KONFRONTASI - US Senate Democratic leader has slammed Republican lawmakers in Congress for Donald Trump's rise to the party’s leading presidential candidate, describing the frontrunner as a “monster.”
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid made the remarks on Wednesday while addressing other lawmakers a day after the real estate mogul won the Super Tuesday primary contests in 7 out of 11 states.
Trump emerged as the winner of Republican contests in Arkansas, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Massachusetts, Vermont and Tennessee on Tuesday consolidating his position at the top of the GOP field.
"Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s Frankenstein," Reid said. "Republicans have spent the past eight years stoking the fires of resentment and hatred, building Trump piece by piece."
The Senator from Nevada state suggested that Republicans are now "reaping what they have sown" after refusing for years to work with President Barack Obama or Democrats on legislation.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) walks in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, February 25, 2016. (AFP photo)
"Donald Trump is the ultimate fulfillment of the Republican Party's legacy of obstruction and resentment," he noted.
"Republicans created him [Trump] by spending seven years appealing to some of the darkest forces in America," he continued.
The top senator also accused Republican leaders of supporting “a man who refuses to distance himself from the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)," referring to Trump’s refusal to repudiate the white supremacy group.
The congressional Republican leadership has distanced itself from some of the billionaire businessman’s policies, but they have yet to publicly suggest that they would not support him as the party's final nominee.
Reid has repeatedly used the Senate floor as well as weekly press conference to denounce former reality TV star, suggesting that he is being propped up by the Republican Party.
Meanwhile Reid added that other GOP presidential candidates — including Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas — are basically conveying the same message as Trump.
"It is up to the Republicans to try and undo what they have done by denouncing Donald Trump," he said. "It is time for the Republicans to stop the Frankenstein they created."[ptv]