What may have started as a really bad joke has turned into a political hot potato. Carl Paladino, the former Republican nominee for Governor of New York and an adviser to President-elect Trump was asked this simple question by the Artvoice, a weekly newspaper in Buffalo, New York, what would you like to happen in 2017 and what they like to see go away next year. Paladino was not the only person asked but his answer which he answered in writing is what has people talking.

Paladino wrote, ““Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford (sic). He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarret (sic), who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady (sic) cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her.” Valerie Jarrett is a senior adviser to the president.


Paladino wasn’t finished yet. No this man who once sat in the Governor’s Mansion in New York, continued to share his racist tidings. This time he went after the First Lady, Michelle Obama. Paladino wrote, “I’d 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.” That’s right, this former Governor of New York repeated a Facebook fake news story that Mrs. Obama is actually transgender. He then took the racist rant further with his gorilla comment.


Now on Tuesday, Paladino has offered an apology for his antics. Worse though, is the people who applauded his original comments. On Facebook, there were thousands who laughed and agreed with Paladino that Mrs. Obama is a transgender male. There are thousands who believe the nonsense that has been written on Facebook as supposed news articles.  Paladino, offered this apology, ““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.” Paladino continued attacking Obama, though, as a “traitor to American values.”