Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid calls on Democrats to plow forward on immigration Democrats brace for tough election year in Nevada The Memo: Biden's horizon is clouded by doubt MORE (D-Nev.) blasted Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE on Tuesday for saying during the debate that it's "smart" to avoid paying taxes.
"Even as Trump tried to say nothing about his tax returns, he revealed ... at least one shocking truth. Donald Trump thinks that paying taxes is a fool's errand," Reid said. "He knows that refusing to pay his taxes makes him, as we've come to learn, a scam artist."
Reid was referring to a moment in Monday night's presidential debate when Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonI voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary Meghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' MORE attacked Trump for refusing to release his tax returns. When Clinton suggested he's holding back the returns because he's "paid nothing in federal taxes," Trump interjected: “That makes me smart.”
Trump, the Republican nominee, has repeatedly said he can't release the returns because he's being audited. The IRS has said audits do not preclude candidates from releasing tax documents.
Reid said there is "no coherent reason" for why Trump won't release his tax returns.
"Tax returns would show that he's a spoiled, rich brat who inherited his daddy's money and hasn't done so well with that," he said.
Senate Democrats have introduced a bill that would require presidential nominees to release their tax returns, though it's unlikely to get a vote before the presidential election.
Reid has increasingly turned his fire on the GOP nominee since Trump alluded to the serious injuries the outgoing Senate Democratic leader received during an exercising accident.
Sen. John CornynJohn CornynCornyn raises more than M for Senate GOP Is the Biden administration afraid of trade? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit MORE (Texas), the Senate's No. 2 Republican, jabbed back at Reid, saying the Democratic senator has "so little confidence" in Clinton that he has to come to the Senate floor to frequently criticize Trump.
"He insists on coming to the floor every day that we're in session and trying to assist her in making arguments that either she cannot or that she has not made," he said.
— This story was updated at 12:30 p.m.