Republican candidate for New York’s 30th district, Jon Girodes, thought he had the perfect plan to win over the hearts and minds of Harlem’s predominantly black voters. He let the details of it slip during a correspondence with NBC 4 New York’s I-Team when they contacted him via email regarding a totally unrelated, minor real-estate issue Girodes was involved in that is now under dispute.
Girodes added the worst “P.S.” in history on the end of the email reply to let the news team know of the upcoming event. Does this guy not have staffers to read this stuff?
The part in question is shown below:
PS I’m hosting an event in Harlem which will be in front of the state building in a few weeks. We will [donate] Kool Aid, KFC and watermelons to the public on 125th street in Harlem. Please join us to help the community.
Yeah. He’s going to “donate” Kool-Aid, fried chicken, and watermelons… IN HARLEM. I bet that’ll go over well, right?
And then, he doubled down, because of course, he did. Girodes followed up his astoundingly ignorant comment by informing every black person in Harlem that they were incorrect, and nothing was offensive about what he said.
Girodes’ “explanation” to black people is below:
What I think is anyone who gives free food to people is doing them a favor. Get a bunch of people who say it’s offensive and let me go into their neighborhood and give it out for free and see if they take it.
See that, you silly black people? He’s doing you a favor by feeding you for free! And he totally knows that if he set up shop in front of your house, you’d be out there eating it! So there!
Obviously, the people of Harlem feel differently about this whole thing. “It’s racist. Whoever he is, I think he should go back in whatever hole he crawled in and have a great life,” Tyrone Nero said in an interview. “It’s more than an insult and anybody with any sense would see that’s pathetically racist and insulting,” added community member Scott Randolph. “That is so stereotypical,” said passerby Jose Paulimo. “It is very offensive.”
I bet you thought this couldn’t get worse for Girodes. That wouldn’t entirely be accurate. The exchange then veered in the direction of his minor real-estate scandal. Girodes was accused of taking a $750 dollar deposit from a woman who wanted to rent an apartment from him, but when she ended up unable to move in, he kept the money.
Girodes denies this claim and was quoted as saying “I was not involved in any scam. I am involved in it as of the people that are trying to scam me. I’m the biggest victim ever.”
It’s probably a good idea when you’re coming under fire for being a hopelessly ignorant racist that you never use the phrase “I’m the biggest victim ever,” even if you aren’t referring directly to the racism bit. He’s such a Republican, isn’t he?
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