MT GOPer “baffled” that Obama elected; Says “It must mean there are more lesbians, queers, Indians, Mexicans and n—words than the rest of us”
Billings Gazette is reporting today that an elected Republican official in Billings says he won’t resign after using the n-word in an email criticizing President Obama.
UPDATE: While the local KULR 8 station reported that Lenington called president the n-word in an email message, the Billings Gazette reports that what County Superintendent and Treasurer Max Lenington actually said is:
“It still baffles me as to how he got elected,” Lenington wrote of the president. “It must mean there are more lesbians, queers, Indians, Mexicans and n——— than the rest of us!”
Lenington told the local NBC station that “he is by no means racist and only used the word out of frustration.”
When overcome with the urge to use the n-word to describe American voters, Lenington was emailing his sister from his work computer, who then forwarded the email to others–proving that imbecility is probably genetic.
Lenington told KULR-8 of the email, “It wasn’t made for public consumption. I thought it was a private conversation,” and also, “I don’t talk that way and I would like to apologize.”
However, he told a Billings Gazette reporter that
“he ‘probably’ regrets the email. He also told a reporter that ‘you’ve got to get out with the real people because you’ll see that people still use that word periodically,’ the newspaper reported.”
The Republican has been under fire in the past for writing things like this. In August he made national news after he was caught plagiarizing a racist rant about the Obamas. He has also accused the president of committing “treason.”
Lenington is not the only Yellowstone County Republican to be accused of racism. Earlier this year, the Chair of the Yellowstone County Republicans was caught posting a photo of a device designed to trap president Obama by luring him with a watermelon in February.
Jennifer Olsen at first refused to comment on the post and, like Lenington, Olsen refused to resign. She kept mum while allowing the County GOP to release an idiotic statement on her behalf, defending her on grounds that “none of Olsen’s 1,000 or so Facebook friends have corroborated” that they ever received the posting, and that the possibility thus exists that Olsen “may have been hacked.”
But the shoe finally dropped for Olsen when a young conservative who was friends with the Chair on Facebook came forward and told reporters at the Billings Outpost that he received Olsen’s racist Facebook post in his news feed. He even took a screenshot of the incident.
A month later, the Billings Gazette reported that the Chair of Montana’s largest GOP county group would not seek re-election and instead was “looking forward to spending some time with my wonderful boyfriend.”