Despicable Harry Reid defends lie about Romney: ‘I did what was necessary’

Harry Reid lie RomneyOn Wednesday, Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat readers said is both evil and mentally unstable, defended his lie about Mitt Romney not paying taxes, saying he “sis what was necessary,” the Daily Caller reported.

According to the Daily Caller:

Reid was asked about those comments, which he made during a speech on the Senate floor, in response to call during a live interview on Las Vegas’ KNPR.

The caller asked Reid if he thought that “the brazen lie he told about Mitt Romney not pay his taxes has in anyway contributed to the fake news debate that we now find ourselves in.”

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Reid, who is leaving the Senate next month, denied the accusation. But he offered up a flimsy and fact-devoid defense of those 2012 claims.

“First of all, there were no brazen lies. What I said is the truth,” he maintained.

“There’s no brazen lies. I did what was necessary,” he said a few moments later.

Reid, the Daily Caller said, “did not reiterate his 2012 claim. Instead, he made a much less serious charge: that Romney had not been truthful about his taxes because he had refused to release all of his tax returns.”

“Mitt Romney refused and has still refused to show us his tax returns. He gave us the main part of two tax returns. This is when he was running for president. That is not a true sign of what he had done,” he added.

Chuck Ross noted:

This is not the first time that the Nevada Democrat has refused to acknowledge that his comments were baseless.

In an interview with CNN last year, he suggested that his statement was warranted because it was effective.

“Romney didn’t win, did he?” he told CNN’s Dana Bash.

And in an interview with The Washington Post in September, Reid said that lying about Romney’s taxes on the Senate floor was “one of the best things I’ve ever done.”

Earlier this month, Romney said that Reid’s departure would be good for the Senate.

“As for Mr. Reid, I lost respect for him when he repeatedly lied about my taxes and later admitted to it cheerily,” he said.  “Good riddance, Mr. Reid. The Senate will be better served without you in it.”


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