He’s definitely not wishing the Obamas a Merry Christmas.
New York State Developer Carl Paladino (above, insert) has come under fire for derogatory and racist comments he made on his 2017 “wish list” — which included hoping that Barack Obama dies from mad cow disease and Michelle Obama lives with a gorilla in an African cave.
Paladino, who co-chaired Donald Trump‘s New York campaign, is refusing to back down from the offensive remarks of what he would “most like to happen in 2017.”
The irreverent response came after a series of questions from Artvoice was emailed to prominent figures within the western New York community about what they would like to see in the upcoming year — to which the 70-year-old said:
“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.”
Sure, his response is CLEARLY facetious — but Paladino definitely crosses a line when he talks about the First Lady being what he would “most like to see go in 2017,” continuing:
“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.”
Well, he just went from cranky, sick commentator to racist grinch real quick.
The Buffalo School Board member told The Buffalo News he “of course” made the comments, and said any inquiring journalists can “go f*ck themselves.”
Paladino made it clear he echoed Trump’s stance against political correctness, adding:
“Yeah, I’m not politically correct. They asked what I want and I told them.”
You sure did — and people aren’t happy about it!
On Friday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling for Paladino to resign immediately from the Buffalo School Board, saying in a statement:
“These comments harken back to the darkest days of racism in our nation’s history. Anyone who has these beliefs is unfit to hold public office and especially unfit to oversee the education of children.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo weighed in on the controversy, issuing his own statement:
“Paladino 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 behavior defies any rational analysis and he has no credibility, his words are still jarring. 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.”
Even Trump’s transition team called the comments “absolutely reprehensible,” saying Paladino’s words “serve no place in our public discourse” in a statement.
Hopefully, Paladino has a Scrooge-like transformation over the holidays and learns how to get his point across without spewing out hateful, discriminatory remarks.
But we’re not holding our breath for a Christmas miracle.