street, Muslim Americans afraid to wear a headscarf, gay and lesbian couples having slurs hurled at them and feeling afraid to walk down the street holding hands. American children waking up in the middle of the night crying, terrified that Trump will take their parents away. Young girls unable to understand why a man who brags about sexually assaulting women has been elected president.”
Reid continued, speaking of the fear felt by his friends and family. His daughters and granddaughters, friends who are African-American, Asian, Hispanic, LGBT, Muslim, and Jewish, are all filled with fear he explained. “I’ve felt their tears and I’ve felt their fear,” Reid wrote.
“We as a nation must find a way to move forward without consigning those who Trump has threatened to the shadows. Their fear is entirely rational, because Donald Trump has talked openly about doing terrible things to them. Every news piece that breathlessly obsesses over inauguration preparations compounds their fear by normalizing a man who has threatened to tear families apart, who has bragged about sexually assaulting women and who has directed crowds of thousands to intimidate reporters and assault African Americans. Their fear is legitimate and we must refuse to let it fall through the cracks between the fluff pieces.
Reid then laid the responsibility of beginning the “healing” process squarely at the feet of Trump himself, who the senator described as “a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate.”
Boom! Reid just nailed it!
You read his full statement here:
In case you thought Harry Reid might be in a conciliatory mood … he is not. Trump ‘a sexual predator who lost the popular vote.’ pic.twitter.com/sek19yY4nr
— Mike DeBonis (@mikedebonis) November 11, 2016
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