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GOP Activist Rusty DePass likens escaped gorilla to Michelle Obama

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by TheCount, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    A prominent South Carolina Republican killed his Facebook page Sunday after being caught likening the First Lady to an escaped gorilla.

    Commenting on a report posted to Facebook about a gorilla escape at a zoo in Columbia, S.C., Friday, longtime GOP activist Rusty DePass wrote, "I'm sure it's just one of Michelle's ancestors - probably harmless."

    Busted by South Carolina political blogger Will Folks on his FITNEWS blog, DePass told WIS-TV in Columbia, "I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest."

    Then he added, "The comment was hers, not mine," claiming Michelle Obama made a recent remark about humans descending from apes. The Daily News could find no such comment.

    "'Humor' like this is nothing new for South Carolina Republicans - even as the party claims to be focusing on 'outreach' efforts to minorities," said Folks, a former gubernatorial spokesman and widely read blogger. "The fact that Palmetto [State] Republicans don't get that this is a serious problem for them baffles us."

    Columbia's mayor called on DePass to apologize properly. "The comment is reprehensible. There's nothing funny about it," said Democratic Mayor Bob Coble. "What he needs to do is simply apologize in a straightforward manner."

    DePass, former chairman of the Richland County GOP, was an early backer of George W. Bush and co-chairman of Rudy Giuliani's 2008 campaign in Richland County, the state's largest.

    "Most of us, of course, particularly in South Carolina, never gave a damn about New Yorkers, but somehow the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, made those people Americans again," he wrote in a 2007 Op-Ed endorsing Giuliani.

    Eric Davis, the current chairman of the Richland County Republicans, said his predecessor should get a pass. "Everyone says stupid things they regret later. I think the world should move on," he said.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/pol...st_lady.html?print=1&page=all#ixzz0IVkPFiTm&D

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    Whoopsies.

    Obviously he was trying to poke fun at her statements regarding evolution, but as a long time politician, you'd think he'd be a little bit more aware of the OTHER connotation to that statement.

    The, "I'm as sorry as I can be", was a very Letterman-eque apology as well.
  2. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I saw this earlier and thought--because it was from South Carolina--it must be racial. I should be ashamed at jumping to Pavlov-like conclusions like this writer is doing. The comment was FOR SURE relating to Ms Obama's recent comments about human ancestory. So, the joke is weak, but not what they are making it out to be.
  3. TheCount

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    Yeah, seemed pretty clear to me as well but that fact that he was ignorant that it could be taken as racial is kind of an indictment in and of itself.

    The poll they have on the page is stupid too, basically it says you either agree with what he said or you think he's a member of the KKK.
  4. bbgun

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    Subtlety ain't his strength. What a putz.
  5. jimnabby

    jimnabby Well-Known Member

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    Just curious: can you post a link or reference to "Ms. Obama's recent comments about human ancestry", given that the Daily News was unable to find such comments, and none of the other outlets that have reported on this have either?
  6. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    No doubt. That was my first thought too...what a dunce.

    The irony is the guy could just as easily (more easily?) been a Democrat from West Viriginia and said the same thing. Yet they made sure to say typical Republican from SC.
  7. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Tell me about it.
  8. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Rusty DePass is evidently an ignorant man, nothing more to say than that
  9. Bob Sacamano

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    that was pretty ignorant

    but so is the belief that we're descended from apes
  10. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I admit I wounder about some. :laugh2:
  11. Bob Sacamano

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    don't diss BrainPaint like that:mad: :)
  12. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    As the missing link, how can you say that?
  13. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    Are you kidding?

    Bob may be the wisest poster...on any message board.
  14. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives. Zone Supporter

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    I guess Letterman isn't the only putz out there...Idiot.
  15. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    World is full of them.
  16. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    What a dolt. All parties have them.
  17. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Will be interesting to see the play this gets vs the whole Letterman vs 18 yrd old girl bit.
  18. bbgun

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    As Howard Kurtz noted yesterday, most of the major newspapers have avoided the Palin-Letterman controversy. Strange, considering those are two big names.
  19. Bob Sacamano

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    watch it mister

    QFT
  20. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Fixed.. :cool:

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