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.
We have a responsibility to be the voice of the millions of Americans who are afraid that they are unwelcome in Donald Trump’s America.— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) November 15, 2016
Many of our fellow Americans believe that Trump’s election validates the kind of bullying, aggressive behavior Trump exhibited daily.— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) November 15, 2016
Healing the wounds Trump inflicted will take more than words. Talk is cheap, and tweets are cheaper.— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) November 15, 2016
By placing a champion of white supremacists a step away from Oval Office, what message does Trump send to America? Not a message of healing.— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) November 15, 2016
I say to Donald Trump: take responsibility.— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) November 15, 2016
Rise to the dignity of the office instead of hiding behind your Twitter account.
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