Dirty Harry ➠ The 12 Craziest, Most Insane, Looniest Things Harry Reid Has Said & Done
In honor of Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid’s announced 2017 departure from the Senate, The Daily Caller News Foundation has assembled just a few of the craziest, most insane, looniest things the gentleman from Nevada has shared with us over his decades in office.
1. Oh, the Asian jokes…
Reid apologized in August for for making a few offensive and super lame Asian jokes at an Asian Chamber of Commerce event. “I don’t think you’re smarter than everybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,” Reid said to a few laughs. Then he quipped, “One problem I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.”
He later said the jokes were in very poor taste: “Sometimes I say the wrong thing.” (VIDEO: Harry Reid Jokes About Asians)
2. That thing he said about Obama…
Reid personally apologized to President Barack Obama in 2010 for saying Obama’s “light-skin” and lack of “a Negro dialect” would help his presidential campaign in 2008. His comments were recorded in the book “Game Changer.”
“He [Reid] was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama – a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’ as he later put it privately.” Reid later said he “deeply regrets” using those words. (RELATED: Reid Condemns Rancher For Racist Comments)
3. Nuking the Senate…
In 2013, Reid damaged the Senate by changing the way judicial and executive nominees are confirmed. The move, known as the nuclear option, lowered the number of votes needed to confirm appointees from 60 to 51, which dealt a serious blow to the traditionally strong power of the minority party. The rule change allowed the Democrat-controlled Senate to push through several contentious appointees. (RELATED: Thanks To Nuclear Option, Senate Dems Confirm Radical Judge)
4. “That’s a clown question, bro”…
Reid borrowed a then-viral line from a baseball player to deflect an immigration question in 2012, saying “That’s a clown question, bro.”
The Nevada baseball player, Bryce Harper, had used the response to deflect a question about a game-winning home run, and his comment went viral. About a week later, a reporter asked Reid a question about immigration, and after a long pause he said, “I don’t want to answer that question. That’s a clown question, bro.” (RELATED: Reid Steals Bryce Harper Line To Deflect Immigration Question)
5. Just lying about Mitt…
Reid made a completely unfounded accusation in 2012 that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney hadn’t paid his taxes. “He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years!” he told the Huffington Post. “Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain. But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?” The claim was based on an anonymous source and was later completely discredited. (RELATED: The Source Of Harry Reid’s Lie)
6. That stinky American rabble…
Reid expressed relief when the Capitol Visitor Center was completed in 2008 because he would no longer have to deal with smelly tourists. “My staff has always said, ‘Don’t say this,’ but I’m going to say it again because it’s so descriptive, because it’s true,’” he said at the dedication. “In the summertime, because [of]the high humidity and how hot it gets here, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol.”
7. What’s an Internet…?
After successfully shepherding Obamacare through the Senate, Reid had a hard time dealing with the law’s flawed implementation and blamed the horrendous roll out of Healthcare.gov on old people’s inability to comprehend and use the Internet.
“There are some people who are not like my grandchildren, who can handle everything so easy on the Internet,” he explained in March of 2014. “And these people need a little extra time. The example they gave is, a 63-year-old woman came in and said ‘I almost got it, [but]every time I was just about got there, it would cut me off.’ We have a lot of people just like this, through no fault of the Internet, but because people are not educated on how to use the Internet,” he concluded.” (RELATED: Reid Blames Healthcare.Gov Mistakes On People’s Inability To Use Internet) More