Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., accompanied by Sen. Charles Schumer, right, faces reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 28, 2016.
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September 20, 2016 11:29 AM EDT

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid argued that Donald Trump has not released his tax returns because he’s not worth as much as he claims.

Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, the Nevada Democrat argued that the country is being ripped off by “really rich people, some who are billionaires, others who claim they are billionaires.”

Reversing a decades-old trend, the Republican presidential nominee has declined to release his tax returns, arguing that he should not do so because he’s being audited. He would be the first major party presidential nominee not to make his taxes public since Richard Nixon.

“He’s not worth nearly as much as he claims to be, that’s a secret he doesn’t want anyone to know,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “Simply put, Trump is faking his net worth because he doesn’t want us to know that he’s not a good businessman.”

This was not the first time that Reid has taken this tack. In 2012, he alleged that then-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had not paid taxes in over a decade, citing an anonymous source. That was revealed to be untrue when Romney released his returns, but Reid never apologized.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has released tax returns dating back to 1977.

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