Republicans Just Can't Stop Comparing Obama to a Monkey

Linda Sorenson, chair of the Delta County, Colorado, Republican Party, posted a racist Facebook meme last week depicting President Obama as a chimp, according to Jason Salzman of the blog Big Media.

She reportedly told Salzman that she was only joking but doesn’t “care if people are offended by it.”

Delta County Republican Chair Linda Sorenson shared an image on her Facebook page last week depicting Ronald Reagan nursing a chimpanzee. The photo is sandwiched by the phrase, “I’ll be damned… Reagan used to babysit Obama.”

Sorenson told me in a very brief phone interview today that it was a joke.

“I really don’t care if people are offended by it,” she told me of the post, which was sent to me by a source. “Un-friend me. Stop looking at me on Facebook.”

A similar photo was among a group of images exchanged via email among Ferguson, Missouri police and a city official, according to a 2015 report in the Washington Post, which obtained the emails as part of a public records request. The three officals involved were fired. The Post reported at the time:

City officials in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday evening released the full, unredacted content of racially charged and religiously insensitive e-mails sent by the city’s former court clerk as well as two former supervisors in the police department.

The e-mails, released to The Washington Post in response to a public-records request, were sent and received by Mary Ann Twitty, who was Ferguson’s court clerk, as well as former Ferguson police captain Rick Henke and former police sergeant William Mudd. All three were removed from their jobs after the Department of Justice discovered the e-mails, which prompted an internal investigation by city officials. The unredacted versions show for the first time which employee sent which e-mails.

Last year, Patrick Rushing, the Republican mayor of Airway Heights, WA, shared a racist Facebook post comparing President Barack Obama to a monkey and calling First Lady Michelle Obama a “gorilla face.”

Rushing confirmed to local reporters that he posted a comment on Facebook recently that read:

"Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that. The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL"

“If they’re offended I apologize," Rushing said. "It was not meant to be offensive to anybody.”

In 2011, Marilyn Davenport, a member of the Orange County, California GOP, sent out one of the most blatantly racist e-mails you’ll ever see - three monkeys dressed as humans with the caption, "Now you know why no birth certificate.”

“I'm sorry if my email offended anyone,” Davenport told TPM. “I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth.”

Also that year, Barbara Espinosa, a conservative radio host of Arizona’s “Hair on Fire” called President Barack Obama the nation’s “first monkey president” live on the air.

In response to a caller who called the president “Rabbit Ears,” Espinosa chimed in with: “Well, I don’t call him “rabbit ears,” I call him a monkey,” she said. “I don’t believe in calling him the first Black president, I call him the first Monkey president.”


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