Another person close to Donald Trump has proven to be a racist. Carl Paladino, who served as Trump’s campaign co-chair in the New York area, recently shared his racist views with a weekly publication in Buffalo.
During the interview, Paladino said that he wished President Obama would die of mad cow disease. He also referred to First Lady Michelle Obama as a man and to let her loose in the Zimbabwe where she would live in a cave with a gorilla.
Thousands are now calling for Paladino to step down from his position as a member of the Buffalo School Board. Over 5,000 people have called for his resignation from the board. Buffalo School Board President Barbara Nevergold condemned his statements, but has yet to say if he will be removed from his position.
Although Trump’s team have denounced Paladino’s comments, they ignored his past racist statements. He called Asians at the University of Buffalo, “damn Asians” and “foreigners.” And he once defended the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority commissioner after he used a racial epithet to describe Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown.
Trump’s campaign was anchored by bigotry and racism. The president-elect ignited racists across the country who have used his victory as a way to express themselves with more racism and hate. Along with racist comments by Trump supporters in high-profile positions, hate crimes have also increased since the election.
Trump has yet to make a statement or speech to denounce the racism and hate that has been exhibited by his suppoters.