Kasim Reed on why Democrats shouldn’t resist Trump at all costs

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. AJC file.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has refused to join the growing Democratic movement to fight Donald Trump at all costs, and he explained why in an illuminating interview with former Barack Obama aide David Axelrod.

In the hourlong interview, which you can catch here, the two-term mayor was unapologetic about his concerns with the so-called ‘resistance’ movement when Axelrod brought up threats from liberal groups to oppose Democrats who side with Trump on any issue.

“The future of politics is performance. Folks elect you to win and deliver for them. People that don’t have a city to govern have a different responsibility than I do,” Reed said, adding: “There is a difference between being the person who is actually governing and those who are agitating for reform.”

Democrats, he said, have to “be the big party with big views. But we’ve also got to respect election results. You have elections and somebody wins, we should respect that process and not keep an eternal fight going on. If your guy wins, run it. Run it how you want. But this deal that we’re in right now – where you lose and I have to act like you won – doesn’t work for me. And I’m not going to be fake. I believe that you have elections for a reason.”

Reed, who was one of the loudest critics of Trump in Georgia politics, earlier told us he won’t advocate a “hostile relationship” with Trump’s administration but instead will take each of the Republican’s policies on a case-by-case basis.

 


 

The Axelrod podcast touched on Reed’s background: Why he was named Mohammed despite growing up in a family of devout Methodists. How a meeting with Andrew Young as a 13-year-old changed his life. The fallout with his father over his decision to go to Howard University. And his path to becoming an entertainment attorney and then to political office.

Again, you should listen to the entire podcast here.

Reed also predicted Trump’s 2020 re-election strategy thusly: “The bet he’s making is that if he’s the king of jobs, nothing else matters.”

Mayor Kasim Reed talks with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution editorial board. Kent D. Johnson/AJC

And he wagered that Georgia could, depending on the Democratic presidential candidate in three years, be a “dagger in the heart” to Republicans with an investment of at least $25 million.

“The cavalry has never come in Georgia,” he said. “So what Georgia needs is a slow, old-time Boston Celtics offense that walks the ball down the court and sets up a play, and just believes that this can happen.”

Hizzoner minced no words about his goal to run for higher office one day, but again said he was sitting out the 2018 election.

He also offered support for former Acting U.S. Attorney Sally Yates, who became a hero to the left when she defied Trump’s orders to enforce his immigration policy.

“I think my state is going to look better and better. I am thrilled about Sally Yates’ seeming embrace of becoming more and more involved in politics,” he said.

“An individual of her kind and caliber right now … an individual like that on the gubernatorial ballot in ‘18,” he said, trailing off.

 


 

Yates has made no indication that she’ll run for governor next year, but two other sometime-Reed rivals are potential Democratic candidates: House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams is seen as a certainty to run and former state Sen. Jason Carter hasn’t ruled out another bid.

Listen to the entire podcast here.

Reader Comments 0

87 comments
Jimmy Newton
Jimmy Newton

Even so, Kasim Reed will be indicted this year for bribes in city contracts and cooking the books.

Charlotte Pines Farrell
Charlotte Pines Farrell

Saya the Mayor that is CORRUPT and it is all unfolding around hm. Just ask his Dad's Company. POS Politician!

Elizabeth Chapman
Elizabeth Chapman

Reed didn't become Mayor of Atlanta by being Totally Stupid!

Scott O Pratt
Scott O Pratt

How about his thoughts on why industry is moving to away from the city? And why our infrastructure is piss poor

Marvin Junior
Marvin Junior

Anyone with an ounce of common sense is already resisting Trump!

Gene Barton
Gene Barton

Reid should be more concerned about his corruption as Atlanta mayor for now!!

Rob Danner
Rob Danner

This guy is eight terrible person.

Gina Barcourt
Gina Barcourt

Shut up Kasim....you're just trying to get a foot into that DC door. Trump already has his 2 tokens he is NOT interested in you.

Cynthia Reed-Perkins
Cynthia Reed-Perkins

I don't care for him, but I have respect for the highest office in the land. As an American first, I will do what's right and good and true. Everyone resists change, good or bad. We take life one day at a time, and we have to take the next 4 years the same way! Just stand up for your rights, after all, the people elect the politicians. Hold them all accountable!

Kathy Brown
Kathy Brown

Here's what's up. It doesn't matter what Georgians think or say, unless Deal or others in our government have ties to Russia. Kasim Reed may think he is a big fish in the sea or politicians, but if he aint got Putin, he aint gonna get none of Trump.

Karen T Marshall
Karen T Marshall

Reed is such an ignorant racist! He can barely complete a full sentence!

Carrie Peavy
Carrie Peavy

Why not? They had a internal fight against Obama.

Christopher Lee Raley
Christopher Lee Raley

Mmmmmmhhhhh,mmmmmmm Yyyyyyeeeeeessssss Did he go to the same church as Mitzi Bickers? His legacy will be of another thief. Mayor Swamp

Mark Cosby
Mark Cosby

... and that's exactly why the Democratic Party is completely worthless.

Trude Sansbury
Trude Sansbury

Used to think this man would be a great leader after he left office. Don't think so at all anymore. What a shame as he could have crossed race lines. Too late now.

Lynn Bollinger
Lynn Bollinger

What have the Trump people threatened Mr. Reed with? This just doesn't ring true.

Marvin Junior
Marvin Junior

You are not very observant. Trump has threatened minorities gays and women!

Lynn Bollinger
Lynn Bollinger

Shamefully true, but I was thinking of something more personal.

Linda Miller
Linda Miller

Because he isn't a dem, he is a traitor and intern in greedy in charge.

Evelyn Luke
Evelyn Luke

Democrats would work against God if he was elected

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Check the record we everything that has benefited average Americans has been done by Democrats. I know you have selective amnesia and forgot what the right did for the last 8 years.

Tim Pope
Tim Pope

I don't see resistance to Trump as a duty, but resistance to a lot of the things he does IS if you care about the U.S.A., personal freedom, and democracy. He can stop my opposition any time by observing constitutional standards (especially for ethics) and not attacking a free press. Fewer blatant, obvious lies would be nice also.

Tim Pope
Tim Pope

Janet Johnson Bass their may not be evidence, but investigators have made some progress. At this point in the Nixon/Watergate thing, Mr. Nixon had not even been a public suspect. I voted for him and was sure he had nothing to do with it. He actually was burned for lying about deleted records, but several unrelated things came out due to the investigatory process. If lies are a problem, President Trump may be in serious trouble. I don't think he'll be impeached and resign, because the Republican majority are PINOs (Patriots in name only). They ignore any transgressions in their own party and pursue others' peccadilloes endlessly.

Paul Gibson
Paul Gibson

Tim Pope then why does he still have peanut farm? ???

Ginger Webster
Ginger Webster

Obama was never in bed with the Russians. Or at least he was smart enough to not let it get caught on tape.

Janet Johnson Bass
Janet Johnson Bass

Our President Donald John Trump is doing exactly what we Deplorables elected him to do, Make America Great Again\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Janet Johnson Bass
Janet Johnson Bass

So you backed obama and all his UnConstitutional ways? What has our President Donald John Trump done that is UnConstitutional? The Main Stream media is in bed with the Democrats and has attacked our President Donald John Trump for at least 2 years now. They will spread every vicious lie they can to try to stop him draining the swamp and taking back our country!!

Tim Pope
Tim Pope

Janet Johnson Bass, to keep it simple, he has not divested ANY of his business interests. I saw something recently that said President Carter had to get rid of his peanut farm when he was inaugurated. With all the deals Mr. Trump has on line, most of the decisions he makes help or hurt his profits. He is tempted to make decisions based on his OWN interests, not those of the people who elected him. That is SERIOUSLY unethical. You can be a businessman or a President, but you can't be both at the same time. Those are the rules, they protect the people, and every other President has abided by them. They should be enforced on the 45th as on the 1st.

Kathy Hodge
Kathy Hodge

What unconstitutional ways did President Obama have?

Sheron Hilliker Edge
Sheron Hilliker Edge

^^ No. He was in bed with Iran and Saudi Arabia, not the Russians. And not smart about it all all. Got caught sneaking Iran 150 millions dollars, after the few hundred billions he already given them, in an unmarked plane, in the middle of the night, with the money hidden in pallets. Kind of like a third world dictator or a drug lord world do. \U0001f644 And I am sure that wasn't his own money and Iran is also more of a threat to us than Russia. Being that they call America the great Satan and chant death to America all of the time. You liberals have make believe villains and ignore the real deadly threats right in your faces. Smh.

Janet Johnson Bass
Janet Johnson Bass

There is NO proof at all that our President Donald John Trump has made any deals with Russia. obama got caught on camera saying "just wait until I am reelected, then I'll have more leniency". By the way, if he or any of his people had talked to the Russians, how did the obama administration obtain that information? With ILLEGAL wire taps, renember, we have laws and a Constitution to follow. Everyone but obama, that is!!!!

Janet Johnson Bass
Janet Johnson Bass

Our President Donald John Trump turned over all of his businesses to his sons to run. Even if exPresident Carter had gotten rid of his peanut farms, they would have gone to a family member and he went right back and took over once he was out of office. What businesses does our President Donald John Trump have that any decision he could make would put our country in danger? What businesses does he have that could ruin our economy? Our President Donald John Trump is a true business man that loves our United States of America and ALL the legal people of our country which could not be said for obama. obama did everything he could to ruin our Great country. He set thugs against police officers and white people. The very first ILLEGAL, UNCONSTITUTIONAL thing obama and his cronies pushed on the American people was obamacare, the worst, most illegal piece of legislation, that was never read by those that passed it (all Dems), ever!! Just because you didn't see or read it in the 'main stream media' does not mean obama didn't do any and everything he wanted to with the wave of his hand, his cell phone, and his pen. He said he would and he did. Very few things he did actually took LEGAL CONSTITUTIONAL channels to get passed. After his first 2 years of ramming down our throats his agenda, people started rising up and got rid of Democrats across our Great country with every election.

Tim Pope
Tim Pope

Janet Johnson Bass there are legal documents that show the boys run the businesses in REVOCABLE trust. That is legally indefensible as divestiture. It is fine that you obviously love our President, but you, as an American, should know and acknowledge what he is actually doing.

Tim Pope
Tim Pope

Janet Johnson Bass our increased greatness remains to be seen (and no one could strongly improve us in 50 days), but HOW he does it is important. All those who serve in the Federal government are required to avoid "the appearance" of wrongdoing and corruption. Mr. Trump, so far, has repeatedly transgressed that boundary and has not received even a warning. Civil Service people have been fired for less, LITERALLY.

Tim Pope
Tim Pope

Paul Gibson according to old newspaper articles, he DID sell the farm as President. Are you SURE he currently owns one? Their is nothing to keep former President Carter from buying one now, just as a divested President Trump could go back into business after his service is up.

John McQuown
John McQuown

Have to resist until, if ever, Trump behaves and stops twitter-lying

Richard Cowan
Richard Cowan

Trying to change the conversation from your corruption what Dems do best # lock him up

Mike Nunn
Mike Nunn

Not my President Never give in.

Robert C Bergl
Robert C Bergl

Just use Google search, then you'll know who your president is

Beth Iyaman
Beth Iyaman

Robert C Bergl hahahahahahahahaha aaaaahhhhh hhahahahaha