Report: Housley compared Michelle Obama to a ‘chimp’

MinnPost photo by Brian Halliday
State Sen. Karin Housley

Not good. HuffPost’s Daniel Marans reports:Republican Karin Housley, a state senator running to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate, compared then-first lady Michelle Obama to a ‘chimp’ in 2009. … In an April 2009 Facebook post, Housley criticized the first lady’s posture when she met Queen Elizabeth II. … ‘Michelle is soooo far from cool. Don’t we expect our First Ladies to at least stand up straight? (And my dear sister, know the proper etiquette and DO NOT TOUCH THE QUEEN!),’ Housley wrote on her Facebook wall.”

High praise. The Star Tribune’s Jessie Van Berkel reports: “A third-party candidate for Minnesota attorney general is endorsing Democrat Keith Ellison in the tight race. … Noah Johnson, a Minneapolis attorney who’s running for the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis party, said in an interview Sunday that he is throwing his support behind Ellison because the congressman called for the legalization of marijuana.

Did you know it was still open? The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo reports: “Sears, the storied national retailer that filed for bankruptcy Monday, will close its St. Paul location on Rice Street and a Land’s End store by Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka. … published the full list of 142 store closings on Monday, and a location at the Mall of America in Bloomington was not on the list.”

These people have a legitimate gripe about development. The Star Tribune’s Chris Serres reports: “Tenants of an apartment building in south Minneapolis have been ordered to leave immediately after inspectors responded to complaints of structural damage caused by construction work nearby. … The 27-unit apartment complex at 2003 Aldrich Av. S. developed visible cracks to its brick exterior, and over many of its floors, early this summer after crews began excavation on an adjacent site.

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Comments (24)

  1. Submitted by Pat Brady on 10/15/2018 - 12:36 pm.

    Whoo! Social media posts can come back a haunt one. Any teenager even knows that cautionary rule of thumb.
    Karin Housley seems like a very petty gossip when you read her FB posts with her friend in discussing the First Lady in 2009.
    Was Karin an elected official at the time?
    Till she became the GOP nominee, I never heard of Karin Housley.

  2. Submitted by Pat Terry on 10/15/2018 - 12:44 pm.

    Karin Housley is a racist? Didn’t see that one coming.

    Narrator: actually, Pat did see that one coming a mile away.

  3. Submitted by ian wade on 10/15/2018 - 12:44 pm.

    I guess Housely had better drag her husband out for more gratuitous shots on skates as a reminder to the gullible that he was an NHL star.

  4. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 10/15/2018 - 01:32 pm.

    Senator Housley probable isn’t getting the attention she expected to get by comparing Michelle Obama to a “Chimp” in 2009. Now it has hit the national news as well. I guess following Trumps example of HATE mongering wasn’t such a good idea. So if you want someone to work for you filled with HATE vote for Housley. If you want someone who will work for you WITHOUT the hate vote for Tina Smith. Thanks for making it an easy decision Senator Housley.

  5. Submitted by Curtis Senker on 10/15/2018 - 01:43 pm.

    “I do miss Nancy Reagan. Ronald even more. Speaking of Bedtime for Bonzo, I think even that chimp stood up straighter than Michelle,”

    Context is everything, but nice try.

    • Submitted by Eric House on 10/15/2018 - 02:41 pm.

      Context made it better? I’m not seeing. It was a flat out racist statement. I expected better.

    • Submitted by Henk Tobias on 10/15/2018 - 03:15 pm.

      Of course it does and in this context she is comparing Michelle Obama to a chimp. Anyone with an ounce of sense knows that comparing black folks to apes has a long and racist history. So in this case I don’t see how context helps Housley.

    • Submitted by Pat Terry on 10/15/2018 - 03:53 pm.

      Yes, that context shows that Housley is super duper racist.

    • Submitted by John Evans on 10/15/2018 - 05:08 pm.

      Senker’s about half-right; this is kind of oblique. It deserves a mention in the news, though it’s a pretty weak excuse to start screaming about White Supremacism.

      Still, it gives off a nice whiff of cracker sentiment, doesn’t it? She deserves the chance to disperse that odor, but if she doesn’t, it’s definitely gonna linger.

      Let’s all send Karin a can a can of Glade!

    • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 10/15/2018 - 05:26 pm.

      You mean, you can’t a dog whistle?

    • Submitted by Matt Haas on 10/15/2018 - 09:07 pm.

      Was the context of insult regarding fashion choices, and behavior much better? Guess the GOP is courting the “Mean Girls”/”Real Housewives” set? She might as well just said “I hate poor people”.

    • Submitted by ian wade on 10/18/2018 - 02:14 pm.

      Oh, NOW context is important. Considering that the GOP spent 8 years dismissing it while turning partial quotes from Obama and Clinton into political dog whistles, it’s nice to know that they’ve once again embraced the concept.

  6. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 10/15/2018 - 02:30 pm.

    Look for many Republicans to immediately denounce Housley’s racist comments.

    Oh wait, that’s right, Republicans just never outright denounce racist comments. And after playing footsie with racists and bigots for 40 years, in the era of Don Trump they don’t even bother playing footsie, they just out right say things like, “Manny fine people, on both sides…”

    Let the denials begin…

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 10/15/2018 - 02:51 pm.

      “It’s all about context. It’s completely coincidental that Michelle Obama was referred to in the same sentence as a reference to an animal often used as a racial slur.”

      And these are the people who got their shorts in a knot over the “deplorable” remark.

  7. Submitted by Tory Koburn on 10/15/2018 - 02:37 pm.

    There’s just something about Facebook that seems to bring out the worst in people.

    FWIW, the Housley “chimp” quote was:

    “Speaking of Bedtime for Bonzo, I think even that chimp stood up straighter than Michelle.”

    • Submitted by Harris Goldstein on 10/15/2018 - 04:48 pm.

      Facebook is a megaphone. What goes out is the same as what goes in – just a bit louder. Racist in – racist out.

      There just seems to be something about the Republican Party that attracts those with racist views. At one point in time, you could counter that by pointing to the dixiecrats in the Democratic Party, but that ended in the 50s and early 60s.

  8. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 10/15/2018 - 02:50 pm.

    Karin Housley has shown herself to be a truly low class person. The “chimp” and “black market” comments were bad enough, but then this putative adult has to behave like a stereotypical teen-aged mean girl. Honestly, is sniping about someone wearing uncool brands something you do after the 10th grade?

  9. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 10/15/2018 - 03:05 pm.

    This strikes me as partly a “make a mountain out of a molehill” sort of thing – the context of the statement **does** make a difference, though not as much of one as Housley would like to think – and partly the sort of overtly racist comment drawing well-deserved ridicule and criticism to yet another privileged white gal whose claim to fame is that she married a well-known athlete.

    I’d be remiss if I didn’t also note that Frank Phelan has pretty well nailed the sort of response we can expect from Republicans everywhere. I’ll be very, very surprised if there are any prominent Republicans, especially in Minnesota, who publicly criticize her thoughtless, racist quip. “I’m sure she didn’t mean…” seems more likely.

  10. Submitted by John Evans on 10/15/2018 - 06:49 pm.

    But seriously, Karin Housley should NOT want a lot of people critiquing her style on social media. It really won’t be pretty.

  11. Submitted by Mike Chrun on 10/16/2018 - 08:38 am.

    Yes, it was a while ago but I sense this gives a pretty good insight into Housley’s basic character: shallow, disdainful of people different from her, and a nastiness she tries to gloss over with her failed wholesome All-American girl appearance. Actually a very good Republican candidate.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 10/16/2018 - 11:18 am.

      If she really has changed, one would think that she would have the courage to address these posts head-on, instead of having a campaign flak grouse about the liberal media.

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