Carlos Beruff, a businessman running for the United States Senate in Florida called President Barack Obama an “animal” at a St. Johns Republican party meeting last Thursday according to the Huffington Post.
Beruff was caught saying the racially tinged statement by a campaign tracker.
“Unfortunately, for seven and a half years this animal we call president, because he’s an animal, OK, seven and a half years, has surgically and with thought and very smart, intelligent manner, destroyed this country and dismantled the military under not one, not two, but three secretary of defenses,” Beruff said during a speech at the meeting. “And they’ve all written books about it.”
Beruff is not expected the win the GOP primary in August since he is only polling around 1 percent in a leading polling average.
The leading Democratic candidate in the race, Congressman Patrick Murphy blasted Beruff’s comments in a statement.
“Mr. Beruff’s statement is not only offensive, but extremely disrespectful to President Obama’s incredible service to our nation,” Murphy said in a written statement obtained by Politico Florida. “I call on Mr. Beruff to immediately apologize for his disrespectful comments. In the U.S. Senate, our diverse state deserves better than Mr. Beruff’s clear record of bigotry.”
Beruff is a member of the Southwest Florida Water Management District and a close ally of Gov. Rick Scott.
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