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Tue Jun 14, 2016, 11:48 AM

Reid Rips Trump's Response To Orlando: ‘Level Of Hate Is Not Comprehensible’

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ByAllegra KirklandPublishedJune 14, 2016, 10:59 AM EDT

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Tuesday called on Republicans to renounce their support for Donald Trump, saying he exploited this weekend's mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando as an excuse to foment hatred towards immigrants and Muslim Americans.

“Donald Trump proved that he is a terrible leader, as he is a terrible businessman,” Reid said in an address from the Senate floor. “Trump proved he is not the person to lead our nation through difficult times, or in fact any time. Trump failed the most important of tests for a presidential candidate: How to respond in a crisis when our citizens are under attack.”

In a speech Monday laying out his response to the Orlando shooting, Trump reiterated his call for a ban on Muslim immigrants and charged that “political correctness” was crippling the US response to potential terrorist attacks. The presumptive GOP nominee also suggested that President Barack Obama may be cooperating with jihadi extremists, telling Fox News, “There’s something going on.” In the same Fox interview, Trump alleged that American Muslims are aware of potential terrorists in their communities but are either afraid or unwilling to come forward.

“How do you look your son or daughter in the eye and explain that a man running for president is telling your classmates to be suspicious of you, to doubt your loyalty to this country based upon your religion?” Reid asked. “Solely on your religion, purely on your religion. You can't explain it. I can't explain it. It's not possible to explain.”

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Response to BootinUp (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 12:48 PM

1. give 'em hell, harry!

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Response to BootinUp (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 01:51 PM

2. Actually, not difficult to explain what Trump said

He's exploiting a tragedy to further his political ambitions by manipulating the deepest fears and worst instincts of the voting public.

The extent to which he succeeds is the extent to which the American people have been poisoned by the decades of ignorant and hateful propaganda spewed by Fox news and rightwing talk radio.

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Tue Jun 14, 2016, 02:18 PM

3. Republican leaders need to speak up before it's too late

GOP leaders are thinking only about is holding onto power. If any of them had a semblance of conscience or decency, they would speak up now.

In reality, we know they will all get under their desks, bite their tongues and hope they survive. What they are refusing to deal with is the survival of the last bits of democracy that are still left in America.

GOP leaders need to be reminded of the "First they came for ..." quote. They may think they're immune to whatever horrors may befall this country should Trump become president.

One can only wonder how many people, who still had consciences, woke up to the truth back when "showers" turned out to be gas chambers? (Yeah, I know: "It can't happen here."

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