On Wednesday Vice President Joe Biden apologized for using the term “Shylock,” which is considered by many to be anti-Semitic.
Biden then gave a speech in which he referred to Asia as “the Orient,” another term that is considered to be offensive as it is generally appropriate for describing inanimate objects but not people.
“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.”
On Tuesday in a conference marking the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, Biden used the term “Shylocks” in a speech. And in an attempt to praise Singapore’s first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, on Wednesday Biden called him the ‘wisest man in the Orient.’
Ninio Fetalvo, the Asian-American spokesman for the Republican National Committee, issued a statement demanding apology for Joe Biden.
“Vice President Joe Biden’s insensitive remarks are offensive to both Asian-Americans and our Asian allies abroad. His comment is not only disrespectful but also uses unacceptable imperialist undertones. It’s time for the vice president to apologize and to understand that his comments embarrass our country.”
Biden has yet again raised another controversy by praising former Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) in the Democratic National Committee Women’s Leadership Forum, Washington, D.C.
“There will always be some man raising his hand to someone weaker physically, whether it’s a woman or a child or a man. But success will come when the societal attitude changes and not a single woman in America asks herself the question, ‘What did I do? What did I do?’… Never, never, never is it the woman’s fault.”
Joe Biden then mentioned his some of the favorite former Republican senators while talking about the upcoming elections and how the Republican Party is now what it was earlier.
“This is not your father’s Republican Party. This is a different breed of cat. It’s Republicans that were involved, guys like [Charles] Mac Mathias, [Bob] Packwood and so many others.”
The statement turned out to be an unfortunate one as the former Oregon Senator Bob Packwood has to resign from the Senate in 1995, after sexual harassment charges from several women. He was also accused of editing portions of his diary to conceal some of his past episodes with women.