Reid says he's receiving 'ugly, vile, vulgar' threats
April 29th, 2014
04:02 PM ET
3 months ago

Reid says he's receiving 'ugly, vile, vulgar' threats

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged Tuesday he is receiving what he called "ugly, vile, vulgar" threats after he labeled supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy "domestic terrorists" last week.

"Each day that goes by, it's hard for me to comprehend how ugly, vile, vulgar, and threatening people are, sending letters to my home and making other threats," said the longtime Democratic senator from Nevada, speaking slowly to reporters, with long pensive pauses and even shaking his head.

"So I don't know who's mad at me, but it's a long list, I guess," Reid continued.

On Monday the U.S. Capitol police said it was looking into "threatening statements made toward Senator Reid."

Congressional sources say the threats began last week after Reid called Bundy's backers "domestic terrorists" for refusing to vacate federal land in Nevada that Bundy used to graze his cattle.

The Bureau of Land Management has been in a dispute with Bundy for 20 years over not paying fines and environmental issues. That came to a head three weeks ago when armed militia members came to Bundy's defense, joining in an old west style showdown with the authorities.

Reid's comments about Bundy riled conservatives, who had already hailed Bundy as a hero for fighting what they called government overreach. But most of those conservatives abandoned the rancher late last week after he made racist remarks about blacks, asking whether they were "better off as slaves."

As for the threats to Reid, he would not elaborate on their nature or the degree to which law enforcement is concerned.

Instead he said "what also bothers me is virtually every one of these horrible things they send has, they cite scripture," he said, holding up his hands. "They cite something out of the Bible. I mean, you try that one on. "

CNN Senior Congressional Producer Ted Barrett contributed to this report.


Filed under: Harry Reid • Senate
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. angus

    Ugly, vile, and threatening? is he describing himself? Sounds like it...

    April 29, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    --Republicans are worst than Taliban, Al Queda. Nonsense, they threaten.

    April 29, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. sonnie3

    Harry can dish it out, but don't like the return fire. Time for him to grow up. He is not the most liked person and is finding this out. He might do better if he could keep his rants of the news.

    April 29, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. American Worker

    Reid needs to turn his malicious and vial hate speech off.

    April 29, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Angus, sonnie3, and American Worker...perfect examples of the hatred the Right has for Harry Reid because he calls them out for what they are...ugly, vile, and threatening. Pathetic.

    April 29, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    Reid should be proud and very careful that his remarks hit these haters and racists where it hurts. No more free advertising of the teaklan or KKK party.

    April 29, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Bundy is a welfare queen. Where's the right wight outrage over that? I thought they were against moochers. Heck! Where's Willard? Is Bundy a 47%er?

    April 29, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    onnie3

    Harry can dish it out, but don't like the return fire.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Really? When did Harry Reid threaten violence against this group of hateful cowards (they were planning to use women and children as human shields) and their families?

    April 29, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    American Worker

    Reid needs to turn his malicious and vial hate speech off.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Reid spoke the truth and your ilk reacts like it's Kryptonite.

    April 29, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    "I hope that's not where we're going, but you know if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out." —Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle, floating the possibility of armed insurrection in a radio interview, Jan. 2010

    April 29, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    When you call domestic terrorists, "domestic terrorists" sooner or later, the domestic terrorists are going to threaten you. Give 'em hell Harry!

    April 29, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. bobo

    Reid.... You are Disgusting! You Lie, Slander and condemn people for simply having a different viewpoint then you and the Obama Administration.... You FAIL!

    April 29, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Abbey

    And he deserves every single one with his vile and dangerous lies he spreads.

    April 29, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    It should surprise nobody that anti-government Walmart fatigues wearing pseudo-militia daycamp warrior wannabes who think it's perfectly ok to make threats of violence towards federal employees attempting to carry out their duties and enforce the laws and court orders also think it's perfectly ok to threaten a US Senator.

    Fact: the federal gov't can't let this stand for much longer or they'll have idiots just like this manufacturing their own standoff situations all over the place. They are looking for ANY excuse they can find to point a gun at the federal government and the people that work for it and make threats and tell them "whatever, I do what I want...you can't tell me what to do"...just like adolescent tweeny children who don't want to do their homework or obey the curfew their parents set.

    April 29, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Thomas

    The only person's who come to mind when it comes to 'ugly, vile, vulgar' would be Sarah Palin , Ann Coulter and Adam Silver .

    April 29, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. rla

    now he gets what the radical left has been doing for decades

    April 29, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Steve

    Senator Reid's observation, that most of the threatening messages he's getting actually cite scripture, matches my observation exactly. It doesn't matter whether you're talking about Christian, Muslim, or Jewish right-wing fundamentalists, the extremely conservative religious nutballs are the most hateful people on earth.

    April 29, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Jerry

    Dirty Harry is Shocked!
    "So I don't know who's mad at me, but it's a long list, I guess," Reid continued.
    He labels American Patriot's "Domestic Terrorists", yet he doesn't understand why people are mad at him...

    Is he really that stupid?!

    April 29, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Boomer in Mo

    Reid went to far. They are not domestic terrorists even if they did intend to put a bunch of women and children in front of themselves to soak up any federal bullets. They are just tax evaders and deadbeats like Clive and don't think much of women and children either. The country is full of such Neanderthals. So what else is new?

    April 29, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. DJ McFly

    What else would you expect from a 'ugly, vile, vulgar' person

    April 29, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    These flag waving NRA right wingnut domestic terrorists are making a good case why there is a need for strong gun control.

    April 29, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Silence DoGood

    Instead he said "what also bothers me is virtually every one of these horrible things they send has, they cite scripture," he said, holding up his hands. "They cite something out of the Bible. I mean, you try that one on. "
    --------
    The GOP tries to distance itself, but the radical right wing violent religious theocracy folks are firmly attached to them. The GOP enjoyed getting their votes by softly pandering. Now they own the problem and it is time to deal with it.

    April 29, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Rocky

    Gee I guess the fact that Harry is neck deep in scandal surrounding this incident, and called God fearing devoted Americans "domestic terrorists", when the Democrats refused to label the Fort Hood shooter as a terrorist, must have upset a few folks. Maybe it's time Harry to stepped down, and allowed someone with the country's best interest in mind to take his place.

    On the flip side... CNN – lay off the biased remarks about Cliven Bundy's statements being racist. They weren't, anyone with half a brain knows they weren't, anyone with half a brain knows what Cliven Bundy said was that blacks/negores/whatever they call themselves this week, were better off as slaves than living under government dependency. And, while he may not have said so in the most politically correct fashion, he is absolutely correct.

    April 29, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "He labels American Patriot's "Domestic Terrorists", yet he doesn't understand why people are mad at him..."

    Please provide an rational explanation detailing how somehow could simultaneously be a "patriot" and yet state, quite literally, that he "does not recognize the existence of the federal government." Ready? Go.

    *crickets*

    April 29, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    @rla, what has the " radical Left" done in recent decades that approaches these types of comments and actions? Did the Left ever do anything on the level of Oklahoma City? Did the Left ever go around toting guns and threatening Federal Agents, or shooting them like David Koresh did? Please cite examples, if they exist: otherwise, STFU.

    April 29, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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