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Kellyane Conway warns Harry Reid his comments on President-Elect Trump are “beyond the pale” and warns him to “careful” in the “legal sense.”

From Fox News Sunday, an interchange between Chris Wallace and Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway …

WALLACE: Let me ask you about working with everyone, because, finally, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid issued a statement on Friday and I want to read some of it to you and to our viewers. Reid wrote, “If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs, at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate.”

Kellyanne, how do you respond to Senator Reid?

CONWAY: With complete disappointment.

I’m really pleased as are many Americans that he won’t be the Senate minority leader much longer. He has resigned his seat and we’ll have a new Senate minority leader.
By the way, the Senate majority leader will be Republican Mitch McConnell. So, that’s good for the republic because we can actually get things done.

I find Harry Reid’s public comments and insults about Donald Trump and other Republicans to be beyond the pale. They’re incredibly disappointing. Talk about not wanting my children to listen to somebody.

And he should be very careful about characterizing somebody in a legal sense. He thinks — he thinks he’s just being some kind of political pundit there, but I would say be very careful about the way you characterize it. How is —

WALLACE: But wait, wait, wait. Are you —

CONWAY: How is that for accepting — accepting the election results? You know, Chris —

WALLACE: Are you suggesting, when you say in a legal sense, are you suggesting that Donald Trump might sue Harry Reid?

CONWAY: No, I’m not suggesting that at all. I’m suggesting — I’m calling for responsibility and maturity and decency for somebody who has held one of the highest positions in our government, in a country of more than 300 million people.
I hope President Obama calls Harry Reid today and says, cut it out. I just met with President-elect Trump, Governor Pence has met with Vice President Biden, the first ladies have met. I mean, everybody is looking for a peaceful transition here in the name of democracy and you’ve got the Senate minority leader acting like some garden variety political pundit. That’s what’s got to stop.

And you know what? What was the big narrative going into the election, Chris, where most people in the mainstream media were convinced and, in fact, were cheering for if not aiding and abetting a Hillary Clinton win? What do they all say? We hope Donald Trump and his supporters will accept the election results.

And we have Harry Reid coming out and egging people on. I would put at his feet the fact that a lot of these protesters, I walked right into the firestorm yesterday getting into Trump Tower. A lot of these protesters are not there peacefully, are not there because they just want to express themselves and make a point or make the difference. They are there for nefarious conditions, they’re booing us, spitting on us. They’re causing all kinds of havoc.

You know, he has to stop. He has a responsibility. Harry Reid has a platform to do good here and he ought — he ought to rise to the occasion and do that.

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