Seate minority leader Harry Reid blasted FBI Director James Comey on Thursday, calling him a “Republican operative”, accusing him of handing the election to Donald Trump.
“There is no question in mind, Hillary would’ve won this election without any problem if Comey had not been the Republican operative that he is … He came out against what the attorney general had recommended, against what common sense dictates. He is the reason she lost the election,” Reid told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
“Comey, he can be fat and happy in his office there for seven more years after having thrown the election to Donald Trump,” he added.
Reid’s comments reflect how a large number of Democrats have felt since the end of the campaign when James Comey shocked the political world by inserting himself into the presidential race. At the time, Clinton had a substantial polling lead over Trump, but the numbers quickly tightened after Comey released his letter and remained that way until the end of the campaign.
While many Democrats are striking a conciliatory tone following last week’s election, Reid – who is approaching retirement – is going out swinging.
Earlier this week, the Nevada senator took to the Senate floor twice to expressed outrage at the rising number of hate crimes that has taken place since Trump’s victory and urged Democrats not to normalize Trump and the racist platform on which he campaigned.
Harry Reid will be out of office soon, but he is showing Democrats exactly how to stand up to Donald Trump long after he’s gone.