White House press secretary Josh Earnest refused to condemn comments from Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid that he doesn’t regret lying about Mitt Romney’s taxes during the 2012 election, because it allowed President Barack Obama to win. (VIDEO: Reid Has ‘No Regrets’ Lying About Romney Taxes: ‘Romney Didn’t Win, Did He?’)
“This week, we saw my CNN colleague Dana Bash do an interview with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid,” Fox News reporter James Rosen began, “in which she asked him about his decision in the midst of the 2012 presidential campaign to take to the Senate floor and accuse Mitt Romney of not paying taxes, and demanding that Mitt Romney in fact prove that he had paid his taxes.”
“And when Dana Bash asked him about this, she mentioned that some people called it ‘McCarthyite,’ and of course, no evidence has ever been produced to show that Mitt Romney failed to pay his taxes,” he continued. “I wonder if President Obama, who has lamented this incivility in our politics, this disrespect in our politics, has any view of Harry Reid telling Dana Bash in response to this question, ‘Well, Romney didn’t get elected, did he?’”
“I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to the president about Senator Reid’s interview,” Earnest responded. “…He is obviously a vocal supporter of the president, and they have a partnership that will go down in history as a remarkably productive one. But ultimately it’s up to Senator Reid what he’s going to say on the Senate floor.”
“But it’s the president’s choice and his spokesman choice to call out conduct unbecoming of our highest elected officials, when it is in fact unbecoming,” Rosen pushed back. “Are you going to take that opportunity now?” (VIDEO: Josh Earnest Refuses To Say Whether Or Not Obama Uses Private Email)
“Not for something that’s three years old,” Earnest said, speaking for a president who literally condemned the Crusades.