Harry Reid: Donald Trump is “Amoral” and “the Worst President Ever!”

Dear Commons Community,

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blistered Donald Trump as “without question the worst president we’ve ever had” in a an interview published yesterday in the New York Times, his first since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year.  Here are two excerpts.

Reid commented : “Trump is an interesting person. He is not immoral but is amoral. Amoral is when you shoot someone in the head, it doesn’t make a difference. No conscience.” There was a hint of grudging respect in Reid’s tone, which he seemed to catch and correct. “I think he is without question the worst president we’ve ever had,” he said. “We’ve had some bad ones, and there’s not even a close second to him.” He added: “He’ll lie. He’ll cheat. You can’t reason with him.” Once more, a hint of wonder crept into his voice, as if he was describing a rogue beast on the loose in a jungle that Reid knows well…

The former F.B.I. director James Comey, after he was fired by Trump, compared Trump to the head of a mafia family, with its codes of silence and loyalty, its fear-based leadership style and fealty to a single godfather. “It’s not about anything else except the boss,” Comey said in a recent interview at the 92nd Street Y in New York. Others have drawn the same parallel, and I asked Reid if, given his unusually relevant professional experience in this area, it rang true. Reid expelled a quick and dismissive chuckle. “Organized crime is a business,” he told me, “and they are really good with what they do. But they are better off when things are predictable. In my opinion, they do not do well with chaos. And that’s what we have going with Trump.”

Reid was known as someone who did hold back in this criticisms of the people with whom he worked in Washington, D.C.  He surely did not hold back here.



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