The entire political and journalistic world went insane a few months ago when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
In fact, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) referred to Trump’s statement as “vile” and “hateful.”
It turns out however, that Reid has proposed a ban of his own for Muslims, telling one particular Muslim politician that he should not run for office because “a Muslim cannot win.”
So you’re saying if a Muslim can’t win, then none of them should bother running, right Mr. Reid?
Surely the media reacted by labeling Reid a racist or Islamophobe. Just kidding, you probably actually didn’t hear a peep about it.
Via the Washington Post:
A Muslim Democrat running for a U.S. House seat in Nevada says that — in a private meeting last year — Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) had encouraged him to end his campaign by saying, “a Muslim cannot win this race.”
“He said, ‘You should not run for this office,’” said Jesse Sbaih, an immigrant from Jordan who is now a trial lawyer. This race for the House, in a district that includes a swath of suburban Las Vegas, is his first run for political office.A spokeswoman for Reid, however, denied that Reid had said those words.
America Rising PAC counters that by saying “emails and text messages released to the Post by Sbaih document him expressing his anger shortly after the meeting, and top Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston confirmed that the issue of Sbaih’s religion was on the table.”Ralston wrote, “I’ve confirmed that Sbaih’s religion did come up in conversations as a potential avenue of attack from opponents, but the Henderson lawyer insists Reid went further, saying to him, “Let me blunt. You are not going to be able to win because you are a Muslim.
Democrat Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently claimed to be concerned with “offensive” and “dangerous” rhetoric surrounding Muslims, but she has yet to comment or condemn these reported comments by Reid.Reid has a history of making offensive remarks that would have sunk any Republican had they said them. He got caught making a joke about “keeping my Wongs straight” and stereotyping Asians when addressing a predominantly Asian audience. He referred to Obama as being “light skinned” and being able to speak “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
Here’s Reid demanding that GOP leaders denounce the racist, xenophobic ‘rhetoric’ coming from Donald Trump …
We’ll anxiously await Democrat leaders denouncing Reid for his comments.
Cross-posted at The Political Insider