The New York co-chair of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign, Carl Paladino, said on Friday that he wants President Obama to die in 2017 and made racist attacks against the first lady.
Paladino, a Buffalo real estate developer, made his offensive remarks about the Obamas in the New York arts publication, Artvoice.
The publication asked the developer, “What would you most like to happen in 2017?” His response:
“Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford. He dies before trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to [senior White House adviser] Valerie Jarret, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason when a Jihady cellmate mistook her being a nice person and decapitated her.”
Paladino then went on to his second wish for 2017. “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.”
He then doubled down on his comments when contacted by The Buffalo News confirming that he did indeed make the comments, and then attacking the newspaper for inquiring about them. “Of course i did,” he said when asked if he had uttered the remarks. “Tell them all to go f— themselves.”
“Tell that Rod Wilson I made that comment just for him,” Paladino added, referring to one of the newspaper’s black columnists and editors. “Yeah, I’m not politically correct,” Paladino said. “They asked what I want and I told them.”
The Trump transition team disavowed the comments with spokesperson Jessica Ditto calling them “absolutely reprehensible” and said “they serve no place in our public discourse” in a statement to the Huffington Post.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement on the matter:
“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 remark 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.”