“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 ‘return’ of first lady Michelle Obama to Africa on his list of things he wanted for 2017.
“Asked what he would like to happen in 2017, he said he hopes that ‘Obama
catches mad cow disease, 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 ‘return to being male’ and be ‘let loose’ in Zimbabwe.
“In a statement to The Post, Paladino denied that the comments were racist.
“’It has nothing to do with race,’ Paladino said. ‘That’s the typical stance of
the press when they can’t otherwise defend the acts of the person being
‘It’s about 2 progressive elitist ingrates who have hated their country so
badly and destroyed its fabric in so many respects in 8 years,’ he added.
“Reached briefly by phone Friday, Paladino confirmed that he made the
comments and that he is currently involved in Trump's transition efforts.
“‘I don't think Mr. Trump particularly cares what I have to say,’ Paladino
said. ‘ He knows me. I was active with him, and I still am active with him.’”
It's been reported that Trump's transition team reacted, saying “Carl's
comments are absolutely reprehensible, and they serve no place in our public
discourse,” However the Donald has not said a word. So it’s yet to be
determined whether Trump particularly cares what Paladino has to say.
Reich remarked: "In 27 days, one of the most decent couples ever to have
served as President and First Lady of the United States will be replaced by
another who have relied on people like Carl Paladino."