Carl Paladino, a former Republican nominee for governor of New York and an adviser to president-elect Trump, included the death of President Obama and âreturnâ of first lady Michelle Obama to Africa on hisÂ list of things he wanted for 2017.
Paladino was responding to a survey by an alternative weekly magazine, Artvoice.
Asked what he would like to happen in 2017, he said he hopes that âObama catches mad cow diseaseâ and dies after having relations with a Hereford, a type of cow. Asked what he would most like to see go, Paladino responded that Michelle Obama would âreturn to being maleâ and be âlet looseâ in Zimbabwe.
Artvoice: What would you most like to happen in 2017?
Carl Paladino:Â Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarret, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her.
Artvoice: What would you most like to see go in 2017?
Carl Paladino:Â Michelle Obama. Iâd like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.
In a statement to The Post, Paladino denied that the comments were racist.
âIt has nothing to do with race,â Paladino said. âThatâs the typical stance of the press when they canât otherwise defend the acts of the person being attacked.â
âItâs about 2 progressive elitist ingrates who have hated their country so badly and destroyed its fabric in so many respects in 8 years,â he added.
Reached briefly by phone Friday, PaladinoÂ confirmed that he made the comments and that he is currently involved in Trump’s transition efforts.
âI don’t think Mr. Trump particularly cares what I have to say,â Paladino said. âHe knows me. I was active with him, and I still am active with him.â
âAnd that’s it. I’ll say whatÂ IÂ feel like saying.â
No stranger to controversy, PaladinoÂ has repeatedly over the years attacked Obama privately and publicly â including pushing the falsehood that Obama is Muslim. During his gubernatorial race, Paladino was accused of sending graphically racist and sexist emailsÂ â some of them concerning Obama â to his circle of friends. Paladino never denied sending the emails but called them a âsmear.â
As recently as Dec. 5, Paladino visited Trump Tower after the election.
âWe’re friends,â Paladino told reporters afterward. âMy meeting was good.â
And this week, Paladino, a Buffalo school board member, sought to have photos of Trump hung in all of the city’s schools.
A Trump spokeswoman condemned Paladino’s comments but did not comment on the future of his work for the transition.
“Carl’s comments are absolutely reprehensible, and they serve no place in our public discourse,” said spokeswomen Jessica Ditto.
Others have been quick to denounce Paladino,Â a political figure who has come to be known for the cloud of controversy that often surrounds him.
In a statement, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, Â slammed Paladino for a “long history of racist and incendiary comments.”
“Carl Paladino, a Republican Party official from Western New York, made racist, ugly and reprehensible remarks about President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama,” Cuomo said. “While most New Yorkers know Mr. Paladino is not to be taken seriously, as his erratic behavior defies any rational analysis and he has no credibility, his words are still jarring.
“His remarks do not reflect the sentiments or opinions of any real New Yorker and he has embarrassed the good people of the state with his latest hate-filled rage,” he added.
In a statement Paladino’s alma mater St. Bonaventure University, where he once served on the board of trustees, denounced his comments.
“Mr. Paladinoâs remarks in ArtVoice are reprehensible and in complete contradiction to the values of St. Bonaventure University,” said Andrew Roth, the University’s president. “At St. Bonaventure we believe in an inclusive community that values diversity as a strength.
“While as educators we know we never attain 100%, it is reasonably certain that the vast majority of St. Bonaventureâs extended family â students, Franciscans, faculty, staff and alumni â share in the rejection of Mr. Paladinoâs comments and the comments of any who violate our shared values of individual dignity, community inclusiveness and service to others,” he added.