Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is on his way out.
Today was to be Reid’s farewell, as he prepares for retirement, but on the way out, he had a few words for incoming President Trump.
The Nevada Democrat specifically mentioned the president-elect’s decision not to pursue charges against Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic opponent in the presidential election, and his relaxed position on undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
“I have to say this — he’s not as bad as I thought he would be,” he said in an interview with NPR Thursday.
“Obviously he didn’t believe in all of the stuff he said — which is a step in the right direction.”
Reid said he does not hate Trump and hopes he does well as president.
“You know, it’s not as if Donald Trump and I have been enemies our whole lives — he’s done fundraisers for me. When I was elected last time he sent me a letter saying ‘you’re awesome’ — a handwritten note. … It’s not as if I have hate in my soul for Donald Trump,” he said.
Ok. The emphasis above is mine. I just wanted to make sure folks were clear that the lovefest is mutual.
“I hope, beyond all, that he does well. It’s important to the stability of this great nation we have. And I’m hopeful — I keep using that word, but that’s what it is — hopeful that he will lessen his rhetoric and work toward a safer, more productive America.”
And he’s not wrong. We all need to be hoping that Trump exceeds our expectations, in a good way.
It must be the thought of retirement that is softening Reid up. During the run up to the election, he wasn’t as charitable to Trump.
Reid was a vocal critic of Trump during the campaign, at one point calling him a “human leech” who would bleed the country while sitting at his golf resort “laughing at the money he has made.”
Trump went on to mock Reid’s eye injury with a snarky tweet (of course).
Still, it’s nice to hear a few conciliatory words to close out his career, rather than more of the same nastiness.