During last night’s debate in Indiana, incumbent Dem Senator Joe Donnelly raised more than a few eyebrows with some “odd phrasing” while attempting to praise some of his staffers.

“Our state director is Indian American, but he does an amazing job,” said the senator:

What’s with the “but”? He then used the same construction to talk about an African American staffer:

It does remind us of Michael Scott from “The Office”:

“WTF” is right:

And it’s not just us. Colby Itkowitz from the Washington Post’s Fix blog writes:

These are the things Veep writer’s dreams are made of — tone deaf statements probably meant well, but totally offensive.

And Fox News’ Bret Baier asks the question:

And here’s the answer:

It will pass.

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