February 24th, 2010
07:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Thompson tweet takes on Reid comment

A spokesman for Harry Reid called Thompson's comments 'unfortunate.'
A spokesman for Harry Reid called Thompson's comments 'unfortunate.'

Washington (CNN) - Former presidential candidate Fred Thompson suggested Wednesday that Sen. Harry Reid might engage in domestic abuse if he fails to win re-election in November.

In a posting on Twitter, Thompson wrote, "Reid: Jobless men = domestic abuse. Is he saying we should be worried about Mrs. Reid after the November elections?"

Thompson's comment comes days after Reid discussed the correlation between unemployment and domestic abuse on the Senate floor.

"I have met with some people at home, dealing with domestic abuse," Reid said on Monday. "It has gotten out of hand. Why? Men don't have jobs. Women don't have jobs either but women aren't abusive, most of the time. Men, when they are out of work, tend to become abusive."

Reid defended his comments Tuesday when questioned by reporters.

"There is no question that more people being out of work causes more people to be involved in domestic violence," said Reid. "I mean I didn't make that up, I was told that by two people who run domestic violence shelters."

Reid spokesman Jim Manley called Thompson's comments "unfortunate" in an e-mail to CNN.

"While Fred Thompson may think he was being funny, it is unfortunate and disappointing that so many on the right would make light of domestic abuse."

Thompson's political action committee did not respond to numerous requests for comment from CNN.

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soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. John in Tampa

    It was rude and not funny, and Fred Thompson should stick to TV scripts. But what is CNN doing making 'numerous requests' for follow-up comments? Gonna MAKE some news, people?

    February 24, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. Mike in Dallas

    Domestic abuse is something Harry Reid is concerned about.

    Domestic abuse is something Fred Thompson jokes about and uses for political purposes.

    February 24, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. Kiana's Mom

    Unfortunately, Reid is absolutely right. Not all men but guaranteed, rates of abuse rise with unemployment. Come on Thompson! Get real! I hope this isn't another GOP thing and is only coming from Thompson. If not, then I'm convinced that the GOP is all about themselves and power – not about the average American.

    Anyone disagree? Well then ask yourself what the #1 source of conflict between couples is..... I'll give you a hint.... $$

    February 24, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. kay

    Thompson ,Cheney,Palin and the like should think before speaking.

    February 24, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. insightful

    Leave it to a Reptile-can to denigrate the compassion of Senator Reid who apparently understands the jobless male's frustration much more than Senator Fred's.

    February 24, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. birdy

    absolutely depression leads to domestic trouble. and unemployment is a leading source of depression for men. i guess fred thompson doesn't really care about issues affecting the average american. what an elitist jerk.

    February 24, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Ridgeway

    Has Harry Reid ever uttered a positive word in his entire, wretched life? If mean was electricity he could light up Las Vegas. He and Leona Helmsley would meet if they both signed up on eHarmony. What a perfect match she's dead and he looks it.

    February 24, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. Bob Pacific Grove, Ca

    Thompson (R-Twitterland) was yesterday's news....Just goes to show you how far to the right CNN has swung......

    February 24, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Hwo cares what Fred is saying. He is a loser.

    February 24, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. leonardofru

    Reid insulted all men in this country. Why not say that women are irrational a few days each month because of there periods. The Dems say insulting things daily and CNN never whips it. Thompson responds to a Dems insult and CNN whips it.

    February 24, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. A keen observer

    Who cares what a failed Republican former legislator and third rate actor has to say? All Republican has beens need to just shut up and quit displaying their ignorance.

    February 24, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. james

    Fred Thompson lost me on that one. That was about as funny as cancer of the rectum. Making jokes about Domestic Violence is never funny and this time he really showed no sensitivity at all. He should have hired some of his former L& O people to write something better.

    Harry probably should have couched his observation differently though...

    February 24, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. Adalbert

    Who cares about what Fred is saying? He is a loser.

    February 24, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Thompson: Right wing LOON. Reed is right. Men do become more subject to abusive behavior when they are out of work. I have seen that with my own eyes. I don't need anyone to tell me.

    February 24, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. Emma

    The conditions of deprivation in a family without income, without health care funds, and without hope of income and the prospect of homelessness create an enormous emotional strain and can lead to abuse within a family. Fred Thompson's remark is outrageous!

    February 24, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. kmp

    Reid is right, not only does domestic abuse rise with unemployment so does suicide. So by that reasoning is Thompson going to say Reid is going to commit suicide? I think Thompson needs to look more at how we can help those unemployeed instead of pointing his finger at Reid, who was making a valid point.

    I am sick an tired of these Republicans crying foul every single day. If they are serious about helping in these times get out there and do something about it instead of saying NO all of the time. At least we will know you attempted to do it and go lamblasted which I will then be more willing to support you.

    February 24, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. MB Seattle

    Why is it that the outspoken Republicans like Dick,Fred, Rush, Glen and Sarah do not hold elected office but yet feel they have a point of view about those elected officials that do have a job?

    Beats me but I can only hope that those working politician do a good job on the health care bill on Thursday.

    The nation will be watch who is working and who is ducking there responsibilities.

    February 24, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. kmp

    Oh and I should mention nice use of telepromter.

    February 24, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. babs reinard

    Thompson needs to get a life.

    February 24, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. cj

    Rich Republicans like Thompson can make fun of what Reid said, but whether we like it or not there is truth in his statement. We are not talking about the country club set , we are talking about the trailer park outside of town, the low rent complexes , where the lack of jobs and money together with frustration are easily taken out on the innocent, Ask any cop ,we are seeing this more and more as the lack of jobs which equals money ,is/ are just not available .This does not effect the
    likes of Fred Thompson !

    February 24, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  21. meeee

    Good form Fred. Make fun of abused women. Well done sir. I guess down in Tennessee that's normal, though.

    February 24, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  22. Tony in Maine

    Regardless of the political correctness of Sen. Reid's comment – personally, I don't find it offensive at all – the dreck that spewed from Fred Thompson was way over the top or under the cesspool.

    Thompson should be ashamed. But, he won't be. Like all conservatives, he'll claim he was taken out of context or just joking and claim that liberals are overly sensitive.

    Thompson is a jerk.

    February 24, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. Susan L.

    Not a particularly bright thing for Reid to say, but that was really low and scummy of Thompson. But, then, what do you expect from a two-bit hack actor.

    February 24, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. ron romine

    What is Harry Reid thinking? Non-abusive men do not become abusive because they are unemployed. Frustrated perhaps, but not abusive. Abusive people may become more abusive when unemployed, but then any other excuse will also make that happen. I'm a Democrat for 40 years, but when the leaders of our party make statements like that, it makes me wonder why.

    February 24, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  25. Lynn

    Is Thompson speaking from personal experience? Domestic abuse has many causes and to cite unemployment as one is looking for an excuse, not a solution.

    February 24, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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