Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Friday denounced President-elect Donald Trump for emboldening “the forces of hate and bigotry,” in a scathing reaction statement posted to his website.
Reid said Americans should avoid “normalizing a man who has threatened to tear families apart, who has bragged about sexually assaulting women and who has directed crowds of thousands to intimidate reporters and assault African Americans.”
Just because Trump won the electoral college does not mean the country should forgive the things he said during his campaign, Reid said.
“If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate,” the Nevada senator said.
If Trump wants to roll back the tide of hate he unleashed, he has a tremendous amount of work to do and he must begin immediately.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) November 11, 2016
Reid said he’s heard cases of minorities being targeted ever since Trump was elected Tuesday.
“I have heard more stories in the past 48 hours of Americans living in fear of their own government and their fellow Americans than I can remember hearing in five decades in politics,” Reid said.
At San Diego State University, for example, two suspects allegedly made comments about Trump to a Muslim student who was wearing a hijab, and then stole her purse, backpack and car keys.
Other incidents of hate crimes against people of color, immigrants, and Jewish people have been reported in New York, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
“White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump’s victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear – especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans. Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America.”