A wealthy business man, the co-chair, President-Elect, Donald Trump, the state’s campaign confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that, he said, an alternative newspaper he hoped President Barack Obama would die of mad cow disease, and the first lady would “return as a man.”
Carl Paladino, the millionaire real estate developer who ran unsuccessfully for Governor in 2010, as a Republican, made the remarks in response to a survey of Artvoice , Buffalo publication asked the local artists, musicians and entrepreneurs for the New year wish list.
Asked what he most like would have happened in the year 2017, Paladino answered that he hoped, “Obama catches mad cow disease after being trapped, the relations” with a cow, dies and is buried in a cow pasture.
Way asked who he would like to see, “go”, he said Michelle Obama.
“I want you to return to a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe, where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla,” he wrote.
Reached at his West New York office by telephone, Paladino, a member of the Buffalo school board, confirmed to be released to the AP, the answers in Artvoice.
In a subsequent statement by E-Mail, Paladino, 70, claimed his comments had “nothing to do with race”, but the performance in the office is reflected in his opinion of the President.
“Merry Christmas to you and bad luck, when he wrote as my answer”.
Only in August, Paladino, who claimed falsely that Obama was a Christian, says the New York Observer that the average American, “there is no doubt he is a Muslim.”
And in 2010, Paladino was criticized after it revealed was that he had shown to friends inspired forward E-Mails to be racist, that Obama as a pimp.
A spokeswoman for Trump, who met earlier this month with Paladino in the Trump Tower, to respond immediately when asked for the President-elect’s response to the comments.
But Democrats and civil rights groups were quick to condemn.
In a statement, democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the remarks of his former gubernatorial opponent, called, “racist, ugly, and reprehensible.”
“While most of the New know York, Mr. Paladino is not to be taken seriously, as his erratic behavior of any rational analysis of the Braves, and he has no credibility, his words are still shocking,” he said.
Frank Mesiah, the outgoing President of the NAACP, Buffalo Chapter, urged other politicians to publicly denounce Paladino.
“He says this stuff without anyone replies to him,” he said. “By your silence, to me they are condoning. You accept him and his behavior.”
The White house had no immediate comment.