“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain. But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?… You guys have said his wealth is $250 million. Not a chance in the world. It’s a lot more than that. I mean, you do pretty well if you don’t pay taxes for 10 years when you’re making millions and millions of dollars.”
—-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in an interview with The Huffington Post. Reid’s source for the accusation that Romney “did not pay taxes for ten years” is a an individual he refuses to name, and thus one whose allegations cannot be checked or substantiated.
In the dirty, slimy world of politics, you can’t get much dirtier or slimier than Senator Reid. Richard Nixon would be proud of him; Joe McCarthy would applaud, Joseph Goebbels too, and every low-life, gutter-dwelling lie-monger who has used innuendo and rumor to smear candidates, opponents and strategically-chosen victims in between.
Reid is a leader of the Democratic Party, and the Party is accountable for his words. Fair Americans have been justifiably disgusted with the likes of Donald Trump, who has suggested that President Obama’s reluctance to release his scholastic records, and before that his birth certificate, were proof of something nefarious. Guilty until proven innocent—this is the secret ingredient of Big Lie politics, and that is what Reid, who really is beneath contempt here, is practicing. Reid makes Trump look fair and Newt Gingrich look moderate by comparison, and any Democrat, whatever they think of Mitt Romney, that doesn’t have the integrity to condemn this kind of abuse should be have himself fumigated.
If Reid has actual evidence that Mitt Romney is a tax cheat, for ten years or even to the more limited extent of the current Secretary of the Treasury, let him produce it. Mitt Romney choosing not to release his taxes is proof of nothing, except that he chooses not to do it, exactly like President Obama’s choice to wthhold his transcripts. If teh Senator has a real source who claims that Romney is a tax evader, let him come forward, or shut up about him. His current anecdotal and anonymous source has neither credibility nor reliability, if indeed he exists. I have no trust that he does exist, because a man, like Reid, who would stoop this low would stoop to anything, including lying about imaginary sources.
Here are some similar statements for the Majority Leader:
“Harry Reid is a serial killer! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain.”
“Harry Reid is a secret member of Al Qaeda! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain.”
“Harry Reid performs fellatio on goats! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain.”
All are as fair and justifiable as Reid’s Romney smear. And here is one more:
“Harry Reid is a disgrace to the U.S. Senate! Now, do I know that that’s true?”
I sure do.
Facts: Huffington Post
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