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.