Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's top New York surrogate described President Barack Obama on Monday as a "raccoon," a version of the racist "coon" epithet.
The morning after Carl Paladino proudly stood on the stage during Trump's victory speech, the New York surrogate discussed the win with NPR.
Paladino argued that the Republican Party must name Trump as the nominee because President Barack Obama had been a president "who in every respect looks like he despises America.”
"He’s so into himself, he can’t help himself,” the surrogate opined. “How did a guy like this rise to that point of being president of the wonder of history and the world?”
According to Paladino, "[p]eople who get on the Trump bus are people that are very, very frustrated with their government as it's been."
"It doesn't matter what kind of person is the exterminator, they want the raccoons out of the basement," he declared.
"We'll have to stop there," NPR host David Green interrupted, quickly ending the interview.
Listen to the audio below.
(h/t: Think Progress)