Housley fires back after article reveals she compared Michelle Obama to a chimp in 2009 Facebook post

She is alleged to have called then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton a "porker in a royal blue pantsuit." 

Laura Oakes
October 15, 2018 - 12:08 pm

Minnesota U-S Senate candidate Karin Housley is speaking out following an unflattering article about her in the Huffington Post

The article dug into Housley's Facebook history, finding posts she wrote in 2009 that compare then-First Lady Michelle Obama to a chimp, and call then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton a "porker in a royal blue pantsuit." 

As the Huff Post article notes, the chimp comparison came in a comment on a post she made criticizing the then-first lady's posture in a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II. She said "I do miss Nancy Reagan. Ronald even more. Speaking of Bedtime for Bonzo. I think even that chimp stood stranger than Michelle."

In the comment thread on her post, Housley said the chimpanzee in the 1951 film “Bedtime for Bonzo,” starring then-actor Ronald Reagan, likely had better posture than Mrs. Obama.  "I do miss Nancy Reagan. Ronald even more. Speaking of Bedtime for Bonzo. I think even that chimp stood stranger than Michelle," she wrote. 

Comparing African-Americans to apes has long been historically been a part of racist American discourse. Housley, seemingly aware that her statement could be controversial,  ended her comment with, "Oh-oh, someone is going to make a comment."

In the same thread, Housley continues by criticizing the flowers the first lady gave to the queen, suggesting that they should be in bloom. Then, she added.
"Bring Michelle a bouquet, oh wait, she's started her own garden.. and organic one (sic). Just bring her a gift certificate to White House Black Market."

It's unclear what Housley was referencing with "Black Market." She ended that comment with "I'm cracking' myself up."

Housley's campaign released the following statement: 

"It’s not surprising Tina Smith’s campaign is using an out-of-context Facebook post from ten years ago to manufacture outrage. This is what the radical left does when they are losing—they attack Republicans so they don’t have to come up with solutions to the problems Minnesotans are facing. Imagine if the media spent the same amount of energy investigating Keith Ellison as they do digging into candidates’ old Facebook posts and satirical columns from a decade ago.”

Housley is trailing Smith in the most recent polls.