Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) suggested during an interview with a Nevada radio station last week that GOP opposition to President Obama may be motivated by racism.
My counterpart, Mitch McConnell, said at the the beginning of the presidency of Barack Obama that he had one goal – and that is to defeat Obama and make sure he wasn’t re-elected. And that’s how they legislate in the Senate. It was really bad.
And we’re now seven months into this second term of the president’s and they haven’t changed much. It’s been obvious that they’re doing everything they can to make him fail. And I hope, I hope – and I say this seriously – I hope that’s based on substance and not the fact that he’s African-American.
Here’s the recording, courtesy of Mediate:
Democrats routinely accuse Republicans of having ruined bipartisanship in Congress, but Reid’s comments suggest the contempt many Democrats hold for their peers across the aisle.
Reid’s statement is reminiscent of remarks made by Vice President Biden during the 2012 campaign, when he said Republicans want to put African Americans back in “chains.”