Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) borrowed the phrase of his fellow Nevadan-turned-Washington figure, Nationals’ outfielder Bryce Harper, on Tuesday in response to a question from a reporter.

“That’s a clown question, bro,” Reid said after Steven T. Dennis of Roll Call asked a question about the Republicans’ position on the DREAM Act.

Reid is a Harper fan and has previously invoked Harper’s name to complain about the hold that anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist has over Republicans, noting that Norquist is the most powerful man in Washington — not Harper, as many people may believe.

Here’s the clip of Harper making the remark, which went viral, to a reporter in Toronto last week.


Staff reporter Rosalind S. Helderman contributed to this post.