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8.22.2014

Harry Reid makes bad Asian jokes to a room full of Asians

"One problem that I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight."



Awww, come on. When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid addressed the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce this week, he thought he'd get the crowd going with a couple of jokes... and dropped this fine comedic gem: "I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are."

Harry Reid's Joke to Asians: You're Not Smarter Than Everyone Else

Before he got off stage, he capped things off by quipping, "One problem that I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight." His comments, of course, were recorded and proliferated by a Republican opposition group:





On the grand spectrum of Shitty Things Politicians Have Said To and About Asians, this is pretty mild. The comments were also completely unnecessary and unfunny. On top of all that, it also seems that Reid failed to win the crowd over, as the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce has decided not to back Reid's endorsement for Lucy Flores, the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

Senator Reid has subsequently apologized for his comments, calling them "in extremely poor taste," in a statement to TIME. "Sometimes I saw the wrong thing." Yes, you sometimes do.

Harry Reid Makes Fun of Asians at Asian Chamber of Commerce Meeting