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'I'm Pretty Damn Worried' About Trump Winning Again: Dem Ex-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

For decent Americans, Harry Reid rarely has a welcome word.

The Democratic former Senate majority leader was part of the triumvirate of power during the first two disastrous years of the Barack Obama presidency (along with then- and future-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) who gave the country Obamacare, “cash for clunkers” and the non-existent recovery from the 2008 financial crisis.

But in an interview published by The Daily Beast on Tuesday, Reid actually had something to say that Americans might like to hear:

He thinks President Donald Trump has a good shot at winning re-election.

“I’m pretty damn worried,” Reid told the website in an interview that took place last week.

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“Anybody that thinks he’s going to be beaten easily is wrong. As sad as it is. As hard as it is for me to say this: Don’t count that man out.”

Now, Reid is hardly a man to be taken at his word. A practitioner of slimeball politics from way back, he might best be remembered for using the floor of the Senate to smear 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a tax dodger.

In 2015, Reid admitted every word he said about Romney’s taxes was a lie and aimed solely at damaging him during the campaign, according to The Washington Post.

As he told CNN’s Dana Bash in an interview: “Romney didn’t win, did he?”

So, clearly, Reid’s relationship with the truth is not exactly a close one.

That makes his admission to a sympathetic website like The Daily Beast so interesting and — to Trump supporters — welcome.

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Reid took over as majority leader for the last two years of the George W. Bush presidency. He held the post until Republicans took back the Senate for the last two years of the Obama presidency.

Do you believe Harry Reid this time?

He has seen his party’s highs, and, thanks to the ripple effects of the odious Obama years, he has seen its lows. (Democrats lost more than 1,000 elected offices nationwide during his presidency, as Legal Insurrection reported in 2016.)

And now Reid is seeing Trump as difficult to beat?

That’s a rare word from Harry Reid that a Republican would welcome.

If nothing else, we know this time it’s the truth.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.
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