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Carlos Beruff: My Obama comment wasn't racist, just taken out of context

Carlos Beruff says his statement about President Barack Obama, "Unfortunately, for seven and a half years this animal we call president, because he's an animal, okay ...," was taken out of context.

Grant Jefferies | Bradenton Herald (2015)

Carlos Beruff says his statement about President Barack Obama, "Unfortunately, for seven and a half years this animal we call president, because he's an animal, okay ...," was taken out of context.

So Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff called President Barack Obama an animal the other day. As in: "Unfortunately, for seven and a half years this animal we call president, because he's an animal, OK - seven and a half years, has surgically and with thought and very smart, intelligent manner, destroyed this country and dismantled the military under not one, not two, but three secretary of defenses."

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that Beruff said his comments were taken out of context: "...I use strong language and it was meant in the context of the (current) dismantling of the military. I could have called him a bird, plane, anything," Beruff said.

This, of course, makes complete sense: "Unfortunately, for seven and a half years this PLANE we call president, because he's a PLANE, OK - seven and a half years, has surgically and with thought and very smart, intelligent manner, destroyed this country and dismantled the military under not one, not two, but three secretary of defenses."

Anyhoo, his critics continue to seize on it.

Republican Senate candidate David Jolly brought it up in the context of everybody expecting Marco Rubio soon to formalize his endorsement of Carlos Lopez-Cantera soon. Said Jolly:"I have so much respect for Marco Rubio that I'd expect he'd withhold his endorsement until Carlos condemns Beruff's racist remarks against the President of the United States."

The campaign of Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy released a statement from Joyce Cusack and Democratic National Committee member from Volusia County:

"Carlos Beruff's racist and derogatory comments about the President of the United States are not just unacceptable, but completely out of line. By refusing to accept responsibility for his racial dog whistling, Mr. Beruff has revealed a deeply concerning commitment to a cynical brand of politics that seeks to divide Floridians with hatred and fear," said Cusack. "That's not who we are as a state, and that's not who we are as a country. This type of mentality has no place in Florida politics. It is harmful to our public discourse and Mr. Beruff owes Floridians an apology.

Here's the video of Beruff:

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:25pm]

    

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