Here's something pretty messed up, but not all that surprising. Orange County Republican Party central-committee member and Tea Party activist, Marilyn Davenport, recently decided to send out a "joke email" to all her colleagues. In case you weren't aware, "joke email" is what the kids are calling racist quips these days. The note in question featured a primate family with Obama's face superimposed on the baby of the bunch, along with the grammatically-offensive caption, "Now you know why no birth certificate." Looks like Donald Trump just found his next Christmas card.
So how did Davenport respond when caught sending the insensitive missive? By not apologizing, of course. "Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist," said Davenport in a recent interview. "It was a joke. I have friends who are black." Yes, you read that right. She actually said "I have friends who are black," which is possibly more offensive than the email itself. But hey, there's no better way to combat allegations of racism than by making even more racist statements.
Even Davenport's peers are chagrined. Orange County Republican Party chairman Scott Baugh told OC Weekly that Davenport should consider resigning. "I think she should consider stepping down as an elected official," he said. "It (the email) is dripping with racism and it does not promote the type of message Orange County Republicans want to deliver to the public."