Trump Ally Paladino Apologizes For Racist Comments, Then Calls President Obama A ‘Traitor’
Paladino Apologizes (Sort Of)
After saying he wished that President Obama would die of mad cow disease, and that Michelle Obama should be “let loose on the outback of Zimbabwe,” Carl Paladino, the co-chair of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in New York has apologized, Syracuse.com reports.
“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 … To them I apologize.”
His apology didn’t stop him from defiantly criticizing the 20,000 people who have signed petitions asking him to resign from the Buffalo School Board. It also didn’t stop him from continuing his attack on Obama’s record as president.
Paladino, a New York real estate developer, has vowed to remain on the school board, Slate reports.
He wrote the offensive remarks in responding to a questionnaire from Artvoice, a local publication. In it, he said his wish for 2017 was for President Obama to die of mad cow disease, “after being caught having relations with a [cow],” and for Michelle Obama “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.” He also had ideas for Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to Obama. He thought she should be decapitated by “a Jihady cell mate” while serving time in prison.
He apologized for his racist remarks in an open letter to Artvoice, but it was a half-hearted apology at best and he went on to attack the Obamas, as well as the aforementioned critics who have demanded he step down from his school board position:
“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 [sic] Obama who told our children and the world after the election that now ‘there is no hope for America,’”
Then he called Obama a traitor to American and wrote:
“I filled out the survey to send to a couple of friends and forwarded it to them not realizing that I didn’t hit ‘forward’ I hit ‘reply.’ All men make mistakes.”
“What is horrible is explaining to my 17-year-old daughter how her hero could be so stupid.”
Followed by this:
“What is horrible is watching my family and friends react to the rabid hordes of attacking parasites we now call activist progressives.”
Followed by a volley of other mind-numbing remarks:
“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.”
“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.”
Paladino earlier maintained his comments about the nation’s first black president and First Lady had “nothing to do with race.”
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His offensive remarks drew plenty of condemnation. The Huffington Post reported that even his own son, William Paladino, said the remarks were “disrespectful and absolutely unnecessary” in a statement, attempting to distance the family business from his father, who is the company’s founder.
A number of political and education leaders also spoke out. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo denounced his remarks in a statement, calling them “racist, ugly and reprehensible,” Politico reports.
But Paladino insists he’s not leaving
“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,” he wrote in his statement Tuesday. “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.”
However, he may not have a say in the matter.
Regent Catherine Collins confirmed to the Buffalo News that she’s already discussed Paladino’s comments with state Education Commission MaryEllen Elia and state Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa. Both are investigating what actions the state can legally use to remove Paladino from the board.
In a statement, Rosa said Paladino’s language “does not belong within the context of our communities and our schools.”
ICYMI:A personal statement by Betty A. Rosa on remarks by Carl Paladino: pic.twitter.com/Ixl9Z6JGGT
— NYS Education Dept (@NYSEDNews) December 27, 2016
The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization has also called for his removal, and one petition requesting his removal is still circulating.
Elia has the authority to remove Paladino, NewYorkUpstate.com reports, but she hasn’t commented on the situation as yet.
In the video below, Paladino discusses his “apology.”
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Photo by Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images
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