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MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry called ‘Dirty Ape’ by racist Republican


A Republican candidate is drawing heavy backlash for racist comments he made about MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry on Twitter. According to reports by the NY Daily News, New York state senatorial candidate Jim Coughlan tweeted to Harris-Perry, “Unless you’re my wife don’t call them ‘our’ children. Keep your stinking paws off my kid you damned dirty ape.”

He made the remarks after Harris-Perry spoke out in an ad about communities helping to raise children. “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities,” Harris-Perry said.

After being blasted by Democrats and other Republicans, Coughlan lied and said that he didn’t know Harris-Perry was black. However, if he tweeted her in response to her statement, it’s likely that he took the time to see that he was tweeting a black woman.

Like most irrational public figures who mess up on social media, Coughlan deleted his Twitter account.

Coughlan has yet to apologize to Harris-Perry for his racist comment.


  1. John H. Montgomery Jr. on May 6, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    She is dirty and racist herself

    • American Hero on May 7, 2014 at 1:11 am

      Based on what? Your own skewed bigotry. You are an undercover bigoted and ill-informed, idiot sir! Another brain-dead Faux News clone. Get some real facts, analyze them rationally, then have a constructive debate….

      Oh snap, I almost thought I was writing to someone with some godda*n sense. My bad, carry on being illiterate and miserable. We’re here to stay!!!

    • May Cooper on May 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Do you know the lady? If you do or don’t what give you the right to throw stones at her. Did you look in the mirror when you decided to say those things. You must didn’t because the word you wrote about Ms. Harris-Perry can be use to describe you.

  2. soisaid on May 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    who gives a ratzazz what that moron thinks… he made himself look bad by lying afterwards. cowards never have backbones.. what a sad person he is, then deletes his account. lmao

  3. Mark on May 8, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Hurling insults and lowering oneself to name calling reduces the validity of any legitimate argument you may have had.