- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Stunned that Hillary Clinton is struggling against a man with no political experience and a checkered business record, Sen. Harry Reid accused Donald Trump Tuesday of being “a fraud” who’s not worth anywhere near his claims.

The Nevada Democrat said the billionaire businessman has abused other people’s money, and in particular misused money given to his charity for his own personal purposes. Mr. Reid said that’s against the law.

“Other people’s money, put in his charity, and he spends it on himself. So this is who Republicans want to be president,” Mr. Reid said.

He ticked off a number of business deals he said were scams that soured for Mr. Trump, ranging from his Atlantic City casino to his Trump University course, which remains enmeshed in a legal battle.

Mr. Reid appeared to be trying to goad Mr. Trump in a repeat of 2012, when the senator took to the chamber floor to accuse then-GOP nominee Mitt Romney — without providing any evidence — of paying no federal income taxes.

Mr. Romney would eventually release some of his tax returns and a summary of others, showing he did pay taxes, and Mr. Reid’s claim was rated a “pants on fire” lie by PolitiFact, and derided by other fact-checkers.

But Mr. Reid has remained unbowed by the criticism, saying the ends of stopping Mr. Romney justified his actions.

“It may not be the truth, it’s how I feel,” he told the Reno Gazette-Journal this summer.

With Mr. Trump the GOP nominee this year, Mr. Reid again delved into tax returns, saying he believes the businessman won’t release his records because it would expose his net worth is far less than the $10 billion he publicly claimed at the beginning of the campaign.

“Simply put, Trump is faking his net worth because he doesn’t want us to know he’s not a good business man. He’s not as rich as he would have us believe,” Mr. Reid said.

Mr. Reid himself grew up poor and regularly talks about working as a Capitol Police officer to earn money during his time in law school. But he’s done remarkably well for himself since then, with his career in public service helping him amass a net worth that the Center for Responsive Politics estimated at nearly $5 million in 2014.

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