No, no, no, Republicans aren’t racist. What on Earth would make you think that? In another “isolated incident,” prominent South Carolina Republican Rusty DePass likened an escaped gorilla to First Lady Michelle Obama on his Facebook page.
Commenting on a report posted to Facebook about a gorilla escape at a zoo in Columbia, South Carolina, DePass commented:
“I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”
When DePass was busted by online bloggers, he expressed embarrassment and apologized, saying:
“I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.”
But in classic Republican form, DePass claimed that he was not entirely to blame, but rather it’s Michelle Obama who should be blamed: “The comment was hers, not mine,” he said, saying that Michelle Obama made recent remarks about humans descending from apes. Funny thing is, when reporting on the incident, The Daily News could find no reference to Michelle Obama making any such claims.
“The comment is reprehensible. There’s nothing funny about it,” said Democratic Mayor of Columbia Bob Coble. “What he needs to do is simply apologize in a straightforward manner.”
Eric Davis, the current chairman of the Richland County Republicans, said DePass should be forgiven and people should just move on. “Everyone says stupid things they regret later. I think the world should move on,” he said.
DePass is the former chairman of the Richland County GOP, and was an early supporter and fundraiser of President George W. Bush and then became the co-chairman of Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 campaign in Richland County, the state’s largest county. He can now join the ranks of other moronic GOP Chairs like Russel Pearce and Todd Kincannon, who is also from South Carolina.
DePass made headlines when, in an Op-Ed in 2007 endorsing Giuliani, he said that New Yorkers became “American again” when September 11 happened:
“Most of us, of course, particularly in South Carolina, never gave a damn about New Yorkers, but somehow the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, made those people Americans again.”
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