This happened over the weekend: BuzzFeed reported that a South Carolina Democrat said a dumb, racist thing about Republican Governor Nikki Haley:

South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian, a trial lawyer, longtime Democratic leader, and legendary figure in local politics, reportedly told a South Carolina Democratic Party dinner that the Democratic challenger would send "Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from."

Haley was born in South Carolina. Her parents are from India.

And then Huffington Post says Harpootlian lamely tried to backpedal:

Politico's Jonathan Martin reported that when asked to clarify what he meant by "where she came from," Harpootlian said, “Lexington County.. she was born in Bamberg [South Carolina] and lived in Lexington. Anybody implying anything different is attempting to feign insult.”

Nope! This insincere bullshit doesn't work when Republicans try it, and it won't work when Democrats try it, either. Until he owns up to his mistake, Harpootlian should be reminded of his racist words on a daily basis. This kind of thing is no less shameful when a Democrat does it.