A Republican candidate for Marco Rubio’s about-to-be vacant United States Senate seat called President Obama an “animal” in a video that reportedly surfaced on Sunday. You can read a portion of his remarks below:
‘Unfortunately, for seven and a half years, this animal we call president — because he’s an animal, OK? — for seven and a half years has surgically, with thought and in a very smart, intelligent manner, has destroyed this country and dismantled the military under not one, not two but three secretaries of Defense. They’ve all written books about it. This is a plan. He wants us to be just another country. I don’t want to be another country. I want to be the United States of America, the greatest country in the world.’
The candidate speaking in the video, which does have poor audio quality, is Republican Carlos Beruff, a real estate developer from the Southern part of Florida. In other words, he is the little minion candidate who fits in with the ideal the GOP would like to put forward this election cycle, perfectly in line with fellow racist and real estate developer Donald Trump. He is one of 5 Republicans running in the primary race to fill the vacant seat.
Obviously, Beruff’s remarks have heavily racist overtones, with African Americans continuously relegated in the history of American racism to the status of animal. Such stories have come out of FOX News comment sections just in the past few weeks, directed at the members of the Obama family themselves.
A potential general election opponent of Beruff’s, Democrat Patrick Murphy, said the following regarding the incident:
‘Mr. Beruff’s statement is not only offensive, but extremely disrespectful to President Obama’s incredible service to our nation. I’m proud to stand by President Obama and his commitment to fighting for Florida families, and I call on Mr. Beruff to immediately apologize for his disrespectful comments. In the U.S. Senate, our diverse state deserves better than Mr. Beruff’s clear record of bigotry.’
Beruff, through a spokesperson, refused to apologize.
You can watch the video of the incident below. For the record, Beruff is probably never going to get near a senate seat. According to Real Clear Politics, he is dead last in the poll numbers, coming in with a whopping 0.7% of the vote. To his credit, the majority of voters are apparently still undecided.
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