Republican Nebraska state Sen. Mike Groene received harsh criticism after making "racist" comments on the floor of the legislature.
Groene called Sen. Mike Flood, who owns a broadcast company, a "media Mongol" instead of a "media mogul."
The Republican lawmaker then made things worse.
"I think he's got mixed heritage, so that qualifies him as a .. mongrel and he's aggressive so that does qualify him sometimes as a Mongol," Groene said, as reported by the Omaha World-Herald.
Sen. Matt Hansen said the comments had "deeply offended" his constituents.
"I want the body to stand up and show a bit of backbone and say, hey, at a minimum, you shouldn't be racist on the microphone," Hansen said.
Groene refused to apologize.
"I stand by my words ... and I'm not going to apologize," Groene said.