I missed this just before Christmas. On the one hand we constantly hear about how ‘popular’ Michelle Obama is – how ‘well liked’ she is by Americans, but for someone so well liked, Obama certainly attracts a lot of unflattering comments and comparisons to non-human primates, as the New York Times reports:

Carl Paladino, a western New York builder, one-time Republican candidate for governor of New York and political ally of President-elect Donald J. Trump, came under fire on Friday for racially offensive comments about President Obama and the first lady… […]

“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,” he said.

Objectively, it should be of major concern that the First Lady of the United States is sometimes not perceived as a human woman.

So are the people who liken Obama to an ape or gorilla morally-flawed, unsophisticated or stupidly hateful ? Or are those who don’t liken Obama to an ape or gorilla lying about –or suppressing, what they actually see?

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