Former Senate majority leader Harry Reid issued rare praise for President Donald Trump on Friday, calling him “smart” and hard to beat in a recent CNN appearance.
“I used to think that Donald Trump was not too smart. I certainly don’t believe that anymore. I don’t think he’s intellectually a powerhouse, but he is basically a very, very smart man. No matter what the subject, any argument he involves himself in, it’s on his terms.”
Reid said that Trump’s opponents should not be under illusion that he would be beaten easily.
Back in August this year, Reid warned that his party’s presidential candidates were taking far-left positions that were hurting their chances of beating Trump. He specifically pointed to “Medicare for all” and other potentially hazardous positions for them.
Reid was U.S. Senator from 1987-2017 and was the leader of the Democratic conference from 2005 to 2017. He retired in 2016 after an injury left him blind in one eye.
Harry Reid was condemned by Republicans accusing him on multiple occasions of unethical conduct. In 2012, he falsely claimed that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years. When his claim later proved to be false, Reid bragged that it did not matter because Romney “didn’t win.”
He also faced criticism for attacking private citizens from the Senate floor when he repeatedly ranted against the Koch brothers calling them “un-American” and “power-drunk billionaires.”
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