A Facebook post just surfaced of Republican Senate hopeful comparing Michelle Obama to “chimp”

As if we needed more evidence to prove that racism in the Republican Party is a feature, not a bug, look no further than Minnesota GOP Senate candidate Karin Housley, who was just busted for having posted racist remarks about former First Lady Michelle Obama on Facebook.

An investigation by HuffPost discovered that in 2009, Housley compared Michelle to the chimpanzee in Ronald Reagan’s 1951 film “Bedtime for Bonzo,” a disgusting racist trope beloved by conservatives for its vile dehumanization of African-Americans.

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She even had the gall to claim that she was picking on her for her “fashion” (in reality, Michelle Obama is considered a fashion icon by those in the industry) and pretending that she was upset at Michelle for “breaking proper etiquette.”

Somehow, Housley did not feel the need to post any similar remarks about President Trump’s appalling behavior when he visited the Queen of England and insulted her Majesty with several serious breaches of protocol.

Housley was already trailing current sitting Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) by 16 points and is a longshot to claim the seat filled by Smith last year after Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) resigned following eight serious sexual harassment complaints. 

It seems like every other week we’re treated to a story about how a Republican state legislator or House Representative finds themselves in hot water for making racist remarks on Facebook, often targeted at the Obamas.

Their willingness to display their racism in a public forum and to not even feel the need to go back and erase it years later shows that they feel their racism is a selling point, not a disqualifier. Nobody who believes that deserves to hold public office, and it’s time we taught these racists a lesson in the upcoming midterm elections.

Original reporting by Daniel Marans

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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