Harry Reid’s gaffe against Asians (delivered to an Asian audience by the way) were just plain “wong.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was forced to backtrack, as he’s done many times already, apologizing on Friday for his contentious comments he made while speaking at the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas.
“The Asian population is so productive. I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,” Reid said, and then later, when the chairman came back to the platform and asked for Harry Wong, Reid sidled back up to the mic and told everyone that he has a problem “keeping my Wongs straight.”
Both times, polite laughter surfaced from the crowd, but with all such things, the outcry tends to come later.
According to politico.com, Reid offered a mea culpa: “My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing.”
Reid, race and all things politically correct just don’t mix. Consider:
The Nevada Senator once described President Obama as having “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” He apologized for that.
In 2010, Reid said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was the "hottest member" of the Senate. She was sitting just a few feet away. Not racist, but certainly a bit of a gaffe.
Here’s a video of Reid talking about “smelly tourists” visiting the Capitol Visitors Center.
Also in 2010, Reid trotted out this line: “I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK.”
Ironically, Reid has also led the charge for the Washington Redskins to change their “racist” name.
Twitter lit up with some interesting things after Reid’s Asian observations:
After hearing what Harry Reid about Asians. I'm going to become a Democrat. You can get away with anything. – @KatMcKinley
If you want proof of a double standard in media and politics, consider that @HarryReid will have a job in the morning. – @KevinNR