Political Editors / Nov. 11, 2016

Harry Reid’s Incredibly Nasty Parting Shot

Is there anyone who will miss that sourpuss?

In her concession speech, Hillary Clinton said, “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.” Barack Obama soon followed, encouraging us to “go forward, with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens — because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy.” He had just laid out a promise of helping Donald Trump with the transition.

Now, did either them mean these things? Let’s just say that’s doubtful. But Harry Reid is retiring from the Senate and he isn’t going to even pretend to play nice:

> I have personally been on the ballot in Nevada for 26 elections and I have never seen anything like the reaction to the election completed last Tuesday. The election of 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.

> [..]

> If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate. Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans. Donald Trump may not possess the capacity to assuage those fears, but he owes it to this nation to try.

Even in a moment when bitter foes are offering conciliatory words and trying to move on, Reid is offering nothing but poison. The only embolden hatred and bigotry we see, beyond the rioting leftists in cities around the country, is from Reid. Is there anyone who will miss that sourpuss?

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