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Trump Official Who Hopes Michelle Obama ‘Returns to Being Male’ and Lives With a Gorilla Now Says He’s Not Racist

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‘I Certainly Am Not a Racist’ Says Paladino

Tea Party Republican Carl Paladino once again is insisting he is not racist. Donald Trump‘s New York campaign co-chair who once ran for governor but now sits on a Buffalo school board is trying to walk back comments he made last week to an alternative weekly upstate newspaper.

“Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Her[e]ford” cow, Paladino said, describing his hopes for 2017 to the newspaper Artvoice. “He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarret[t],” he continued, referring to President Barack Obama’s senior advisor, “who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady [sic] cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her,” Paladino concluded.

But he did not stop there.

Asked what he wants to see go next year, he replied, “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.”

On Tuesday, Buffalo, New York talk radio station WBEN published Paladino’s extremely long self-aggrandizing statement explaining his remarks last week in which he denies being a racist.

“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,” he writes, claiming he “thought about them every day” as he “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.”

Paladino goes on to excuse his remarks, saying he made them “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, a policy to look the other way while innocent people were murdered and starved.”

“I view Barak [sic] Obama as a traitor to American values,” Paladino continued. “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.'”

The 70-year old Republican who lost the gubernatorial race to Democrat Andrew Cuomo in 2010 by a two-to-one margin had only just begun his remarks.

“I wanted to say something as sarcastic and hurtful as possible about the people so responsible for the hurt and suffering of so many others. I was wired up, primed to be human and make a mistake. I could not have made a worse choice in the words I used to express my feelings,” Paladino claimed, calling his previous remarks “deprecating humor about a bad President for whom the main stream media continues to seek an undeserved legacy.”

“I publicly took responsibility for what I said and confirmed those were my answers, but believe it or not, I did not mean to send those answers to Artvoice,” he wrote.

As NCRM reported, last week Paladino, when asked if he had authored the racist anti-LGBT tirade, not only admitted he had, but bragged about it, telling The Buffalo News that their editors could “go fuck themselves.” 

“Tell that Rod Watson I made that comment just for him,” Paladino said, referring to one of The Buffalo News’ black editors.

Paladino insists he will not resign from the school board, and ends his statement saying, “I certainly am not a racist.”

Unsurprisingly, this is not Paladino’s first time making anti-LGBT and racist remarks.

 

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'SHIRT-TUCKING STAR OF THE BORAT SEQUEL'

George Conway Muses if Giuliani Was Dropped ‘On His Head’ and Warns He’s ‘Going to Go Through Some Things’

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Conservative attorney George Conway is warning former Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani he may be “going to go through some things.”

“The quoted words,” he explains in a just-published Washington Post op-ed, “come from the former president’s supposedly ‘perfect’ phone call with Ukraine’s president, and described what could happen to the American ambassador there, Marie L. Yovanovitch.”

Those “things” Giuliani may go through include “possibly being charged with a crime.”

Giuliani’s home and office were raided by the feds last week, and Conway says “the investigation marks yet another step in Giuliani’s unimaginable fall from grace. The once-respected former federal prosecutor, New York mayor (‘America’s mayor’!), presidential candidate and possible Cabinet pick, stands reduced to a laughingstock: shirt-tucking star of the ‘Borat’ sequel, headliner for a news conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, and now defendant in a $1.3 billion defamation suit for having claimed that the long-dead Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez founded a voting software company that helped steal the presidency from Trump.”

He also calls Giuliani a peddler of “nutso election-fraud claims,” and says he “had firmly established himself as one of the world’s worst lawyers. He’s the bumbler who blurted out on national TV that his client, Individual-1, had reimbursed a $130,000 payment made to a porn star, a transaction that triggered a sprawling and ongoing New York grand jury investigation into Trump’s overall business affairs.”

“All this boggles the mind of anyone who has followed Giuliani’s lengthy career. It’s as though someone dropped him on his head.”

Conway offers some free advice to Giuliani and Trump:

“If Giuliani has anything to offer prosecutors to save himself, it would have to be Trump, the only bigger fish left. And it was arguably criminal for the then-president to have used his official powers to try to coerce foreign officials into aiding his reelection campaign. In fact, Giuliani’s admission that he wasn’t conducting foreign policy, but merely helping Trump personally, is exactly what would make the scheme prosecutable. The former guy just might want to rethink stiffing Giuliani on those bills.”

Read the entire op-ed here.

 

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'THROWING RED MEAT TO THE RABBLE'

‘Tyranny’: Liz Cheney’s Likely Replacement Says Twitter Suspensions Are ‘Unconstitutional’

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U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is the most-likely the next Chair of the House Republican Conference after embattled Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), who has served in that role for the past two years, is getting pushed out fast.

House Republicans want Cheney out of leadership because she publicly refuted “The Big Lie” and repeatedly stated a simple fact: Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden.

It’s no secret that Cheney is a hard core conservative, and has been her entire life (remember her very public spats with her sister, a lesbian, over same-sex marriage?) Stefanik, meanwhile, has been tidying-up her far right bona fides. In February she voted against the LGBTQ Equality Act, after having voted for it in 2019.

But speaking that one fact – that Biden won fair and square – is sufficient for the Republican Party to boot a member of Congress (and daughter of a former GOP vice president,) who voted with Trump 92.9% of the time – far more than Stefanik.

Yet Stefanik fits the bill. Despite having a bachelor’s from Harvard and despite getting elected in 2014 at the age of 30 – making her the youngest woman ever elected to Congress (Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also of New York, took that title away from Stefanik by getting elected at age 29) – she is playing the role of ignorant and out-of-control MAGA acolyte, and Republicans are thrilled.

CNN’s Daniel Dale has written about Stefanik’s election lies, and posted some of them to Twitter.

Stefanik is still playing to the rubes, as she did Thursday morning when she lied that Twitter temporarily suspending her communications director (apparently by mistake, and rectified within hours) is “unconstitutional” and “tyranny.”

She was quickly mocked.

 

 

 

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THIS IS WHAT DISENFRANCHISEMENT LOOKS LIKE

‘That’s Not Normal’: DeSantis Signs Voter Suppression Bill Into Law – Bars All Local News but Gives Fox ‘Exclusive’

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Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis Thursday morning signed a voter suppression bill into law that massively restricts access to the ballot box, following the lead of Georgia GOP Governor Brian Kemp. DeSantis, a Trump acolyte rumored to be a possible vice presidential choice should the former president decide and be able to run in 2024, barred all local news outlets from covering the event for Florida citizens.

But the Florida Governor did allow one media entity to broadcast the signing: Fox News, as Media Matters’ Matthew Gertz notes:

Jay O’Brien, reporter for CBS12 News covering Florida politics:

Voting rights expert, Mother Jones’ Ari Berman, called the move “extremely telling.”

Here’s DeSantis signing the bill on Fox News:

Reporters caught DeSantis exiting the hotel through a back door. He bragged about him signing the bill on “national news.”

 

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