Harry Reid Under Fire for Saying He ‘Hopes’ GOP Hatred of Obama Is Not Because of Racism

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appeared on radio station KNPR on Friday and spent a good amount of time talking about unprecedented Republican obstruction in Congress. In response to a caller’s question about conservatives hoping for Obama’s failure at the outset, Reid brought up Mitch McConnell‘s one-term-for-Obama pledge, and said of Republicans opposing practically everything Obama does, “I hope that it’s based on substance, not the fact that he’s an African-American.”

Reid was quickly and roundly condemned, with a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee calling Reid’s comment “offensive & insane.” This comment comes on the heels of Democratic Senator Tom Harkin claiming that one of his Southern colleagues referred to Obama as “exotic.”

Reid was also strongly rebuked by Tim Scott, the sole African-American member of the Senate, for his insinuation:

Our country deserves more from those in Washington. I hope Senator Reid will realize the offensive nature of his remarks and apologize to those who disagree with the President’s policies because of one thing – they are hurting hardworking American families.

Listen to the audio below, via KNPR:


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