Top Ten Craziest Things Harry Reid Has Ever Said and Done
1. The Asian jokes Reid apologized in August 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.”
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. …
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. …
. 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. …” The claim was based on an anonymous source and was later completely discredited.
. 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.
. The Americans are lying thing
Reid also had a hard time dealing with the Obamacare horror stories that began to come in, and declared all of them to be complete lies. “There’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they’re being told all over America,” he said on the Senate floor in February 2014. …
A month later, Reid denied he “never said a word” on the floor about those Obamacare stories.
. That Koch addiction
On the topic of Charles and David Koch, Reid became completely obsessed with the wealthy conservative brothers. His Koch addiction even affected his professional life, taking over his Senate website. He posted a list of “facts” about the brothers, violating strict rules prohibiting the use of senators’ .gov websites for personal or political purposes. Reid later removed the piece under pressure.
. No Hispanics Allowed
While campaigning in Nevada in 2010, Reid spoke incredulously of Hispanic Republicans. “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK,” he said to an audience full of Hispanic voters. “Do I need to say more?”
. Clarence Thomas is what now?
Following the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision last year to allow for-profit businesses not to provide their employees with contraceptives on religious grounds, Reid let it slip that he thinks Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is white. “This Hobby Lobby decision is outrageous, and we’re going to do something about it,” he told reporters. The Senate will act to “ensure that women’s lives are not determined by virtue of five white men,” he said. But Thomas, one of the five justices who sided with Hobby Lobby, is black. Whoops.
. A Lesson in anarchy
In 2013, Reid said the tea party is an anarchist movement comparable to the violent anarchists some say started World War I. “They did damage to property and they did physical damage to people,” he said in an interview on KNPR. “The modern anarchists don’t do that — that’s the tea party,” he admitted. “But they have the same philosophy as the early anarchists: They do not believe in government. Anytime something bad happens to government, that’s a victory for them. And that’s what happened. We have absolute gridlock created by a group of people who represent few Americans.”