Carl Paladino has made quite a stir over the past few weeks, all stemming from his response to a survey.
Artvoice, a local publication in the Buffalo, NY area, asked four simple questions of better-known figures in the community. It dared to publish even the vilest of answers. Artvoice asked:
1. What would you most like to happen in 2017?
2. What would you like to see go away in 2017?
3. Who would you like to see run for mayor of Buffalo in next year’s election?
4. Should the new $50 million Amtrak station be at Central Terminal or Canal Side?
Here is Paladino’s response:
The chair of Donald Trump’s New York Campaign, a close, loud-mouthed ally of the President-elect, also sits on the school board of Buffalo, NY school district. According to NBC News, the school board sent a powerful message to the actions and words of the racist Paladino on December 29, voting 6-2 to give him 24 hours to resign his seat or the case would be escalated to Department of Education. The School Board President, Barbara Nevergold, gave a powerful and moving closing statement before the vote was taken, and with that statement she announced to the world that Paladino would not be tolerated.
Her message resonated from its very beginning: “Words matter, Mr. Paladino. Our president, the Commander in Chief of this nation for the last eight years, Mrs. Obama, our First Lady, and Mrs. Valerie Jarrett, special presidential council are all African-Americans. Among other things, they are accomplished, intelligent, beautiful people and that’s not just my opinion.”
In a powerful final statement, she delivers a knock-out punch to Paladino by taking a calculated swing at his good friend Donald Trump, too. “They would like me to tell you, ‘You’re Fired.’ But those are not my words. So I’m asking you to do the right thing – and resign.”