Former Senate minority leader Harry Reid gave what could be his final thoughts on President Donald Trump in a jarring and candid interview with the New York Times.
Reid, who is currently battling cancer, made a sweeping statement on Trump’s legacy in his executive role.
“I think he is without question the worst president we’ve ever had,” Reid told the New York Times. “We’ve had some bad ones, and there’s not even a close second to him.” The former Nevada senator added that “he’ll lie. He’ll cheat. You can’t reason with him.”
For Reid, it comes down to Trump’s character.
“Trump is an interesting person,” he said. “He is not immoral but is amoral. Amoral is when you shoot someone in the head, it doesn’t make a difference. No conscience.”
Democrats are currently struggling to reason with the president, who has the government in a partial shutdown over a battle on border wall funding. Negotiations are in the works, but Reid believes Trump doesn’t respond to them the same way the usual political does. “You can’t legislate when you have a chief executive who’s weird, for lack of a better description.”
Reid also expressed his disappointment in his former Republican colleagues for letting Trump bully them. “Why in the hell didn’t Sessions leave?” he said, referring to the former attorney general who was recently forced out by Trump after taking almost two years of insults from the president. “Same with Kelly. I’d say, ‘Go screw yourself.’ I could not look my children in the eye.”
Reid held back his bluntness when it came to talking about his former colleagues in the same party. On Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Reid’s, replacement, he said he only occasionally keeps in touch. But his relationship with likely soon-to-be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is much more solid. “I talk to Nancy often. I love Nancy Pelosi. We did so many good things, and we still talk about that.”
The New York Times reported that because of Reid’s cancer and current condition, he does not have much longer to live. But the reality of his mortality isn’t stopping Reid from being blunt and honest on his thoughts about the current administration.
“I disagree that Trump is a pessimist,” he said. “I think he’s a person who is oblivious to the real world.”