Biden upset some when he used an outdated and insensitive term to describe Asia, reports ABC News.
“You know, on the way back from Mumbai to go meet with President Xi in China, I stopped in Singapore to meet with a guy named Lee Kuan Yew, who most foreign policy experts around the world say is the wisest man in the Orient,” Biden said.
The Republicans happy to turn the tables on the Democrats jumped on the remark almost immediately.
“Vice President Joe Biden’s insensitive remarks are offensive to both Asian-Americans and our Asian allies abroad,” said the GOP’s Asian American spokesman Ninio Fetalvo.
Earlier in the day, the Vice President apologized for using the word shylock to describe bankers who take advantage of American troops returning from overseas. The term can be considered anti-semitic.
Biden has twice made insensitive remarks about Indian Americans. Once he said “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking. ” Another time he used an Indian accent when talking about outsourced call workers.