Former Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) just called President Trump a smart man, but he’s not exactly complimenting him and no one–Democrats or Republicans–are happy with his comments.
Senator Reid was once referred to as the “weakest, least successful Majority Leader in recent Senate history.” But because he changed his mind about President Trump and offered up some anti-Trump sentiment, all of the mainstream media whorebags are wheeling out the 79 year old retiree to make the rounds on TV.
Senator Reid’s observation of President Trump was uncharacteristically incisive: “I don’t think he’s intellectually a powerhouse, but I think he’s basically a very, very smart man. No matter what the subject, any argument he involves himself in, it’s on his terms. You’re always arguing against him.” He warned Democratic candidates not to underestimate Trump going forward.
However, in the hallowed tradition of Democrats’ getting most things about half right, Senator Reid stuck to Democrat talking points. He praised Republican Senator Mitt Romney for his disloyal criticisms of President Trump. “We have these Republicans that are afraid to speak out against the things he does that are absolutely wrong and they know they are wrong,” he whined.
Senator Romney probably spit out his coffee when he read Harry Reid’s praise of him. It was Reid’s passive-aggressive support of the false charges that Romney paid no taxes for 10 years that helped torpedo Romney’s campaign for president. In the new Democrat tradition of guilty until proven innocent, Reid snarked, “Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn’t.”
When asked about that comment on CNN, Reid, whose attacks were characterized as untrue and unfair—i.e., McCarthyite—responded, “Well, they can call it whatever they want. Romney didn’t win, did he?”
Which, coincidently, perfectly illustrates the Democrats strategy for defeating their Republican challengers. Lie about them, get the media to help you, never apologize for the false statements, then gloat about winning.
President Trump sent out a tongue-in-cheek tweet following Reid’s praise: “Former Democrat Senator Harry Reid just stated that Donald Trump is very smart, much more popular than people think, is underestimated, and will be hard to beat in the 2020 Election…Thank you Harry, I agree!?”
Actually, President Trump and the Republicans do have one big reason to thank Harry Reid. Hoping to fast-track future Democrat cabinet and lower court appointees, Reid maneuvered the Senate to drop the 60-vote filibuster rule. Republican Mitch McConnell remarked at the time that Reid and his cronies would live to regret that maneuver sooner than they might expect. And that’s exactly what’s happened as President Trump has repopulated the lower federal courts with more constitutionally conservative judges. Liberals are losing ground in the world of judicial activism.
Self-delusion notwithstanding, Senator Reid cannot deny the stark reality that is the foundation of President Trump’s power: “[Trump]” said Reid, “is a man who has a stalwart 40 percent of people out there who will vote for him no matter what he does. As Donald Trump said, ‘I could shoot somebody in Times Square, they would still support me.’ That’s sad, but probably true.”
The other truth is that, despite skewed polls, which rely on unbalanced sampling, Donald Trump can use that devoted 40 percent and combine that with an increased minority support as well as independents to make old Harry’s warning a reality.