Karin Housley, a Republican Senate candidate in Minnesota, once compared First Lady Michelle Obama’s posture to that of the chimpanzee in the 1951 movie “Bedtime for Bonzo.”
In an April 2009 Facebook post, Housley criticized Obama’s posture when she met Queen Elizabeth II, reports The Huffington Post.
“Michelle is soooo far from cool,” Housley wrote in the post. “Don’t we expect our First Ladies to at least stand up straight? (And my dear sister, know the proper etiquette and DO NOT TOUCH THE QUEEN!).”
“I do miss Nancy Reagan. Ronald even more,” Housley continued. “Speaking of Bedtime for Bonzo, I think even that chimp stood up straighter than Michelle. Uh-oh, someone is going to make a comment.”
Housley campaign spokesman Jake Schneider claimed that the “out-of-context” Facebook post was being used to “manufacture outrage.”
“This is what the radical left does when they are losing — they attack Republicans so they don’t have to come up with solutions to the problems Minnesotans are facing,” Schneider said in an email to The Hill.
The Huffington Post notes:
Comparing African-Americans to apes, even obliquely, as Housley did, has been a longstanding feature of racist American innuendo. ABC canceled “Roseanne” at the end of May after star Roseanne Barr tweeted that Valerie Jarrett, an African-American who advised former President Barack Obama, looked like the child of “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes.”
In an April 2009 column for the Stillwater Gazette, Housley disparaged Hillary Clinton’s appearance when compared to “hot” former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
“Gov. Sarah Palin didn’t even have to utter a word and people thought she wasn’t qualified. Sarah is beautiful (hot even, some say), with a stunning smile, great figure and an adorable family,” she wrote.
“Is it possible that we judge the beautiful people in reverse? She’s attractive, therefore not smart?” Housley continued. “Would we rather have our women in politics look like Hillary Clinton?”
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