Chuck Todd Rips Harry Reid: ‘You Can’t Have Selective Billionaire Outrage’

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) sat down for an interview with NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd. In that interview, the majority leader was pressed about his campaign against the libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch and why his antipathy toward money in politics did not extend to casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Reid’s answer did not satisfy Todd who later accused him of having “selective billionaire outrage.”

“Are you really going to selectively decide, ‘Well, I like this billionaire because that billionaire agrees with my agenda, but I don’t like that billionaire and so billionaires are bad for politics,” Todd said in a critique of both parties. “You can’t have it both ways. You can’t have selective billionaire outrage.”

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MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell noted that Democrats have billionaire donors in the form of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer. “Either like them or not,” she said. “Either like money flooding into politics or not.”

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza observed. “If Sheldon Adelson lived in, let’s say, Connecticut, Harry Reid might feel differently about him,” he asserted. “If the Koch brothers were based in Nevada, I’m not sure that Harry Reid would be as negative about them as he is.”

Watch the clip below via MSNBC:

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