Liberals are calling for a Washington state mayor to resign after he called Michelle Obama a “gorilla face” during an angry rant.
Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing came under fire this week after it was found that he had posted the angry comment on Facebook.
“Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that,” the message read, according to Raw Story. “The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.”
Rushing apologized after the message went public, but that didn’t stop the liberal backlash. On Tuesday, the Airway Heights City Council asked the mayor to resign from his position. Rushing, however, refused.
“I made a mistake. I owned up to my mistake,” Rushing insisted. “If I do resign that’s admitting I’m a racist and I’m not.”
Deputy City Manager and Police Chief Lee Bennett pointed out that Rushing has already been labelled a racist in the court of public opinion.
“I can tell you that in the matter of public opinion they were racist (comments). When you become a public figure I’m no longer Lee Bennett citizen,” Bennett pointed out. “I’m Police Chief Bennett.”
The council has passed a motion in a 5-1 vote asking City Attorney Stan Schwartz to draft an official resolution condemning Rushing’s comments. They have not ruled out including sanctions against the mayor.
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