Harry Reid was caught on video making what many are calling racially insensitive jokes to the Asian Chamber of Commerce, and although many can be heard laughing in the audio, they voted to support the Republican against the Democrat Reid was pushing.
Here are the jokes he made:
“I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,” Reid, a Nevada Democrat, told the guffawing crowd at the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. Video of the remarks was recorded by the Republican opposition research group American Rising.
Later, before walking off stage, Reid quipped: “One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.”
The group chose to back Republican Mark Hutchison for Lieutenant Governor instead of Reid's candidate, Lucy Flores, even though he apologized later:
“My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize,” Reid said in a statement to TIME after publication of this story. “Sometimes I say the wrong thing.”
This is not the first time Reid has made questionable comments, unfortunately. The Democratic Senate Majority Leader once famously said of Barack Obama that he is “light-skinned” with “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” He also apologized for that remark.
If this were a Republican, there would be widespread media outcry by now. So where's the news media's outrage now?