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Rubio campaign chair compares Obama to a monkey to defend Roseanne

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A former Florida lawmaker and volunteer for Marco Rubio is coming close to outshining Roseanne Barr in abusing social media to air racist sentiments.

Susan Goldstein, who served as Florida state representative for western Broward County from 2004 to 2006, took to Facebook after the Roseanne scandal and compared President Obama to a cartoon monkey, reports the Miami New Times. 

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First, she denounced the double standard in the public discourse that allows comedians to compare Donald Trump to an orangutan, but slams Roseanne Barr for comparing Valerie Jarrett, a black woman, to an ape. Then she brought former President Barack Obama into it.

“And I truly think Obama resembles the Curious George cartoon, who I think is an adorable character,” Goldstein wrote on Facebook. “Curious George that is. That is what my eyes see. And I am not racist, and there is not mean-spirited intent in my observation. But I can’t say it. Double standard.”

A reporter for New Times prompted Goldstein to elaborate. Her response was, “this is why people hate the press.”

Nevertheless, she doubled down. “I believe there is a double standard,” she told New Times. “All I was trying to say is that I don’t get why this ‘comedian excuse’ works for some and not others,” she said.

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“I saw Wanda Sykes compare Donald Trump to an orangutan. Didn’t we all evolve from apes? Isn’t that what the evolutionists agree that we all evolved from? So I don’t understand why it’s OK for a comparison to be made to an ape for white people but not blacks.”

As the New Times reporter points out, the difference is that imagery and language referencing monkeys or apes has been used to dehumanize, maltreat and murder black people for centuries. The same is not true of wealthy white businessmen.

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White House ripped for ‘ridiculously misogynistic stereotype’ in attack on Speaker Pelosi

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The White House was harshly criticized for an attack on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) launched by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

Grisham was already under fire for claiming President Donald Trump had been "measured" in a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) when she lashed out at the female speaker.

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Internet laughs off press secretary’s claims of presidential calm: ‘How often has Trump struck you as ‘measured’

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President Donald Trump isn't exactly known for being calm or measured, but that's what his White House is claiming he was during a meeting with Democratic and Republican leaders.

"[email protected] was measured & decisive today. @SpeakerPelosi walking out was baffling but not surprising w NO intention of participating in a mtg on nat’l security. Dem “leadership” chose to storm out & whine to cameras, everyone else stayed to work on behalf of our country," tweeted Stephanie Grisham.

It prompted CNN's Chris Cillizza to inquire when Trump ever struck someone as "measured."

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Republicans lack the ‘moxie’ to defend America’s Kurdish allies in Syria: Ex-RNC Chair

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Republicans will criticize President Donald Trump on foreign policy, but lack the nerve to do anything meaningful to protect America's Kurdish allies in northern Syria, the former chair of the Republican Party explained on MSNBC on Wednesday.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Steele about what it would take for Republicans to serve as a check on the president.

"I think the only way to make him change his mind is -- he’s got to think they might walk," Todd said.

"Well, that would require a level of moxie that we haven’t seen from the leadership," Steele replied.

"On the foreign policy space, I think that’s the one area where we’ve seen people actually start to push back rhetorically," he noted. "But I don’t know if internally they’ve really sat down with the president and go, 'This is how damaging this is, this is how troublesome it is, and this is the problem you’re having inside the caucus.' I just don’t — at least from the folks I’ve talked to, I haven’t gotten the sense they’ve gone there yet."

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