The Republican Party may not have a clear leader, but they still have some core beliefs and one of them is it’s fun to be racist.
A Republican activist and former South Carolina state senate candidate Rusty DePass made a comment/wisecrack after learning a gorilla had escaped from the Riverbanks Zoo:
“I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”
DePass later apologized saying, “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.”
In Tennessee, Sherri Goforth, the executive assistant for Republican state senator Diane Black e-mailed the photo at the top to other legislative aides.
Christian Grantham of Nashvilleistalking.com interviewed Goforth.
I spoke with Sherri Goforth minutes ago to confirm she sent this email. She confirmed she had sent it and also said she had received a letter of reprimand from her superiors but said she will stay on the job.
When I asked her if she understood the controversial nature of the photo, Goforth would only say she felt very bad about accidentally sending it to the wrong list. When I gave her a second chance to address the controversial nature of the email, she again repeated that she only felt bad about sending it to the wrong list of people.
“I went on the wrong email and I inadvertently hit the wrong button,” Goforth told NIT. “I’m very sick about it, and it’s one of those things I can’t change or take back.”
Senator Black issued a statement that the cartoon “does not reflect my views” and that Goforth was reprimanded verbally and in writing, but no further action would be forthcoming.
Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester said, “I am calling on Sen. Black to reject this racist smear and fire this staffer who, on state government time, on state government computers, using a state government email account, launched this bigoted attack on our president.”
Goforth and Senator Black are both White.
Another day, another weak, half-assed Republican “apology.”
You have to wonder how long the Republicans can pull this kind of racist crap, but then you realize this is a political party that is made up of primarily Southern Whites who are hostile to Black people and it becomes very obvious, they’re going to keep it up every day Barack and Michelle Obama are in the White House.