#UK Capitol Hill Buzz: Harry Reid has strong words for GOP

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. expresses his frustration with the Republican leadership during a news conference following a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is heading into retirement next year. Before he goes he has some strong words for Republicans.

In a floor speech Wednesday, the Nevada lawmaker accused Republicans of “running on a platform of hate.” He said that the party and its candidates “demagogue women” and direct “insults and slander” at Muslim-Americans, immigrants, and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Reid directed his criticism at the party in general and at the GOP’s presidential candidates, citing comments by Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and others to accuse them of disparaging immigrants and minorities.

“The simple fact is that Republicans are running on a platform of hate,” Reid charged. “Every Republican who fails to speak out against the hateful, dangerous rhetoric being spewed by their party is complicit. For the moral character of our nation we must demand that Republicans return to the values on which our country was founded.”

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