Fresh Off of Saying ‘Shylock,’ Joe Biden Calls Asia the ‘Orient’ and Throws in Stereotype for Good Measure

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US Vice President Joe Biden attends the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC, February 2, 2012.
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Proving again that, yes, he is your accidentally racist grandma, Vice President Joe Biden continues to offend minority groups without malice. Biden already offended Jews this week — it’s only Wednesday — when he referred to shady lenders as “Shylocks,” but today’s gaffe was truly prodigious, as he managed to combine an antiquated, other-izing term with a cultural stereotype.

Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, Biden told a group in Iowa, “is the wisest man in the Orient.” (At least it was a vaguely positive stereotype?)

Biden, meanwhile, remains the wackiest old coot in the west. At this point, he’s basically Selina Meyer, but with less of a chance to become president.

After ‘Shylock,’ Biden Calls Asia the ‘Orient’