In an interview with CNN, the 79-year-old former Nevada senator who left office in 2017, held nothing back in his critique of Trump.
“I just have trouble accepting him as a person,” Reid said. “So frankly, I don’t see anything he is doing right.”
Reid was also a huge critic of President George W. Bush. But in reaction to Trump, he said, “In hindsight, I wish every day for a George Bush again. There’s no question in my mind that George Bush would be Babe Ruth in this league that he’s in with Donald Trump in the league. Donald Trump wouldn’t make the team.”
Trump clapped back on Twitter with a very on-brand response.
“Former Senator Harry Reid (he got thrown out) is working hard to put a good spin on his failed career,” Trump tweeted. “He led through lies and deception, only to be replaced by another beauty, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer. Some things just never change!”
Monday wasn’t the first time Reid has been deeply critical of Trump.
“He is not immoral but is amoral,” Reid said of Trump last month. “Amoral is when you shoot someone in the head, it doesn’t make a difference. No conscience.” He added, “I think he is without question the worst president we’ve ever had. We’ve had some bad ones, and there’s not even a close second to him. He’ll lie. He’ll cheat. You can’t reason with him.”
That all but echoed what Reid said on the Senate floor in September 2016: “Virtually every time Donald Trump says or does something discriminatory — and that’s often — the media relies upon a catalog of buzzwords to describe his actions. The press uses words like hateful, intolerant, bigot, extremist, prejudice, to name but a few. Yet there’s always one word that many of the press conspicuously avoid: racist. They never label Trump as a racist. But he is a racist. Donald Trump is a racist.”
Reid has had his own issues with race. In 2010, the book “Game Change” made some damning revelations about him.
“He [Reid] was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,'” the book read in part. Reid apologized for the comment.