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Harry Reid ridiculed Donald Trump and the Republican presidential field Tuesday, saying candidates were “scared” to confront the billionaire businessman because he’s “speaking to their hearts.”

In an interview with CNN, the Senate Democratic leader said Trump’s temperament “is not much different than the rest of the team he’s running against.”

“Donald Trump is speaking for the Republican Party,” Reid said, sitting in the Lyndon B. Johnson room just off the Senate floor. “Why do the Republicans who are running for president never criticize him on anything?”