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7 Badass Things You Should Not Forget About Harry Reid

He can kick your ass.

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Reid admits to getting "called out" from bars in his youth for fights. "I was raised where you settled your differences physically, and I still have a little of that in me and I'm fighting that all the time."

4. Reid punched his future father-in-law in the face.

The father would not let Reid marry his daughter, Landra Gould, because the Gould's were Jewish and Reid was not. Landra and Harry eloped to Utah and are still married to this day.


When Reid was offered a bribe as Nevada gaming commissioner in 1978, he called in the FBI to set up a sting. During the sting operation, Reid lunged across the table and attempted to choke the briber while yelling:


According to The New Yorker, "startled" FBI agents stopped him. “I was so angry with him for thinking he could bribe me,” Reid said, explaining his theatrical outburst.

Here is a two-minute idea of what Reid inspired (almost word for word).

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