A Buffalo businessman who co-chaired Donald Trump’s New York campaign says he wants to see President Barack Obama die from mad cow disease and the first lady “return to being a male.”
The failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino made the comments in response to a survey by Artvoice, a Buffalo newspaper. The publication asked local artists, performers and business owners for a New Year’s wish list.
In his response, Paladino wrote that he hopes the president dies from a disease caught from “having relations” with a cow.
He said he wants to see Michelle Obama “return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”
Paladino confirmed by phone and email Friday that he wrote the comments.
There has been backlash on social media.
Dr. Barbara Nevergold held a press following remarks Carl Paladino made about President Obama and the First Lady in Artvoice. pic.twitter.com/H4axqHL9ec
— John Hickey (@jhickeyBN) December 23, 2016
Carl Paladino made racist, ugly, reprehensible remarks about the President & First Lady. My wish this season is for unity.
Full statement pic.twitter.com/ZHgsrHmHbp
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 23, 2016