GOP House candidate slammed ‘dumb and hungry’ black people
If it seems like audiences keep learning more about Carl Paladino’s ugly rhetorical record, it’s not your imagination. CNN reported on the latest evidence.
New York Republican congressional candidate Carl Paladino told a radio host in late 2016 that black Americans were being kept “dumb and hungry” so they could be conditioned to vote only for the Democratic Party. , saying, “You can’t teach them any different”. Paladino, then a Buffalo school board member, was defending himself against allegations that his previous comments were racist and said he cared about black people, but they were packaged to be a base for Democrats.
He added at the time: “I don’t consider myself a racist in any way.”
And while I’m sure the Republican’s perception of himself is quite impressive, his actual record continues to hamper.
Going back to our previous coverage, Paladino has a history of racism, homophobiaand driving completely crazy conspiracy theories. More recently, the New Yorker shared a Facebook message claiming that the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde were false flag operations. (The Republican soon after said he had “no idea” how the post appeared on his page.)
Two weeks ago, the public learned of an interview Paladino did last year in which he said Adolf Hitler was “the kind of leader we need today.” (The candidate soon after tried to clear things up, issuing a statement that he didn’t actually support Hitler.)
Now we are faced with a related story in which Paladino publicly argued that rogue Democrats have somehow kept black Americans “dumb and hungry,” which cannot be undone since, in the mind of the GOP nominee, blacks cannot be taught. Otherwise.
I have a hunch this won’t be the last such story to come to the fore between now and Election Day.
Part of what makes this remarkable — aside from the obvious offensiveness of Paladino’s unsubtle racism — is the extent to which the New York Republican captures a larger political dynamic. Benjy Sarlin of NBC News, for example, recently explained, “Paladino was one of the first canaries in the coal mine where politics was headed. He emailed a video of bestiality to his contact list (yes, you read that right) along with racist memes featuring the n-word, then won the ‘gubernatorial’ nomination in New York in 2010.
This is a positive and underestimated point. As ridiculous as Donald Trump’s rise in GOP politics may seem, there were plenty of hints of sweeping shifts in attitude among rank-and-file Republicans. The fact that Paladino can win a gubernatorial primary in a big blue state, after voters learned of his disgusting opinions, proved to be a sign of things to come.
Indeed, let’s not forget that during Trump’s candidacy in 2016, his political operation brought in a man to oversee the campaign in New York State: Carl Paladino.
But let’s not forget either that the problem is not entirely retrospective. Elise Stefanik, Speaker of the House Republican Conference, quickly threw his support behind the Paladino’s congressional bid, indifferent to his racist record.
When the party learned of his argument that Hitler was “the kind of leader we need,” the total number of GOP leaders who withdrew their support for Paladino was zero.