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Democratic Senate candidate Mark
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Posted By: NorthernDog, 9/10/2020 4:12:02 PM

Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly apologized on Thursday for an offensive comment he made two years ago while joking about the physiological changes his twin brother experienced after spending a year in space. (Snip) “He’s like halfway between an orangutan and a Howler Monkey. We’ve even changed his name to Rodrigo. He lives in the woods. He lives in Eagle Rock Reservation,” a reference to a New Jersey forest reserve and recreational park. The video of Kelly speaking was posted Thursday on Twitter by Moses Sanchez, a Republican businessman and Navy veteran who unsuccessfully ran for Phoenix mayor in 2018.


He's a Dem. All will be forgiven.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: msjena 9/10/2020 4:21:50 PM (No. 536881)
No love for Kelly, but I don't get why that is racist.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird 9/10/2020 4:21:53 PM (No. 536882)
Isn’t this Gabby Gifford’s pain in the backside husband?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Northcross 9/10/2020 4:24:36 PM (No. 536886)
Former astronaut running for office apologizes for nothing to prove he is woke. Brilliant move on his part.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: jntsrgn 9/10/2020 4:25:15 PM (No. 536888)
Where is the racist part?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird 9/10/2020 4:25:31 PM (No. 536890)
Running against McSally. He’s Gabby Giffords’s husband, though I could find no mention of her in this article… Isn’t the Republic a Liberal rag?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: starboard 9/10/2020 4:25:59 PM (No. 536891)
Go get him Martha.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: monster 9/10/2020 4:26:37 PM (No. 536892)
Is there more to the article? I'm no fan of Kelly, but I don't think what he said is racist. Overreaction is more like it if anyone's panties bunched to the joke. Do we really want to live in a world that everything we say is scrutinized? Instead of breaking down every syllable in a search for racist remarks, why not give the benefit of doubt? I was expecting something along the lines of: “You got the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” or “We should challenge students in these schools. We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.” or “Well, I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rumblehog 9/10/2020 4:48:54 PM (No. 536911)
A mildly "racist" joke isn't the problem, it's his liberalism.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: SALady 9/10/2020 4:49:12 PM (No. 536913)
For those going "that's not racist", you have to "think" like a Demon-Rat (and I use the term loosely, because of they were physically capable of thinking, they certainly wouldn't be Demon-Rats). If a Republican said this, he or she would be crucified because it "feels" racist. And feelings are the only things Lie-Berals comprehend. If you don't think this sounds racist, it's because you are applying logic, reason, and facts. Lie-Berals can't comprehend any of those things. And if that is the standard applied to conservatives and Republicans, then Kelly is a huge hypocrite if he doesn't resign from the campaign immediately and cover himself with sackcloth and ashes!!!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Strike3 9/10/2020 4:49:17 PM (No. 536914)
So which race did Kelly denigrate? Which race did I potentially denigrate? If you are sensitive to the mention of orangutans or Howler Monkeys, you just might have some in your ancestry.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: bamapreacher 9/10/2020 4:50:52 PM (No. 536918)
In heavily Hispanic Arizona calling a monkey Rodrigo isn't likely to go over too well.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: CecilStrange 9/10/2020 4:55:17 PM (No. 536924)
How can you all not see that the use of the name Rodrigo is what makes it racist. If he said we call him Stan, nobody would say anything. Think about it - he's a monkey now and we call him Rodrigo. Maybe this gets some traction in AZ
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Reply 13 - Posted by: earlybird 9/10/2020 5:09:45 PM (No. 536938)
Any reference to simians is now considered to be racist. I consider this code to be something the blacks are doing to themselves...
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Ditto1958 9/10/2020 5:27:00 PM (No. 536948)
Why did he feel he had to apologize for that? Jeez. What is wrong with people today? There is nothing racist about that.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: marbles 9/10/2020 5:53:54 PM (No. 536958)
# 4 In The Big Book of Microaggressions , it says that comparing anyone to monkeys or apes is RACIST.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: volksford 9/10/2020 5:54:57 PM (No. 536959)
We demand your resignation !
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Reply 17 - Posted by: udanja99 9/10/2020 6:18:37 PM (No. 536971)
The reason it’s racist - his nickname is Mexican and Kelly compared him to monkeys.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: maryann4629 9/10/2020 7:01:32 PM (No. 537004)
WHY IS THIS NOT DISQUALIFYING????? Any candidate with an R after his name would have been shown the door already!
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Skeptical1 9/10/2020 7:06:16 PM (No. 537006)
Kelly said: “He’s like halfway between an orangutan and a Howler Monkey. We’ve even changed his name to Rodrigo." His opponent said: “He must think people named Rodrigo look like monkeys." On the surface, I'd have to agree. Is there another explanation? A cartoon character, or something like that? To me, the name "Rodrigo" only suggests someone with Iberian or mestizo features, or maybe a Spanish or Portuguese accent. I don't get the connection with monkeys, but if that's what he meant, it was a gratuitous insult.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: anniebc 9/10/2020 7:10:44 PM (No. 537009)
I'm thinking the people accusing him of racism are racist who themselves equate the two animals with a certain group of people, and apparently, the dem Senate candidate goes, oh right, that was racist. Serious freakin'-ly?
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Reply 21 - Posted by: AlpineLace 9/10/2020 7:29:51 PM (No. 537017)
What in the heck is he talking about? Typical brother comment.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: laurenc 9/10/2020 8:43:09 PM (No. 537064)
Why try to explain, just say I'm sorry. Dems apologize, and all is forgiven.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: dirtyjersey 9/10/2020 9:13:09 PM (No. 537077)
Sadly, Martha McSally is going to help elect another imbecile Democrat get elected in AZ. And oh by the way she was an A10 Warthog pilot, in case you didn’t know the first 10 times she mentioned it.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: whyyeseyec 9/10/2020 9:23:55 PM (No. 537083)
Racist joke or not, if it keeps him out of the senate, it's a win-win for everyone.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Chuzzles 9/10/2020 10:25:02 PM (No. 537103)
Why have minorities been allowed to co-opt orangutans and howler monkeys as being some kind of minority representation? These creatures do not represent anything but themselves. Yeah, this is indeed Gabby Gifford's annoying husband. I actually feel sorry for her, because the anger I have witnessed in him when she does the rare public speaking engagements is rather scary. I know he had to give up his astronaut career, but the anger is just unfathomable. I don't want that in my Senate for sure. Would not surprise me either if his lame joke was because he is still processing the reality that his brother's DNA did change in space. Not identical twins any longer.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Trigger2 9/10/2020 11:58:26 PM (No. 537142)
Did he wink wink after uttering his apology?
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Reply 27 - Posted by: KTWO 9/11/2020 12:25:22 AM (No. 537158)
"changed his name to Rodrigo" is probably what Kelly is apologizing for. I don't like Kelly but he has apologized and that should end it. I wouldn't let it influence my vote.
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