On Tuesday, Trump New York co-chair Carl Paladino fauxpologized for insinuating that First Lady Michelle Obama is a monkey who should go live in Africa with other monkeys.
Recently, Paladino drew fire for saying saying his hope for 2017 was that President Obama dies from mad cow disease after having sexual relations with a Hereford cow. When asked what he wanted to see “go away” in 2017, he explained that he would like to see Michelle Obama “return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with” a gorilla.” Here are his remarks in full, in case you missed it:
1. What would you most like to happen in 2017? Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarret, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her.
2. What would you like to see go away in 2017? Michelle Obama. I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.
After days of outrage and a rather hilarious denunciation by his own son on Christmas Eve (can you imagine that awkward family dinner?), Paladino finally offered what is supposed to be an apology for his actions by saying a bunch more racist sh*t:
I never intended to hurt the minority community who I spent years trying to help out of the cycle of poverty in our inner cities. I apologize. I thought about them every day as I fought against unqualified and incompetent superintendents, administrators, teachers and School Board members, unfair union contracts, broken homes and children who can’t get the education they need to break that cycle of poverty because our school system is a failure, for reasons that needn’t be. I have shown those who chose not to watch but to enter the arena how to fight the demons. Nevertheless, I won’t be judged by those timid souls who sit uninvolved in the gallery always prepared to criticize. Nor do I have any respect or regrets for the insane education activists who hover over and defend the dysfunction of the BPS.
I received Jamie Moses’ emailed survey at an emotional moment after I had just listened to Obama’s statement that he regretted the slaughter in Aleppo that, in fact, resulted from his failed and cowardly foreign policy. His policy is to look the other way while innocent people were murdered and starved. I view Barack Obama as a traitor to American values. We don’t stand down and leave soldiers to die on a battlefield when we can send help. We don’t lie to the American people and the parents of our fallen to get re-elected. Obama has not led America to a better place by disregarding the rule of law and standing with his elitist brethren as above the law; nor has his wife Michele Obama who told our children and the world after the election that now there is no hope for America.
“Those survey questions provided me with the spark to vent and write deprecating humor about a bad President for whom the main stream media continues to seek an undeserved legacy,” Paladino explains. “I wanted to say something as sarcastic and hurtful as possible about the people who are totally responsible for the hurt and suffering of so many others. I was wired up, primed to be human and I made a mistake. I could not have made a worse choice in the words I used to express my feelings.” He adds that no one was really supposed to see it aside from a “couple friends” he trusted to know what a racist he was and accidentally hit “reply” instead of “forward.”
But he wants you to know that he’s the real victim of all of this because he has to explain to his child — who inexplicably considers him her “hero” — how Daddy can be such a racist piece of sh*t:
What is horrible is explaining to my 17 year old daughter how her hero could be so stupid.
What is horrible is watching my family and friends react to the rabid hordes of attacking parasites we now call activist progressives.
“It’s been a sick, combative year for America. We changed the direction of our country and beat back the demons for a few decades. I am proud to have been a part of the making of history,” he continued, before attacking everyone who criticized him for being awful:
As for the vanquished progressive haters out there spewing their venom at anything that is a reminder of their humiliating defeat, irrelevance is tough to chew on.
For the mean-spirited, disoriented press trying to find grounding and recover legitimacy on my back, pray that you still have a job next year because you have lost all credibility with the people.
Then, apparently having decided that his foot was not already lodged far enough in his mouth, he decided to perpetuate the racist myth that all black people are poor and uneducated:
No, I’m not leaving the school board, not when it’s time to help implement the real choice elements of Trump’s plan for education reform. I’ve spent years dedicated to the mission to defeat the thought that the liberal progressive elitist establishment can continue to hold our minority children captive in the cycle of poverty simply to provide their voting base. I don’t intend to yield to the fanatics among my adversaries. I certainly am not a racist.
You might assume that Paladino is just some random nutjob who supports Donald Trump — and he is — but this hurtful myth about African-Americans was pushed by the fuhrer — excuse me, the President-elect — himself during his campaign.
Classifying the “inner cities” (where all black people apparently live) as “war zones,” Trump explained that African-Americans are all impoverished, unemployed, and uneducated:
African-Americans, the inner cities, [it’s] devastating what’s happened to our inner cities. She’s been talking about [it] for years, but as usual, nothing happens. She doesn’t get it done. Same with the Latino and Hispanic Americans — the same, exact thing. They talk, they don’t get it done. You go into the inner cities, 45% poverty. African-Americans, 45% poverty in the inner cities. The education is a disaster. Jobs are essentially nonexistent.
One thing we can not do is write off anyone close to Trump who speaks this way. This isn’t an “accident” or a “slip” or something he said when he was “wired up.” This is what Paladino and at least half of Trump supporters believe. This is the attitude that drives their policy decisions. Paladino is just one of many “deplorables” in the “basket.” And unfortunately, his beliefs match those of the man at the center of it all — our next, and possibly last, President.
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