In a scathing attack on President-Elect Donald Trump, the outgoing Senate minority leader, Harry Reid called Trump a "sexual predator who lost the majority vote, and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate".
"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," Reid said in a statement.
""Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans. Donald Trump may not possess the capacity to assuage those fears, but he owes it to this nation to try.
"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.
"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. Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America."
Reid is retiring in January, so he won't have to work with the new president. The veteran senator campaigned hard in Nevada to ensure that Hillary Clinton won the state and to elect Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto to succeed him.