Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff of Florida called President Barrack Obama an "animal" during the St. John's County GOP executive committee meeting May 12 (video below).
“Unfortunately, for seven and a half years, this animal we call president, because he’s an animal, OK? For seven and a half years has surgically, with thought and in a very smart, intelligent manner, has destroyed this country and dismantled the military under not one, not two, but three secretaries of Defense,” Beruff stated, notes The Hill.
"And sooner of later, you gonna find out that this was a plan," Beruff added. "He wants us to be just another country. I don’t want to be another country. I want to be the United States of America, the greatest country in the world."
Beruff is one of five in his party running for the Senate seat that Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is giving up.
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Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy of Florida, who is running for the same seat, told The Huffington Post May 15: "Mr. Beruff’s statement is not only offensive, but extremely disrespectful to President Obama’s incredible service to our nation. I’m proud to stand by President Obama and his commitment to fighting for Florida families, and 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's spokesman, Chris Hartline, countered: "When liberals like young Congressman Patrick Murphy cannot defend their views they resort to name-calling and the politics of racial division," notes the Tampa Bay Times.
Hartline didn't mention Beruff's name-calling or his sub-human reference to Obama.
Beruff stated in an email to The Hill May 16: "[The Democrats] think it is a mistake for me to use strong language condemning them for hollowing out our military and making America weaker."
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"I think it is a mistake for them to hollow out our military and make America weaker," Beruff said.
Republican Rep. David Jolly of Florida, who is also running for Rubio's seat, said in a statement: "Like many Americans, I believe with the strongest conviction that the president's policies the last 7 years have weakened our leadership on the world stage and have weakened us economically here at home, but referring to the President of the United States as an 'animal' is an alarming insult of questionable intent and has no place in American politics. Carlos should immediately apologize."