“Sorry, not sorry” has never been more applicable.
That’s because just days after getting cause making racist jokes about President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Buffalo Public Schools board member Carl Paladino is now taking back his tantrum… and it may legitimately be the worst apology of 2016.
In case you missed it, Carl found himself in quite the controversy last week when he “accidentally” responded to an ArtVoice 2017 Wish List email by saying Barack deserved to die from mad cow disease after having sex with an animal while he hoped Michelle “returned to being a male” and spent out her days living with a gorilla in Africa.
Well, don’t worry folks. The 70-year-old Trump supporter totally isn’t a bigot — it was just a harmless mistake!
Insisting he most certainly is not a racist, the racist Republican issued a statement on Tuesday, saying:
“I never intended to hurt the minority community who I spent years trying to help out of the cycle of poverty in our inner cities. To them I apologize. I thought about them every day as I fought against unqualified and incompetent superintendents, administrators, teachers and School Board members, unfair union contracts, broken homes and children who can’t get the education they need to break that cycle of poverty because our school system is a failure, for reasons that needn’t be. I have shown those who chose not to watch but to enter the arena how to fight the demons. Nevertheless, I won’t be judged by those timid souls who sit unbloodied in the gallery always prepared to criticize. Nor do I have any respect or regrets for the insane education activists who hover over and defend the dysfunction of the BPS.
I received your emailed survey at an emotional moment after I had just listened to Obama’s statement that he regretted the slaughter in Aleppo that, in fact, resulted from his failed and cowardly foreign policy, a policy to look the other way while innocent people were murdered and starved. I view Barak Obama [sic] as a traitor to American values. We don’t stand down and leave soldiers to die on a battlefield when we can send help. We don’t lie to the American people and the parents of our fallen to get re-elected. Obama has not led America to a better place by disregarding the rule of law and standing with his elitist brethren as above the law nor has his wife Michele Obama [sic] who told our children and the world after the election that now ‘there is no hope for America.’
Your survey questions provided me with the spark to vent and write deprecating humor about a bad President for whom the main stream media continues to seek an undeserved legacy. I wanted to say something as sarcastic and hurtful as possible about the people so responsible for the hurt and suffering of so many others. I was wired up, primed to be human and make a mistake. I could not have made a worse choice in the words I used to express my feelings.”
Oh, but wait — that’s not even the worst part:
“I publicly took responsibility for what I said and confirmed those were my answers, but believe it or not, I did not mean to send those answers to ArtVoice. Not that it makes any difference because what I wrote was inappropriate under any circumstance. I filled out the survey to send to a couple friends and forwarded it to them not realizing that I didn’t hit ‘forward’ I hit ‘reply.’ All men make mistakes.”
So he’s not sorry he said awful racist, transphobic, things… he’s just sorry he was careless enough to broadcast it to the whole world!
But to his credit, this was a noticeably nicer tone than his “apology” from last week:
“Of course I [wrote it]. Tell them all to go f*ck themselves.”
We see what Trump sees in him…
While Carl isn’t giving up his school board seat just yet, we’re hearing the rest of the committee is meeting on Thursday to see if any action needs to be taken. (Hint: It most certainly does!)
He’s totally gonna end up in the cabinet, isn’t he?
[Image via CBS.]