WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid lashed out at Donald Trump as a "con artist" after the Republican presidential nominee suggested the lawmaker resume exercising with the equipment that left him blind in one eye last year.
"Donald Trump can make fun of the injury that crushed the side of my face and took the sight in my right eye all he wants — I've dealt with tougher opponents than him," the Nevada senator said in a statement Friday. "I may not be able to see out of my right eye, but with my good eye, I can see that Trump is a man who inherited his money and spent his entire life pretending like he earned it."
Reid fell and broke several ribs and facial bones last year, when an exercise band snapped during a workout. He recently indicated that the accident was more serious than he initially disclosed.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump was dismissive of Reid, saying, "Harry Reid? I think he should go back and start working out again with his rubber work-out pieces."
The Republican bristled after being told Reid had said earlier this week that Trump is "not slim and trim."
In his statement, Reid also criticized congressional Republicans for their "blind obedience" to Trump and unwillingness to examine his business practices or press further for the release of his tax returns.
"We know how to spot a con artist in Las Vegas," Reid said. "And Donald Trump is a con artist."