A Republican donor complained that black comedians can use racial slurs but he can’t — despite his repeated use of the N-word on social media and during interviews with reporters.
Steven Alembik, a GOP activist who donated $22,920 to the Ron DeSantis gubernatorial campaign and thousands more to other Republican candidates, called former President Barack Obama a “F*CK MUSLIM N*GGER” recently on Twitter, and used racial slurs when asked to explain the post, reported Politico.
DeSantis spokesman Stephen Lawson denounced the “disgusting rhetoric” of Alembik, who also helped the Florida lawmaker set up a speech at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.
The controversy is the fifth racism-related issue concerning DeSantis, who warned the day after he won the Aug. 28 primary that his black Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum, would “monkey this up” if elected, referring to the economy.
Alembik, a self-employed information technology provider from Boca Raton, admitted using the racial slur in anger Sept. 8 after Obama gave a speech criticizing Trump and the Republican Party.
“Over the past few decades, the politics of division and resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican Party,” Obama said, and Alembik saw a tweet by the Republican National Committee highlighting the remarks.
The 67-year-old Alembik said he was “absolutely not” a racist, but used several slurs to complain that white people were held to what he believes is a double standard.
“So somebody like Chris Rock can get up onstage and use the word and there’s no problem? But some white guy says it and he’s a racist? Really?” Alembik said. “I grew up in New York in the ‘50s. We were the kikes. They were the n*ggers. They were the goyim. And those were the spics.”
He said his social media activity should be held to a different standard than his behavior offline.
“When I write anything inflammatory, it’s because I’m seriously pissed off,” Alembik said. “I’m an emotional human being. Do I have a filter on what I say? In public, yes. Would I use that word in public? No. This is Twitter.”