On the Senate floor Friday, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid heaped praise on Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer for his efforts to pass Hurricane Sandy relief. But in his usual rhetorical overreach, Dingy Harry managed to insult the entire Gulf Coast region devastated by Katrina. Reid’s foot, meet Reid’s mouth:
The people of New Orleans and that area, they were hurt but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New York and New Jersey. Almost 1 million people have lost their homes; 1 million people lost their homes. That is homes, that is not people in those homes. So I think it is just unfortunate that we do not have the relief for New York and New Jersey and the rest already. It has to be done. We have to meet the needs of the American people when an act of God occurs.
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Outrage poured in swiftly from the right, left, and center across social media:
Local Louisiana media outlets are picking up on the gaffetastic Reid’s remarks. But where’s the national media?
We already know where the Congressional Black Caucus would be if a Republican had made these same comments: at the front of the line to MSNBC’s studios to condemn the RAAAACISM.
And oh, yes. Paging Kanye West!
Stole the words right out of our fingertips!