Yes, it was a joke, but that was an unclassy, carelessly carried out by Toni.
Remember Sen. John Kerry said “You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq. …”
John held a press conference claimed it was a "botched joke
", but still he got hammered by the media.