A New York Republican angling for the state’s governorship appears to have uttered an expletive when asked his opinion on the attorney general of the United States.
Carl Paladino, who recently attracted controversy for claiming that he doesn’t want children “brainwashed” into thinking homosexuality is okay, was under fire again on Tuesday after The National Journal published a video of the candidate speaking at a Q&A in March. A man asks Paladino, who at that point had yet to win the GOP nomination, what his response would be if Attorney General Eric Holder decided to hold civilian terrorism trials in Manhattan.
“F*ck him. F*ck him,” Paladino replied, the Journal reported. The candidate’s audience, mostly Republicans, erupted into laughter and applause.
Holder, who has maintained support of both civilian prosecutions and military tribunals, backed off on a plan to try five of the alleged 9/11 plotters in New York City.
“This administration rejects the false choice critics would have us make, because if we were to exclusively follow only one path while blocking the use of the other, we would undoubtedly fail in our fundamental duty to bring every terrorist to justice,” he told a civil rights group in April, according to Reuters.
President Obama’s liberal base is largely opposed to the continuation of military tribunals for terror war prisoners, a system established by his Republican predecessor that critics say allows the use of evidence and statements obtained through torture. After Holder’s plan to try 9/11 suspects in New York City came under intense Republican criticism, the White House backed off the idea.
A civilian court last week sentenced attempted Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad to life in prison.
Paladino’s exchange begins at about 2:00 into the following clip, shot on March 27 in Tappan, NY.