Senator Harry Reid is known for his rants against the “1%” and evil Republican moneyed types. Never mind that Reid stays in the Ritz Carlton when he’s in D.C. or that he’s worth over 6 million bucks, of course.

Ambush journalist, Jason Mattera, caught up with Senator Reid and asked him about his wealth.

“Hey Senator Reid? Let me introduce myself, Jason Mattera. Hi. How’d you become so rich working in government? How does someone on a government salary most of their career accumulate your type of wealth?”

Reid remained silent.

At which point one of his security guards tossed Mattera up against a wall and demanded repeatedly, “Are you press?”  Take a look:

A disproportionate response to a very legitimate question in a very legitimate place, for sure.

Follow Kemberlee Kaye on Twitter