The Republican race-baiting continues
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A state Republican activist has admitted to and apologized for calling a gorilla that escaped from the Riverbanks Zoo Friday an "ancestor" of First Lady Michelle Obama.
A screen capture of the comment, made on the Internet site Facebook, was obtained by FITSNews, the website of South Carolina politico Will Folks.
The image shows a post by an aide to state Attorney General Henry McMaster describing Friday morning's gorilla escape at Columbia's Riverbanks Zoo.
Longtime SCGOP activist and former state Senate candidate Rusty DePass responded with the comment, "I'm sure it's just one of Michelle's ancestors - probably harmless."
And as always with Republican "apologies" when the mask slips, it's got a caveat attached:
DePass took his apology a bit further. He also said, "The comment was hers. Not mine," saying the first lady made statements in the media recently saying we are all descendents of apes.
But an Internet search for those comments turned up no news articles of the like.
ah, the ever-popular "she said it first!" response, so useful to wingnuts when they're called on their racism. (And probably a dig at evolution, since liberal Darwin-worshipping atheists like the Obamas think we all descended from apes blah blah flibberty-floo.)
And the original post and comment? Down the memory hole!
The comment has been removed from Facebook. DePass' Facebook page has also been deleted.
I said it before, I'll say it again - it's only a matter of time before one of theirs just goes ahead and pops off with the "N" word. Probably before December, at this rate.
(Yes, the original news story says "descendents". Blogger and Firefox both tell me it's supposed to be "descendants". Which it should be. Gotta love the care with which local news editors check their copy.)