Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lashed back at President Donald Trump on Wednesday after the president singled out a 1993 speech from the former Democratic leader in an effort to build his case for getting rid of birthright citizenship, The Hill reported.
“This president wants to destroy, not build, to stoke hatred instead of unify,”Reid said in a statement. “He can tweet whatever he wants while he sits around watching TV, but he is profoundly wrong.”
Trump argued in a tweet that children born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants are not protected by the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.
“Harry Reid was right in 1993, before he and the Democrats went insane and started with the Open Borders (which brings massive Crime) ‘stuff’,” Trump said in his tweet. “Don’t forget the nasty term Anchor Babies. I will keep our Country safe. This case will be settled by the United States Supreme Court!”
Following Reid’s criticism of Trump, the president sent out another tweet attacking the senator, who is undergoing cancer treatment.
“Harry Reid, when he was sane, agreed with us on Birthright Citizenship!” Trump said in the tweet.
Reid has repeatedly apologized for more than a decade for his opposition to birthright citizenship, emphasizing again on Wednesday that his remarks then were a “mistake.”
“In 1993, around the time Donald Trump was gobbling up tax-free inheritance money from his wealthy father and driving several companies into bankruptcy, I made a mistake,” Reid said in the statement, which was first reported by Politico.
Reid emphasized that immigrants “are the lifeblood of our nation.”