Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., backpedaled on a statement he made to reporters Wednesday about “kind of pulling” for Trump in the Republican primary race.
Reid was asked at his weekly press briefing about remarks Trump made on Tuesday about being able to get along with Democrats like Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
During the interview on MSNBC, Trump said he had a “great relationship” with Reid, and added as president, “I think I’d be able to get along very well with Nancy Pelosi and just about everybody. Hey, look, I think I’ll be able to get along well with Chuck Schumer. I was always very good with Schumer. I was close to Schumer in many ways.”
“Oh, I remember the good old days, when he did a fundraiser or two for me,” Reid replied to the reporter’s question, as Senators Dick Durbin, D-Ill, and Schumer chuckled uncomfortably behind him.
“Look we’ve gotten along fine, that was before he was running for president,” the senate majority minority continued. “With that bunch of people running, I am kind of pulling for him.”
Schumer looked over at Durbin and said, “Oh my God.” The New Yorker is Reid’s likely successor, when the Nevadan leaves the senate at the end of this term.
Reid said later during press gathering, “All you folks should understand that I was just trying to be funny with Donald Trump, and obviously wasn’t too funny.”
“Schumer kicked me in the back of the leg,” Reid added.
“And a few other places,” Schumer chimed in.
“Since he launched his bid for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump has proven over-and-over again that he is a hateful demagogue, who would do immeasurable damage to our country, if elected,” the senate minority leader stated.
In an odd closing, Reid offered advice to American conservatives. “If Donald Trump should win the nomination to the Republican Party to run for president of the United States, the Republican Party will never recover from the damage he inflicts on conservatism,” Reid said.
h/t: The Hill