After saying in an interview with ArtVoice that his 2017 wish list includes President Obama dying of mad cow disease and Michelle Obama moving to Africa to live with gorillas, Buffalo politician and former chairman of Donald Trump for New York Carl Paladino has been receiving major criticism for his comments.

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At first, Paladino blamed the comments on his not being politically correct and refused to admit that they were racist, but after drawing condemnation from Donald Trump’s team, he has finally apologized. He sent a response to WBEN in which he said, “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.”

He went on to say that he answered ArtVoice’s survey questions while “wired up” after watching President Obama’s response to the situation in Aleppo and that he was in a very emotional state of mind at the time. He also stated that he had intended to only share his responses with friends, but he accidentally replied directly to ArtVoice.

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.

Paladino also announced that he won’t resign from his seat on the Buffalo School Board, even though he is being pressured by the “rabid hordes of attacking parasites we now call activist progressives” because he has “spent years dedicated to the mission to defeat the thought that the liberal progressive elitist establishment can continue to hold our minority children captive in the cycle of poverty simply to provide their voting base.”

He concluded by saying, “I certainly am not racist. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”

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Carl Paladino apologized for his appalling comments about the Obamas while still maintaining that he’s not racist AP Photo/Mike Groll
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