Oct. 16, 2018

Karin Housley – currently a state senator who serves in Minnesota – took to Facebook in 2009 to compare Ms Obama to the chimpanzee in 1951 film Bedtime for Bonzo, which starred Ronald Reagan.

“Michelle is soooo far from cool. Don’t we expect our first ladies to at least stand up straight? (And my dear sister, know the proper etiquette and DO NOT TOUCH THE QUEEN!),” Ms Housley wrote in the post.

“I do miss Nancy Reagan. Ronald even more. Speaking of Bedtime for Bonzo, I think even that chimp stood up straighter than Michelle. Uh-oh, someone is going to make a comment.”

Jake Schneider, who is the Housley campaign spokesman, said the “out-of-context” Facebook post was being used to “manufacture outrage” after it came to light.

“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,” Mr Schneider said in a statement.

Ms Housley is running against Democrat Senator Tina Smith for the seat that was held by fellow Democrat Al Franken, who resigned in January amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Ms Smith is leading Ms Housley in the polls by an average of nearly ten points, according to RealClearPolitics.Ms Housley made an on-stage appearance with US president Donald Trump at a “Make America Great Again” event in Rochester, Minnesota, earlier this month.
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