A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSanders and Schumer are right: Ellison for DNC chair The Hill's 12:30 Report Hopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs MORE (D-Nev.) said Sunday that all Americans should fear President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKimmel baits Trump on Twitter THE MEMO: Trump takes the fight to Congress Protesters rally outside NYT in support of media MORE's threats of legal action against his critics.
“It only took five days for President-elect Trump to try to silence his critics with the threat of legal action. This should shock and concern all Americans," Reid's deputy chief of staff, Adam Jentleson, said in a statement.
Damning statement from Harry Reid's spokesman, after Trump aide hints at legal action against Reid for criticizing Trump pic.twitter.com/DMyT3SUPW7— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) November 13, 2016
On Friday, Reid criticized Trump, calling him "a sexual predator who lost the popular vote."
Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told "Fox News Sunday" that Reid's comments were "beyond the pale."
"And he should be very careful about characterizing somebody in a legal sense. 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," Conway said.
Conway denied that she was suggesting Trump would sue the outgoing Senate minority leader over the comments, but said she hoped President Obama would tell Reid to halt the attacks.
"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," she said. "I hope President Obama calls Harry Reid today and says 'cut it out.'"
In the statement, Jentleson slammed Trump for having the support of the Ku Klux Klan, arguing that the white supremacist group views "Trump as their champion."
“But instead of rising to the responsibility of his office, Trump is hiding behind his Twitter account and sending his staff on TV to threaten his critics," Reid's spokesman said.