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Arizona Radio Host: Obama is a ‘Monkey’

Arizona Radio Host: Obama is a ‘Monkey’

An Arizona talk show host repeatedly called President Barack Obama a “monkey,” said she “voted for the white guy” in 2008, and was cut off as she appeared to be about to call Obama America’s “First Monkey President.”

Barbara Espinoza, a radio host on KFNX-AM in Phoenix, made her remarks on her daily radio show.

“I call him a monkey,” she said, in response to a caller, who had said Obama had “rabbit ears.”

“Joe, I don’t call him, ‘guy with rabbit ears,’ I call him a monkey.” She continued, “I don’t believe in calling him the ‘First Black President,’ I think he should be called –” before the caller saved her from herself by interrupting.

She continued, “I voted for the white guy, myself.”

Espinoza was called out in comments at the Sonoran Alliance, a conservative website whose commenters were nevertheless aghast at Espinoza’s statement.

As DailyKos writer The Klute reported, Espinoza said that she was merely responding to racist cartoons that were sent to her, and that she could not be racist because her last name was Espinoza.

Espinoza remained unrepentant in a blog post, in which she said, “I did use the word monkey and Obama in the same sentence. Yes I did say I voted for the white guy. Unless there has been a takeover of America and free speech is no longer allowed and I can be put to death for making a remark, I refuse to take the fifth.”

She then continued to defend herself by cutting-and-pasting text from Wikipedia about monkeys, though she did not indicate why that would be relevant.

The Africans-are-Monkeys canard is one of the oldest racist tropes around. Sadly but unsurprisingly, the attack has been used repeatedly against the president and the first lady.

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7:31AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Good morning Mary.

I think Cyan D. did run for president as a Republican in several different bodies!!! We heard this type of rhetoric on a daily basis from each of the front running (and many that were not) candidates...

THIS IS EXACTLY WHO THEY ARE!

The GOP teaches this about themselves daily... It is the basis for everything that they do and say.

We have to accept their "Anti-Christ"-like behaviors for what they are, and go about our business. (Much like we do for the KKK crazies, the Aryan brotherhood, and the many Satanic orders across the country!!!)

3:06AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Care2, Cyan D should be removed for his obvious racist tone.

10:21PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Cyan D said "Kevin-I got everything I wrote from listening to BO. Opposition is not hate. I heard BO say in ghetto speech that whitey hates the black Katrina victims."

Oh you did not. That is just a bald face lie.

Oh and anybody that does not believe you silly lies are "unquestioning, politically correct people...not comprehending or acknowledging lies, inconsistencies and attacking anyone who dares question hubris and arrogance."?

Jesus, How pathetic can you get?

10:20PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Cyan D......considering you just joined 6 days ago, you have a lot of hate to share.....yours is one of the most disrespectful posts about your President that I have ever read.......all I can say to someone like you is "if you think you are better and can do a better job, run for office"........

10:13PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Kevin-I got everything I wrote from listening to BO. Opposition is not hate. I heard BO say in ghetto speech that whitey hates the black Katrina victims. He lied about the Senate vote is a he said whitey didn't pass the relief bill because the whitey senate hates blacks. He voted against the bill; it passed over his vote 2 wks before he made his statements.
The only thing pathetic is you assuming that BO is above reproach and that I am pathetic for my restatement of his lies and my opposition to everything he seems to stand for, which changes all the time, and my dislike of his arrogance and trampling on my constitutional rights. The country needs help; I need help to remain free of his policies, but with unquestioning, politically correct people like you not comprehending or acknowledging lies, inconsistencies and attacking anyone who dares question hubris and arrogance, the country is doomed.

10:01PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

I disagree with almost everything the pres says and does. I object to his speaking ghetto and lying about his votes when speaking to black audiences, claiming "whitey" Senate hates you. Yes I heard him say that. He is a multimillionaire according to his tax returns, and he has never held a job in the private sector. He got preferential treatment to get into Harvard, has no academic credentials, lied about his mother's insurance status, claimed to be a Kenyan until he ran for President, lied about his upbringing (private schools, white grandparents raised him, he was not raised black) and if the Kenyan was his bio father (unlikely) he is not 1/2 black, but `1/2 white, part Kenyan and part Arab. He most definitely is not the first black president. He is the first 1/2 white and part black and part arab president if the Kenyan is his father. I am not a racist for disagreeing with him, which is the first criticism I hear ("you just don't like him because he's black!!"when I disagree with a stupid public pronouncement he makes, and he makes a lot). which is stupid in itself, because at best he is more white than black IF he for once told the truth that the Kenyan is is father . , . It would take a book to document all his transgressions, several have been written. We will need at least 2 more just to cover part of the bull excrement he has spread on our government, not to mention the destruction of our basic liberties that he is engaged in, with the bogus policies and unconstitut

9:52PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

con'd bogus and unconstitutional policies he has imposed on us.
Was Espinoza politically incorrect in her statement? Yes. Did she have a right to do so? Yes Has the pres done the same? Yes. Has the left and/or the politically correct engaged in hate speech? Yes, just review a few of the hateful things passed off as jokes by for example, Bill Mahr or Chris Matthews in their war on conservative women (send them to get raped, for example) There is blame enough to go around, just the left has the bully pulpit and the media and get to claim (false) righteous anger when the right "offends" them.
Just because you don't agree with someone and use insults that may offend someone else who gets to define what is offensive and hateful, does not make it so. Straw dogs and false premises. I am offended by the lies I know BO has told, and I am offended by his language and his trampling of my rights and his contradictions. Just because he is pres for 4 more yrs does not exempt him from criticism and does not make him above insults, however stupid they are. He does it all the time. He is an elitist, rich, 1/2 white guy who has claimed to be Kenyan, favors Islam at the expense of Christians, who advocates union thuggery and wealth distribution of everybody else's wealth. Deal with it.

9:41PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Cyan - that is just pathetic, I have never read a post filled with so much lies and hate in my life. I don't know from what collection of right wing radio and hate sites you are getting your so-called facts, but you should really get some help.

9:36PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

I disagree with almost everything the pres says and does. I object to his speaking ghetto and lying about his votes when speaking to black audiences, claiming "whitey" Senate hates you. Yes I heard him say that. He is a multimillionaire according to his tax returns, and he has never held a job in the private sector. He got preferential treatment to get into Harvard, has no academic credentials, lied about his mother's insurance status, claimed to be a Kenyan until he ran for President, lied about his upbringing (private schools, white grandparents raised him, he was not raised black) and if the Kenyan was his bio father (unlikely) he is not 1/2 black, but `1/2 white, part Kenyan and part Arab. He most definitely is not the first black president. He is the first 1/2 white and part black and part arab president if the Kenyan is his father. I am not a racist for disagreeing with him, which is the first criticism I hear ("you just don't like him because he's black!!"when I disagree with a stupid public pronouncement he makes, and he makes a lot). which is stupid in itself, because at best he is more white than black IF he for once told the truth that the Kenyan is is father . , . It would take a book to document all his transgressions, several have been written. We will need at least 2 more just to cover part of the bull excrement he has spread on our government, not to mention the destruction of our basic liberties that he is engaged in, with the bogus policies and unconstitut

8:54PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Thank you.

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