PHILADELPHIA — Harry Reid is going out swinging.
As he barnstorms his last convention as the top Senate Democrat, Reid heaped scorn on Alan Grayson, angry Bernie Sanders supporters and of course, Donald Trump.
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“He may have violated the law,” Reid said of Trump’s call for Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails. “He can have intelligence briefings, but I hope they are fake.”
Speaking to his Nevada delegation, which was beset by unrest at its Democratic Party convention this spring, Reid sharply repudiated two angry constituents who feel that Reid and the party have been working against them. Questioned by a supporter of ousted long-shot Nevada House candidate Jesse Sbaih, Reid responded bitingly when asked why he didn’t support him. Sbaih claimed that Reid opposed his candidacy because Sbaih is Muslim.
“I have no respect for Jesse Sbaih,” Reid said bluntly. “I’m glad he lost and I hope I had something to do with it.”
Then a Sanders delegate pointedly questioned Reid about whether he supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It was an odd exchange given that Reid has traditionally been one of the most aggressive opponents of massive trade deals.
The Nevada senator explained that as majority leader he refused to bring up legislation that allowed President Barack Obama to more easily negotiate trade deals — indicating he clearly did not support TPP.
But that wasn’t good enough: Reid was asked “yes or no” whether he supports the massive trade deal with Pacific Rim nations.
“If you don’t get that answer, you better go back to school,” Reid said to laughter from the crowd.
The delegate was furious at the Senate minority leader, replying that she “will not be dissed.” Several pro-Reid Nevadans told her to get out, and she left.
After addressing those grievances within the Nevada delegation, Reid then conducted a press conference where …