Sen. Harry Reid, who infamously lied about Mitt Romney’s tax returns during the 2012 presidential election, said Wednesday that the Baltimore mom who slapped her masked son during Monday’s riots should be investigated for child abuse.
“He gave me eye contact. And at that point, you know, not even thinking about cameras or anything like that — that’s my only son and at the end of the day I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray. At that point, I just lost it. I was shocked, I was angry, because you never want to see your child out there doing that,” Toya Graham told CBS on Wednesday. The Democrat from Nevada didn’t see it that way.
Freddie Gray, 25, died April 19 of wounds that occurred during his arrest by the Baltimore Police Department April 12. Mr. Reid’s office put out a statement Wednesday countering the claim that a mother’s slap should ever be used to prevent another “Freddie Gray” from dying:
“Ms. Graham may be trying to do her best as a single mother raising six children, but that does not give her an excuse to resort to physical violence to stop her son from arson, looting, and throwing concrete blocks at cops.
If the only way to stop Baltimore from burning is to slap an unruly child, then I say ‘Let the city burn!’ As liberals, we know that violence is never the answer. It takes a village to raise a child, but that village must have an abundance of ‘time out’ corners and Jack Kerouac poetry readings to realize its full potential.”
Mr. Reid’s admonishment echoes a sentiment shared by other liberal critics of Ms. Graham.
USA Today reported Wednesday:
The single mother of six children is facing some backlash on social media for beating her son in such a public manner.
“Hypocrisy of the law, she should be arrested for assault, battery and child abuse,” said one tweet by a user identified as @cotrial.
Others questioned why anyone would condone or celebrate her actions.
“Tired of hearing about this Baltimore ‘Mom of the Year,'” said a tweet under the handle @DaAnGrYASiAN. “If she raised her son better, she wouldn’t have needed to do that.”
When Mr. Reid’s office was asked if his battered and bloodied body was the result of a hypocritical altercation the devolved into violence, a spokesman for the Democratic senator responded, “Am I living in a piece of satire? The only person who is allowed to recklessly throw out unsubstantiated claims about others is Mr. Reid. No further comment.”
The video of Ms. Graham restraining her son has over 3 million views on YouTube in less than 48 hours.