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.

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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.