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Harry Reid knocks Ocasio-Cortez's tax proposal: Fast 'radical change' doesn't work

Harry Reid knocks Ocasio-Cortez's tax proposal: Fast 'radical change' doesn't work
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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Biden to tap Erika Moritsugu as new Asian American and Pacific Islander liaison White House races clock to beat GOP attacks MORE (D-Nev.) issued criticism toward one of the Democratic Party's newest members in a new interview, targeting freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezA proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US Biden angers Democrats by keeping Trump-era refugee cap Omar: 'Shameful' Biden reneging on refugee promise MORE (D-N.Y.) over her proposal to raise the marginal tax rate on the richest Americans.

In an interview with The Nevada Independent, Reid cautioned the New York congresswoman to pursue slower, incremental change rather than forcing Americans to accept what he said were "radical" policies.

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“A person could say we need to raise taxes a little bit,” Reid told the news outlet. “Again, when you talk about 70 percent and all that, we have to be careful because the American people are very conservative in the sense of not wanting radical change quickly."

"It just doesn’t work," the former Democratic Senate leader said. "I think the message has to be we’re a country that is good, that’s always been good. We’re not talking about 'Make America Great Again;' we’re great now. And I think what we have to do is make sure we do a better job.”

Reid also appeared to take aim at another policy backed by Ocasio-Cortez and members of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party in the interview, urging a 2020 Democratic contender against President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE to talk about "restoring" ObamaCare rather than expanding health care further.

"It’s a shame what they’ve done with ObamaCare. That was certainly a step in the right direction," Reid said. "The Democrat has to talk about health care, restoring ObamaCare or versions of it.”

Reid, who left the Senate in 2017, has remained largely silent since leaving Congress, but spoke out earlier this month against the president, calling Trump "without question the worst president we've ever had."

“I think he is without question the worst president we’ve ever had," Reid told The New York Times in a rare interview. "We’ve had some bad ones, and there’s not even a close second to him. He’ll lie. He’ll cheat. You can’t reason with him.”