July 27, 2016

Harry Reid Says Awful Things: A Best of List

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has made a political career of offending various groups of people with wildly inappropriate comments. Most famously, Reid got into hot water when he said that President Obama had electoral appeal because he was “light-skinned” and did not have a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one”:

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized today for private remarks quoted in an upcoming book in which he promoted then-presidential candidate Barack Obama’s racial appeal as a ‘light-skinned’ African-American. Reid was convinced Obama’s race would help him in the 2008 campaign for president, believing the country was ready for a black president and noting that Obama speaks ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’ according to reports of the book ‘Game Change,’ by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.”

The list of offensive statements by Reid is quite long. See below for some of the worst things Harry Reid has said during his time in Washington:

  • Speaking to the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce, Reid said that ‘one problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.’”
  • Reid said that his Senate staff was “far too fat.”
  • Reid introduced a member of his staff to reporter by calling him “the biggest pest in Washington.”
  • Reid called Justice Clarence Thomas “an embarrassment to the Supreme Court”
  • Reid called Republicans “cowards.”
  • Reid said that he did not know how a Hispanic could be a Republican.
  • Reid called Delaware Senator Chris Coons “my pet.”
  • Reid said that John Kerry had “no friends.”
  • During his 2008 convention speech, Reid called Senator John McCain “old” and a “snake oil” salesman.
  • Reid said that CNN reporter Dana Bash was “irresponsible and reckless.”
  • Reid told the Las Vegas Review Journal that he hoped they went out of business.
  • Reid called General Peter Pace, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “incompetent.”
  • Reid called President George W. Bush’s dog “fat.”