If you are a longtime listener of the program, you have come to understand Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is not exactly the most logical human being on the planet, but his latest reasoning on wealthy political donors truly makes no sense.
After lambasting the ‘evil’ Koch brothers for weeks on the Senate floor, Reid was asked by NBC News’ Chuck Todd to explain why he targets the Koch brothers instead of other deep-pocketed donors like, say, billionaire Nevada businessman Sheldon Adelson. As it turns out, apparently there is a HUGE difference between the Kochs and Adelson.
“They are in it to make money,” Reid said of the Koch brothers. “That’s their whole goal here: To add zeros to their billions.”
According to Reid, Adelson has no ill intentions.
“I know Sheldon Adelson — he’s not in this for money. He’s in it because he has certain ideological views,” Reid said. “Sheldon Adelson, don’t pick on him — he’s not in it to make money.”
Watch Reid’s remarks below:
“The hypocrisy here is unimaginable,” Pat said on radio this morning.
“It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever,” Stu added, “nor does anything else Harry Reid says.”
Last week, Jon Stewart took Reid to task for the massive and nonsensical double standard. After all, Adelson gives the large majority of his money to Republican candidates – as do the Koch brothers – but since Adelson resides in Reid’s home state and the two are apparently chummy, Reid respects Adelson’s right to free speech. As Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones crassly explained, Reid has a very specific definition of ‘free speech.’
“Corruption is a billionaire who spends their money on s**t you don’t like,” Jones joked. “[Free speech is] a billionaire who spends money on s**t you do like.”
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