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Outgoing Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev., speaks with reporters along with Nevada's newly elected Congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Harry Reid told the Senate Trump's election caused a rise in hate crimes


Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told the Senate Tuesday that Donald Trump's election has led to a rise in hate crimes across the nation. 

"Since Election Day the Southern Poverty Law Center has reported hundreds of incidents of harassment and intimidation," Reid said on the floor of the Senate. "Last count, 315, from their calculations. Overwhelming, the hateful acts are anti-Muslim, anti-Hispanic, anti-African-American, anti-woman, anti-LGBT, anti-Semitic and anti-Asian."

Reid said the election results validated the kind of "bullying and agressive behavior Trump modeled on a daily basis." 

"If we fail to hold Trump accountable, we all bear a major responsibility for normalizing his behavior," Reid added. 

The Senate Minority Leader also argued that Trump's appointment of Stephen Bannon as chief strategist only made matters worse. Bannon is the CEO of Breitbart News, which is known for its conservative and racially-charged rhetoric. 

Reid called for Trump to immediately rescind Bannon's appointment. 

"President-elect Trump must act immediately to make Americans...feel like they are welcomed in his America," Reid said on the Senate floor. "Healing the wounds he inflicted will take more than words, talk is cheap and tweets are cheaper."

After addressing the Senate, Reid went on a Twitter rant further emphasizing why he feels it is important that Trump rescind Bannon's appointment.

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