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Jim Coughlan, a Republican comptroller for Dutchess County, N.Y,, a northern suburb of New York City, is in hot water after he referred to MSNBC news anchor Melissa Harris-Perry as a “damned dirty ape,” the New York Daily News reports. The tweet was in response to remarks Harris-Perry made about child-rearing. Coughlan said he had no idea that Harris-Perry is black and denied the comment had racist undertones

Jim Coughlan, a Republican who is also eyeing a state Senate seat, made the comment in response to an ad Harris-Perry made in which she made reference to the need for communities, not just parents, to take responsibility for the well-being of children.

“We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children: ‘Your kid is yours, and totally your responsibility,'” Harris-Perry says in the ad that remains controversial among conservatives.

“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,” she adds.

Coughlan said he had no idea that Harris-Perry is black and denied the comment had racist undertones, saying he simply repeating a “well-known quote from the Planet of the Apes.”

“I don’t watch MSNBC,” he said. “I don’t know about their stories or their journalists.”

White man, please.

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  • Myra Esoteric

    That guy looks like a Grey alien

  • Mary Burrell

    Well they call they refer to the President and his family as primates so we should be surprised by this idiot making this kind of remark about MHP.

  • evette thompson

    well he probably said that because it has been said that biracials aren’t black …so what’s the sudden change here? Is it because he called her a ape.

  • Tisch

    Womyn of African ancestry have faced a tougher fight to make the world notice them as a strong and capable, rather than the weaker sex. Like all their sisters around the world, black womyn have fought for their right to education, to earn a living and to lead a decent respectable life similar to their white counterparts.
    I am outraged at the blatant incredibly overt hatred and extreme sexist message tweeted by Jim Coughlan calling Melissa Harris-Perry, msnbc news host “damned dirty ape.” More importantly, the racial acrimony and prejudice to women evident in Coughlan’s implicit message is also a clear lack of respect for the official office of Comptroller Dutchess County, NY.
    I condemn such extremism as a threat to American democracy and tolerance. I believe that foremost in restoring the public’s confidence is the immediate recall for the removal of Jim Coughlan as Comptroller for Dutchess County, NY.
    It only matters that he didn’t act in respective of the office of Comptroller. He did not. Demand Coughlan’s recall and removeable. Phone (845) 463-0840 Email [email protected] http://Gipson.NYSenate.gov Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TerryGipsonNY TERRY GIPSON is current senator rep of dist 41 Dutchess County NY.

  • Tisch

    Womyn of African ancestry have faced a tougher fight to make the world notice them as strong and capable, rather than the weaker sex. Like all their sisters around the world, black womyn have fought for their right to education, to earn a living and to lead a decent respectable life similar to their white counterparts.
    I am outraged at the blatant incredibly overt hatred and extreme sexist message tweeted by Jim Coughlan calling Melissa Harris-Perry, msnbc news host a “damned dirty ape.” I expect something like this from Boko Haram an Islamist terrorist.

    More importantly, the racial acrimony and prejudice to women evident in Coughlan’s implicit message is also a clear lack of respect for the official office of Comptroller Dutchess County, NY.
    I condemn such extremism as a threat to American democracy. I believe that foremost in restoring the public’s confidence is the immediate recall for the removal of Jim Coughlan as Comptroller for Dutchess County, NY.
    It only matters whether or not he acted in manner respective of his official office as state Comptroller. Clearly, he did not. We must demand Coughlan’s RECALL and removeable. Phone (845) 463-0840 Email [email protected] http://Gipson.NYSenate.gov Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Terry… TERRY GIPSON is current senator rep of dist 41 Dutchess County NY.