Carl Paladino, the former co-chair of President-elect Donald Trump’s New York campaign and the Republican nominee for governor of New York in 2010, told a Buffalo arts publication that his wishes for 2017 included President Barack Obama dying of mad cow disease and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, “return to being a male.”
The Buffalo developer and member of ths local school board made the statements to Artvoice when asked what he wished to see happen in 2017.
“Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford,” he said. “He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarrett, 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.”
Paladino then moved on to his racially charged comment about Michelle.
“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.”
The Buffalo News reached out to Paladino to verify the comments. He confirmed he did before attacking the newspaper’s editors for asking.
“Of course I did,” Paladino told the publication Friday. “Tell them to all go f— themselves.”
“Tell that Rod Watson I made that comment just for him,” he continued. Watson, an editor and columnist at the publication, is black.
Paladino met with Trump earlier this month at Trump Tower, but did not divulge what he discussed with the president-elect.
The Trump transition team did not immediately return a request for comment about Paladino’s remarks, but in a subsequent statement to a local reporter, Paladino said the comments had “nothing to do with race.”
“That’s the typical stance of the press when they can’t otherwise defend the acts of the person being attacked,” he said, later adding that Michelle “hated America before her husband won” and calling Barack “a yellow-bellied coward who left thousands to die in Syria.”
Paladino also called his statements “old style humour”
The remarks were swiftly condemned by many.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement calling the remarks “racist, ugly, and reprehensible,” adding his former opponent “has a long history of racist and incendiary comments.”
“While most New Yorkers know Mr. Paladino is not to be taken seriously, as his erratic behaviour defies any rational analysis and he has no credibility, his words are still jarring,” Cuomo said. “His remarks do not reflect the sentiments or opinions of any real New Yorker and he has embarrassed the good people of the state with his latest hate-filled rage.”
A fellow Buffalo school board member added that the comments were “most assuredly about race.”
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