Arizona radio host voted for ‘the white guy’ because Obama is a ‘monkey’

By David Edwards
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 16:19 EDT
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Conservative Arizona radio personality Barbara Espinosa
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Conservative Arizona radio personality Barbara Espinosa is standing by her statement that President Barack Obama is a “monkey” and that she voted for “the white guy.”

“I call him a monkey,” Espinosa recently told a guest on her KNFX radio show. “I don’t call him a guy with rabbit ears, I call him a monkey.”

“And I don’t believe in calling him the first black president,” she added. “I voted for the white guy myself!”

Espinosa later confirmed her statement in a blog posting on her website, “American Freedom By Barbara.”

“To set the record straight I did use the word monkey and Obama in the same sentence,” she wrote. “Yes I did say I voted for the white guy. Unless there has been a takeover of America and free speech is no longer allowed and I can be put to death for making a remark, I refuse to take the fifth.”

In a comment posted on a blog owned by Arizona Republican Party Communication Director Shane Wikfors, who recently accused female critics of having a “bitch session,” Espinosa explained that her monkey comment had something to do with a Google search of “obama as monkey cartoon.”

“With a last name of Espinosa I’m anything but racist,” she insisted.

Listen to this audio from KNFX’s Hair on Fire, broadcast June 16, 2012.

(h/t: Think Progress, The Root)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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