NYC Politician Calls MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry a “Dαmned Dirty Ape”

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A New York official who has plans to seek higher political office is under fire for lashing out at MSNBC pundit Melissa Harris-Perry.

Melissa Harris-Perry asks what difference will it make for Black Americans if President Obama is re-elected

Melissa Harris-Perry

After Harris-Perry tweeted about child rearing, Jim Coughlin, Dutchess County controller, inexplicably responded by telling Harris-Perry, “keep your stinking paws off my kid you dαmned dirty ape.”

Coughlin, a candidate for state senate, has since said that he had no idea that Harris-Perry was black and the insult was not intended to be racial.

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

However, one wonders how Coughlin could’ve known enough about Harris-Perry’s political views to challenge them on Twitter without having ever seen her show or, at the very least, watched a commercial for her show.
Democrats were quick to criticize Coughlin for his out of bounds insult.

“This is irresponsible,” said Dutchess County legislator Gwen Johnson, a Democrat, according to the New York Daily News. “As an African-American woman, I find this very insulting and appalling.”

Johnson continued, saying even if Coughlin had no idea who Harris-Perry was, he should still be held responsible for his tweets.

“If you’re a public official and you’re running … you should know what you’re tweeting about and who you’re tweeting about.”

The Daily News also spoke to a Republican who took issue with Coughlin’s candidacy.
“Jim Coughlan is toxic,” said the Republican. “The Democrats are dying to run against him in November because they know he’s the best chance they have of keeping this seat in Democratic hands.”
MSNBC’s Melissa-Harris Perry rankled some Republicans by calling for more government spending on education and saying that kids belong to “whole communities” and not just families.


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  1. Toni

    May 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    When Martin Bashir made a comment about Sarah Palin he was forced to QUIT his career with MSNBC.

    I was rooting for him because Sarah Palin has made so many inappropriate comments even to the point of mapping out certain states and saying re-load or retreat and then Gabrielle Gifford as well as several other innocent people lives were taken by a mentally ill person that listened to her message.

    Sarah Palin has always made stupid, ignorant comments and continues to do so. Just recently I saw her on CNN and there she was again STUPID coming out of her mouth.

    Just think if she had made it to the VP position..what a laughing stock the US would be. I cannot believe anyone with any common nonsense even thought about her. Were you so blind as to just seeing an attractive face. There are many of those out there. Kim Kardashian should have been one of the contenders and you would have face and body.

    Thank John McCain for the train wreck…We could not have done it without his help.

    • Bucktooth

      May 6, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Kartrashians..NOT ANYTHING!! Terrible also!!

  2. keep it real

    May 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    He meant what he said

  3. Pharaoh

    May 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    The person is liar; he knew dayum well Melissa is an African American WOMAN journalist, that’s why he called her a ape. He’s a COWARD not OWNING-UP to his words as many RACISt do once CAUGHT in a racist rant.

    He should lose his job and the PPL in that CTY need to get him out of office NOW! He’s the Dutchess County controllers, he’s racially bias which means he racially bias to Afr-Amer tax payers in said cty as Controller…which means he doesn’t have the BEST interest of Afri-Amer. he sees them as APES! Wake up PPL! Stop electing these racist PPL who you referenced NOT before voting for them.

  4. sweet1

    May 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Unfortunately, this racist poverty pimp will stay in office benefiting off the same people he hates,unless we come together and do something about it.

  5. elethe Powell

    May 6, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    It is easy to get this racist out of office……we don’t have any more room for a racist politician. Just don’t vote for him……

  6. gnwalker

    May 6, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    The racist who keep saying they are not racist, because they have a black friend, don’t believe that anymore, because a black man has pass his place and is now in the White House and, is the President of the United State of America!!

  7. Sekou

    May 7, 2014 at 4:30 am

    WOW, after reading her and hearing her in these few years….I’m confuse, why are people trying to defend her. She’s not a Black middle class inarticulate “Ape?”

    • shamsky24

      May 7, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Perhaps you should consider learning how to write an intelligible English sentence before referring to someone like Harris-Perry as “inarticulate,” let alone an “ape.”

  8. Corky J.

    May 7, 2014 at 9:15 am

    You can’t FIX Stupid, but you can VOTE it OUT OF OFFICE.

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