Senate majority leader Harry Reid rattled off a couple of race-based jokes to an Asian audience, according to new video from American Rising.
Speaking before the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, Reid commends them on their success and says, “I don’t think you’re smarter than anyone else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are.”
Later, Reid admitted he struggles with telling some of the event’s participants apart. “One problem I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight,” he said.
While on the campaign trail in 2010, Reid criticized Republican challenger Sharron Angle for her own “Asian” comments. Angle came under fire for telling a group of Hispanic students that “some of you look a little more Asian to me.”
UPDATE: The Hill’s Jesse Byrnes tweeted that Reid has apologized for his comments:
From Sen. Reid to me in a statement re: video: “My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing.”— Jesse Byrnes (@jessebyrnes) August 22, 2014