A Republican candidate has found himself immersed in a bit of hot water today after “accidentally” referring to MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry as a “damn dirty ape,” on twitter.
Jim Coughlan made the comments about a year ago after Harris-Perry made the public announcement that kids belong to society rather than the parents themselves. Of course, as the asinine comments needed addressing it seems that Coughlan took it a step too far.
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After seeing that Conservative blogger, David Burge, had said this:
Unless you’re my wife, don’t call them “our” children.
Coughlan decided to add his own two cents writing:
Keep your stinking paws off my kid, you damned dirty ape.
Now that elections are nearing and Coughlan is looking to dive head first into the race, he is now having to answer for his comments. Despite taking down the tweet and entirely deleting his Twitter account because of both sides of the aisle referring to him as a “racist,” it seems that the problem didn’t just go away as he had hoped.
During a recent interview he explained that he didn’t know wthat Harris-Perry was black and was simply trying to make a move reference to The Planet of the Apes. “I don’t watch MSNBC,” he said. “I don’t know about their stories or their journalists.” He deleted his Twitter account after his followers suggested that his comments were racist, but the tweets surfaced soon after he announced his candidacy for the State Senate.”
Needless to say, his excuses are doing him little good as Democrats greedily rub their hands together as they hope he wins the primaries. After all, running against a portrayed racist, or even a negligent politician, would be easy to discredit and ultimately defeat, securing yet another blue seat.
However, its not just Democrats that are up in arms over his statements as a fellow GOP member, who would only talk under the promise of anonymity, said, “Jim Coughlan is toxic.” He further added, “The Democrats are dying to run against him in November because they know he’s the best chance they have of keeping this seat in Democratic hands.”
Democratic legislator Gwen Johnson was quick to speak on the irresponsibility demonstrated by Coughlan’s remarks saying, “If you’re a public official and you’re running … you should know what you’re tweeting about and who you’re tweeting about.”
So what do you think – are Democrats being too hard on Coughlan, or should he have thought before opening his mouth? Let us know in the comment below.