In an op-ed published Thursday at the New York Times, outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat readers of the Conservative Firing Line agreed is both evil and mentally unstable, said that Democrats will decide what’s real and what’s fake.
“Much of the responsibility for separating what is real and what is fake will fall on Democrats. We should ask ourselves: Do the choices we make about how we spend our time keep us in touch with what we believe in, and what is real in our own lives?” he wrote.
Oh dear. That’s right. Harry Reid, Mr. Some Guy Told This Other Guy Who Knows My Cousin Who told My Barber That Romney Didn’t Pay His Taxes, actually wrote about separating truth from lies. How on earth did he type while maniacally cackling? Worse, he claims the Democrats would be responsible for it. Since, you know, they are so awesome at truth and such.
Reid naturally got mocked on Twitter:
Oh, sure! Like I'm going to let the Democrats decide what is and is not "real" news. https://t.co/JxeG5KUyJ6
— servative (@servative) December 8, 2016
Not the Onion: NYT commissioned Harry Reid–yes, Harry Reid–to write about distinguishing truth from lies.
Can't make this stuff up folks. https://t.co/7uMoXUnOdY
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) December 9, 2016
— Jeff Dunetz (@yidwithlid) December 9, 2016
You may recall that Reid claimed former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney had not paid any taxes for ten years. Of course, he offered no proof, telling reporters it was their job to prove him right.
“As we know, he has refused to release his tax returns. If a person coming before this body wanted to be a Cabinet officer, he couldn’t be if he had the same refusal Mitt Romney does about tax returns. So the word is out that he has not paid any taxes for 10 years. Let him prove he has paid taxes, because he has not,” he said on the floor of the Senate.
Politifact, hardly a member of the so-called “vast right-wing conspiracy,” noted:
Reid has said Romney paid no taxes for 10 years. It was no slip of the tongue. He repeated the claim on at least two more occasions, at one point saying that “the word is out” when in fact it was only Reid who put that “word” out.
Reid has produced no evidence to back up his claim other than attribution to a shadowy anonymous source. Romney has denied the claim, and tax experts back him up, saying that the nature of Romney’s investments in Bain make it highly unlikely he would have been able to avoid paying taxes altogether — especially for 10 years.
Reid has made an extreme claim with nothing solid to back it up. Pants on Fire!
Pants on Fire… Let that sink in for just a second. Then ask yourself, is this really what we want deciding what’s “real” and what’s “fake?”
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