Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has "lost his political mind" in calling businessmen Charles and David Koch "un-American," said talk show host Joe Scarborough, saying it was an indication Democrats were out of ideas heading into the November midterm elections.
"If my party said, 'Hey, this year we're going to go after George Soros and that guy that's going to spend $100 million on global warming,' I would say my party is so devoid of ideas and is so disconnected from America, they deserve to get absolutely blasted," Scarborough, a former congressman from Florida, said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday. "Harry Reid's lost his political mind."
Scarborough wondered why Democrats allowed Reid to blast any American businessmen. If the situation were reversed, he said he would not have tolerated similar behavior from Republicans in Congress if they attacked billionaire liberal donor George Soros.
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"Can I ask what we would all be saying if Mitch McConnell called George Soros un-American from the Senate floor? If a Republican majority leader called George Soros un-American, I would be kicking him around this morning if he did that," Scarborough said.
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In a speech on the Senate floor in February, Reid blasted the Koch brothers, known for their philanthropy in medicine and the arts, in addition to donations to Republican political causes. Scarborough questioned whether the strategy would work for Democrats facing tough re-elections.
"Now he and the Democrats have decided the way they're going to win the midterm elections is not by spending money trying to get young people to sign up for Obamacare or bring jobs back to America. They're going to attack the Koch brothers. You think that's going to work?" Scarborough asked.
Scarborough suggested that many, including liberals, would disagree with Reid.
"There are a lot of liberals in New York City that appreciate what [the Koch brothers have] done on cancer research, that appreciate what they've done with the Lincoln Center. What they've done with the arts. What they've done in their lives," Scarborough said.
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