On the Senate floor on Tuesday, Mr. Reid said: “It was quite an explosion. … It’s very important we continue training our military, so important. But one of the things in sequester is we cut back in training and maintenance. That’s the way sequester was written. Now, the bill that’s on the floor, we hope to pass today helps that a little bit. … It’s just not appropriate, Mr. President, that our military can’t train and do the maintenance necessary. These men and women, our Marines were training there in Hawthorne. And with this sequester, it’s going to cut back this stuff. I just hope everyone understands the sacrifices made by our military.”
Marine spokesmen found the comments out of line and accused Mr. Reid in an NBC report of “political posturing on the backs of those dead Marines.” But Mr. Levin took the criticism further, during his Tuesday evening radio broadcast.
“It was grotesque,” Mr. Levin said. “And Harry Reid, you’re the lowest of the low-lives, you know that? You really are at the bottom of the sewer, all the time on every issue. … You are just a very ill human being. And the fact that you’re the Senate majority leader says an awful lot about the Democrats in the Senate. … We deserve better than this man. He is a vicious stupid man.”