**This post references extremely graphic materials which may be triggering. Topics: racism, sexism, death, bestiality, misgendering**
To say that the language coming out of the Donald Trump campaign this election season has been obscene, racist, and sexist is an understatement. It has reached every depth of disgusting that political language could possibly reach (*cough* “p-ssy grab” *cough*). Even Trump’s surrogates have taken up the language of their leader.
Carl Paladino, President-elect Trump’s New York co-chair and ex-Republican candidate for NY Governor, recently suggested Michelle Obama was actually a man who should live in Africa with gorillas and that he would like President Obama to die of mad cow disease after Valerie Jarrett dies of decapitation.
I’m not making this up.
On Friday, Paladino’s comments were posted on Artvoice after the alternative weekly publication asked various thought leaders and business owners four survey questions about their hopes for 2017. Paladino’s answers to the first two questions went as follows:
Artvoice: What would you most like to happen in 2017?
Paladino: 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.
Artvoice: What would you like to see go away in 2017?
Paladino: 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.
In a statement to Washington Post, Paladino claimed that the comments were not about race.
“It has nothing to do with race,” Paladino said. “That’s the typical stance of the press when they can’t otherwise defend the acts of the person being attacked.”
“It’s about 2 progressive elitist ingrates who have hated their country so badly and destroyed its fabric in so many respects in 8 years,” he added.
Then, in a phone call with The Post later on Friday, Paladino confirmed the comments and his role in the Trump transition process.
“I don’t think Mr. Trump particularly cares what I have to say,” Paladino said. “He knows me. I was active with him, and I still am active with him.”
He continued with, “And that’s it. I’ll say what I feel like saying.”
Paladino, who has been a school board member in NY, has come under fire for racist and sexist language before. One email he sent to local area politicians and media figures featured supposedly “African” men running from a plane as it landed on a runway with the caption “Run, n**ger, run.” (Please note that these are extremely graphic images).
Paladino lost the 2010 gubernatorial race to Governor Andrew Cuomo who, on Friday, released a statement about Paladino’s comments and posted it to Twitter. In it, he calls Paladino’s comment “ugly, racist” and “reprehensible.” He also says that “Paladino has a long history of racist and incendiary comments.”
Carl Paladino made racist, ugly, reprehensible remarks about the President & First Lady. My wish this season is for unity.
Full statement pic.twitter.com/ZHgsrHmHbp
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 23, 2016
Huffington Post also reports that Jennifer Ditto, A Trump spokesperson, released a statement condemning Paladino’s words saying, Paladino’s comments are “absolutely reprehensible” and “they serve no place in our public discourse.”
Frankly, this type of language – like much of Donald Trump’s – has no place anywhere.
Photo courtesy of WGRZ (Carl Paladino)