“I don’t care who you are, … this is funny.”
Thus began an e-mail that Walt Baker, CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association, sent to to a few friends, the president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and several members of the press.
It continues by comparing First Lady Michelle Obama to Tarzan’s chimpanzee sidekick Cheeta. There are two photos at the bottom — one of Obama with an awkward pursing of her lips and another of a chimp.
Unsurprisingly, Baker has already begun apologizing for the outrage created by the e-mail.
“I am sorry for my actions. I am sorry for the offensive contents of the email,” Baker said. “I can only hope those that know me can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”
Many of Tennessee’s leaders are angry that their state is once again front and center of a negative media spotlight.
“Who wants to come to a state where people think like that? This is far reaching and it’s damaging,” said District 3 Metro Council Member Walter Hunt.
This isn’t the first e-mail sent by a Tennessee official since President Obama took office that smacks of racism.
In October, a state trooper sent a “white pride” e-mail to nearly 800 state employees.
Several months before, an aide in the state Senate sent out an e-mail depicting Obama as two cartoonish white eyes peering from a black background.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau has decided to drop its contract with Baker’s marketing firm Saturday, but many are calling for Baker’s resignation from the Tennessee Hospitality Association.
Here’s how Trump’s losing golf courses could be linked to foreign money laundering
On Monday, in a series of tweets, NPR reporter Adam Davidson drew a straight line from the New York Times report about President Donald Trump's taxes and business losses, to his apparent dealings with foreign entities known for money laundering.
Some clear implications from the Trump Tax story:
- He blew through other people’s money. His dad’s. Then Mark Burnett’s. Plus loans. - he starts blowing through the most money in 2011, when the known sources disappear. - He had a new source of funds.
Trump-loving chiropractor goes berserk after seeing Biden-Harris signs at Democratic campaign office
A Connecticut chiropractor admits to causing a disturbance outside a Democratic campaign office.
Michael Silverstein, of Westport, said he became overwhelmed by anger and frustration Friday afternoon upon seeing signs outside the Fairfield Democratic Town Committee office promoting the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket, reported CTPost.
“I let my emotions get the best of me," Silverstein told the newspaper. "I wish I didn’t do it. I’m better than that."
‘This is the smoking gun’: Carl Bernstein claims Trump’s taxes expose his ‘grifter presidency’
Appearing on CNN on Monday morning, Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein called revelations exposed in the New York Times report on Donald Trump's taxes the "smoking gun" that could end his presidency.
Speaking with "New Day" hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, the author and journalist declared the current administration is the "first grifter presidency."
"The two numbers that jump off the page, the $750, that's what the president paid in taxes his first two years in office, but then, Carl, the other number that I think people need to know is $421 million. this is what the president owes," Camerota prompted. "These are the loans that will come due over the next four or five years. So when you see this article, Carl, what's your major takeaway?"