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)