Carl Paladino, a Trump campaign ally from New York, is apologizing after creating a controversy because of racist remarks he made about the first family.
“I never intended to hurt the minority community who I spent years trying to help out of the cycle of poverty in our inner cities,” Paladino posted on Facebook, according to Politico. “I apologize.”
Paladino’s apology comes after a New York publication revealed his response to four questions, where Paladino said he hoped President Obama died and Michelle Obama would “return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”
The Trump transition team called Paladino’s statements “absolutely reprehensible.”
He said that he received the questions “at an emotional moment,” referencing Obama’s comments about Aleppo.
“Those survey questions provided me with the spark to vent and write deprecating humor about a bad President for whom the main stream media continues to seek an undeserved legacy,” Paladino’s statement read. “I wanted to say something as sarcastic and hurtful as possible about the people who are totally responsible for the hurt and suffering of so many others. I was wired up, primed to be human and I made a mistake. I could not have made a worse choice in the words I used to express my feelings.”