South Carolina GOPer Apologizes For Calling Michelle Obama A Gorilla — And Says She Started It

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June 15, 2009 8:10 a.m.

Rusty DePass, a prominent South Carolina Republican activist, is now apologizing for making a racist joke about Michelle Obama, and taken down the Facebook page where he made it — though he does make sure to shift the blame and say that Michelle started it.

DePass commented on a story about a gorilla escaping from a local zoo: “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”

“I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone,” said DePass. “The comment was clearly in jest.”

But, he said, “The comment was hers, not mine,” referring to Michelle having said that man has descended from apes. The New York Daily News says they could find no such comment from Michelle — but even if they could, it’s not like that would make it any better.

It’s worth noting that Michelle’s ancestors came from South Carolina. So why did they leave, again?

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