In the days preceding Sunday’s House vote on health reform, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Glenn Beck began referring to the reform effort as akin to a Japanese bombing attack. “Nancy Pelosi, I think, has got them all liquored up on sake and you know, they’re making a suicide run here,” Graham said. Graham tried to justify his remarks, saying they were not racial because his “comments really reflect the fanaticism of the Democratic leadership” and that he could have said moonshine, instead of sake. Today on Newsmax, Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) echoed Graham, saying Democrats are putting “red bandanas on their head” to go on a Kamikaze mission:
KIT BOND: I think it may be more accurate to say they put red bandanas on their head, took a drink of sake, and went out on what I believe to be a Kamikaze mission.
In an interview with ThinkProgress last week, Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) — a Japanese-American who was placed in a prison camp for Japanese-Americans during World War 2 — said Graham’s comments were offensive and racist. Honda noted that in times of economic calamity, there’s usually an “ignorant politician” who will “scapegoat a group of people,” especially Asian Americans, for political gain.