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Hear what Harry Reid said about Capitol siege, Trump, Biden, Romney in one of his final interviews

Former Senate majority leader, who held the highest U.S. office ever achieved by a Latter-day Saint, talked about the Capitol siege, fringe groups, Mitt Romney, Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

(John Locher | AP) In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid listens during an interview in Las Vegas. Reid died Tuesday at age 82. In one of his final extended interviews in 2021, Harry Reid talked with The Salt Lake Tribune about the Capitol siege, fringe groups, Mitt Romney, Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, who rose to Senate majority leader to become the highest-ranking elected Latter-day Saint in U.S. history, died Tuesday at age 82.

In one of his final extended interviews, the Democrat appeared on The Salt Lake Tribune’s “Mormon Land” podcast after the Capitol siege.

During it, he discussed the pain he felt seeing the place he labored for 34 years years being ransacked; the need for top leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to warn members to beware of aligning with “fringe” groups and causes; his reconciliation with Sen. Mitt Romney after the 2012 presidential election; his affection for President Joe Biden — “the nicest guy in the world,” he said — and his disdain for his predecessor.

“Donald Trump will go down ... as the worst president in the history of the country. And that says a lot because we’ve had some pretty bad ones,” Reid said. “... So good riddance.”

Listen to the podcast here.

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