Michael Steele Mocks Jon Huntsman’s Mandarin During Debate: ‘I Thought He Was Ordering Take Out!’

During a discussion on Jon Huntsman‘s use of Mandarin during the Republican debate, MSNBC contributor, and former head of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele mocked the former Utah governor, saying “I thought he was ordering takeout.”

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A visibly perturbed Mika Brzezinski immediately intervened. “Oh, stop it!” she pleaded.

Politico’s Tim Mak notes that Huntsman himself made a similar Chinese food joke on the Colbert Report.

Joe Scarborough had earlier compared Huntsman’s use of Mandarin to Mitt Romney’s gaffe saying he liked to fire people. “You don’t speak Mandarin during a Republican debate!”

Watch Michael Steele’s Chinese Food joke below via MSNBC:

(h/t Politico)

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