A conservative former Florida lawmaker and Broward Country chairperson for Senator Marco Rubio, for whom she is still a volunteer, has become the center of a controversy for her aggressive defense of Roseanne Barr on Facebook that includes a comparison of former President Barrack Obama to an ape.
Goldstein used her Facebook page, according to The Miami New Times, to defend Barr who compared Valerie Jarrett, an African American former advisor to President Obama, to an ape. The vile tweet resulted in the cancellation of her TV show.
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Goldstein denounced what she sees as a double standard where comedians like Wanda Sykes — who until she quit was the head writer of the Roseanne reboot on ABC— can call President Trump an orangutan.
In her rant, Goldstein said that she thinks President Obama looks like the Curious George character, who is an ape. Goldstein said she thinks that character is “adorable,” and that he resembles President Obama, because “That is what my eyes see.”
“And I am not a racist,” she added, “and this is not mean-spirited intent in my observation. But I can’t say it. Double standard.”
“One thing has nothing to do with the other,” she insisted. “God made everyone with some kind of cultural identifying characteristics.”
When contacted by a reporter for The Miami New Times alternative newspaper, Goldstein complained that once again the media was “making something out of nothing,” adding that she is now a private citizen and should not get media attention.
“Goldstein initially denied she wrote the comment and claimed someone else had posted the text under her name,” reports The New Times. “After a reporter read the quote back to her, though, she no longer denied writing it and instead said she was having a discussion ‘among friends.'”
She then went right ahead and talked to the reporter about her Facebook rant.
“All I was trying to say,” she told the reporter, “is that I don’t get why this ‘comedian excuse’ works for some and not others.”
“I saw Wanda Sykes compare Donald Trump to an orangutan,” continued Goldstein, who later said she is a Catholic who believes in creationism.
“Didn’t we all evolve from apes? Isn’t that what the evolutionists agree that we all evolved from? So I don’t understand why it’s OK for a comparison to be made to an ape for white people but not blacks.”
The New Times reporter told her the difference “is that imagery and language referencing monkeys or apes has been used to dehumanize, maltreat and murder black people for centuries. The same is not true of wealthy white businessmen.” New Times asked Goldstein if she was aware of this dark history.
She responded that some of her Facebook friends had mentioned it this week.
“I don’t come from a racist society, so that never occurred to me,” she said. “I didn’t compare all black people to apes. I said Barack Obama looked like Curious George. I also called him cute!”
“You guys are going to try to label me a racist,” she told The New Times reporter. “Go ahead, write whatever you want. I have an ‘R’ after my name, so you guys are going to try to do it anyway.”
Goldstein, married and the mother of two children, served in the Florida House of Representatives, representing West Broward (the Ft. Lauderdale area) from 2004 to 2006 but was defeated when she ran for re-election.
She is currently Director of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists and serves on the board of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists.
She is also the owner of a political consulting and public affairs firm that, according to her professional profile, specializes in “Health andHuman Services, Policy, and Appropriations, Charitable Organizations, Trade Associations, Business.”
She is also an unpaid volunteer for Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl), for whom she was previously 2016 presidential campaign chair for Broward County.
Goldstein also shared on Facebook some of her homophobic anti-LGBTQ views. She argued that there is “much worse” on TV than Roseanne.
“There are men kissing other men on network TV now,” she posted.
“I appreciate the opportunity to have honest discussions and spirited debate,” she wrote on Facebook, “when it comes to such divisive issues.”
That may be the case but there is no evidence it has changed any of her views.