A Top Democrat Just Let Donald Trump Know the Truce Is Over

November 11th 2016

Danielle DeCourcey

The first 48-hours following the election of Donald Trump as president of The United States were followed by conciliatory messages from Democratic leaders. That ended Friday morning.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) released a scathing statement about the election of Trump as America's next president.

After the election of Trump, protests broke out across the country as racial and religious minorities expressed concerns for their safety. Reid said the election of Trump has "emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America."

“White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump’s victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear – especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans," he said. "Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America."

ATTN: reported on Friday that The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan are planning a December parade in honor of Trump's win.

Reid put out a call to action to Americans. He said that Americans and the media must not allow the hateful rhetoric against minorities and women from the campaign trail to become normalized.

“We as a nation must find a way to move forward without consigning those who Trump has threatened to the shadows. Their fear is entirely rational, because Donald Trump has talked openly about doing terrible things to them. Every news piece that breathlessly obsesses over inauguration preparations compounds their fear by normalizing a man who has threatened to tear families apart, who has bragged about sexually assaulting women and who has directed crowds of thousands to intimidate reporters and assault African Americans. Their fear is legitimate and we must refuse to let it fall through the cracks between the fluff pieces."

Reid's letter stands in contrast to the messages released in recent days by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), both of whom offered criticism of Trump's campaign statements about women and minorities, but also expressed willingness to assist his agenda of bringing jobs back to working class Americans.

Trump has tried to offer messages of healing in the wake of a campaign full of demeaning statements toward black people, Latinos, Muslims, and women.

During his victory speech, Trump indicated that he would attempt to be a president "for all Americans." The following day, Trump met with President Barak Obama at the White House for the first time, and spoke positively of their 90-minute discussion.

Trump tweeted that he and incoming First Lady Melania Trump had a "fantastic day" with the Obamas.

You can read Sen. Reid's full statement about a Trump presidency on his office website.

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