Once again, racism rears its ugly head down in South Carolina from a popular GOP activist named Rusty DePass took a nasty shot at First Lady Michelle Obama. Here is the story as reported by Ben Hoover of WISTV.com in Columbia, S.C.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – A state Republican activist has admitted to and apologized for calling a gorilla that escaped from the Riverbanks Zoo Friday an “ancestor” of First Lady Michelle Obama.
A screen capture of the comment, made on the Internet site Facebook, was obtained by FITSNews, the website of South Carolina politico Will Folks.
The image shows a post by an aide to state Attorney General Henry McMaster describing Friday morning’s gorilla escape at Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo.
Longtime SCGOP activist and former state Senate candidate Rusty DePass responded with the comment, “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”
DePass told WIS News 10 he was talking about First Lady Michelle Obama.
What a reprehensible comment and thankfully, as you can see in the entire story, there were individuals who stepped forward and condemned such a nasty comment from DePass.
DePass started his apology this way:
“I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.”
Then, he kept running his mouth and ended up blowing it by saying this:
DePass took his apology a bit further. He also said, “The comment was hers. Not mine,” saying the first lady made statements in the media recently saying we are all descendants of apes.
The writer did an Internet search for such comments from Michelle Obama, but found none to back up the claim of DePass (who dug himself a deeper hole). That is just an unbelievably stupid and racist comment. His apology started off well, but then he went to the blame-the-victim approach to apologizing.
Fortunately, I am sure Michelle Obama is tough enough to waste little (if any) time dignifying comments similar to those she probably has heard many times before.
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