Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) slammed Donald Trump today for mocking his eye injury after the senator said the GOP nominee wasn’t in any position to take jabs at Hillary Clinton’s health.
After a closed policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Reid told reporters they had “magnified the problems that [Clinton] has.”
“Take a look at this character that’s running for president. He complains about her health. What does he do? He’s 70 years old. He’s not slim and trim. He brags about eating faster every day. Look at his health a little bit,” Reid said.
In a Washington Post interview published Thursday, Trump shot back, “Harry Reid? I think he should go back and start working out again with his rubber work-out pieces.”
Reid broke ribs and some facial bones in what the senator said was an accident involving an exercise band at his home. The majority leader has not regained vision in one eye.
In a sit-down with CNN today, Reid called Trump “such a phony.”
“He is one of the most unbelievably immoral people I have ever heard deal with politics. Here’s a man who attacks people of color, women, people’s sexual identity, people who are handicapped. What kind of a man would do this? … Everybody thinks this is directed toward somebody else. But it’s directed toward us,” Reid said.
“For example, he now makes fun of the fact that I’m blind in one eye. I’m blind in one eye, OK? I got that. But I can still see with my good eye. What an absolute fraud this man is, who wants to be president of the United States.”
The senator acknowledged he has “had some altercations with a lot of people but they’re all big shots, presidents, senators, governors — I don’t attack the little people.”
“And that’s what he loves to do. Whether it’s because of someone’s color, sexual identity, because they’re a handicapped, because they’re smarter than he is, he goes after people who can’t defend themselves. And I always, always try to go after people who can defend themselves,” Reid added.
He said Trump delving into Obama’s birth certificate was “of course” racially motivated, but when asked if Trump was a racist, he replied, “I don’t know.”
“You make that decision. I’m not going to,” Reid said. “I’m just telling you what he’s done and we’ve seen it. He’s a man of no morality.”
The senator told the CNN reporter that Trump has been rising in polls “because people like the ones you work for get these cheap polls that they can keep making news on.”
“Donald Trump will never be elected president of the United States. I have an obligation to tell everyone that will listen to me to make sure they understand that he is not a person of quality. He’s a — he’s a bully. He’s an egomaniac. He was born into wealth. He was born into wealth. He’s lived in those mansions his whole life. He does not have any concept of what it is to have to work for a living,” he said.
“…And I don’t buy your silliness with $500 polls you go out and buy overnight. I don’t believe them. They’re not right. They’re incorrect. You only do them to generate news. Donald Trump is a fraud.”