Republican Rep Nominee Likens Obamas to Monkeys

Fellow Republicans have called on Dan Johnson to drop out of the race after numerous racially charged Facebook posts — but he vowed to "make Kentucky great again."

A Republican candidate for Kentucky’s House of Representatives has expressed no remorse for a series of racially charged posts on his Facebook page — including several likening the Obamas to monkeys. Dan Johnson, the man in question, recently said he is in fact the candidate who will “make Kentucky great again.”

Johnson was caught posting a picture of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama likened to chimpanzees, as well as a picture of a monkey captioned, “Obama’s baby picture.” He also posted a picture of President Ronald Reagan bottle-feeding a chimpanzee with the caption, “Rare photo of Ronald Reagan babysitting Barack Obama in early 1962.”

Johnson denied these photos were racist and in fact said that not posting negative photos about the Obamas would be racist.

Republican Rep Nominee Likens Obamas to Monkeys

“I looked this up. There has been no president that hasn’t had that scrutiny. Not one. I think it would be racist not to do the same for President Obama as we’ve done for every other president,” he said in an interview with WDRB News.

Republican Rep Nominee Likens Obamas to Monkeys

Photos via WDRB News.

In addition, Johnson also posted photos of the Confederate flag and memes that call for a ban of Islam in America.

Last week, Johnson said he has no intention of dropping out of the race, despite calls from numerous Kentucky Republicans. Rather, he said, he will challenge political correctness and “the status quo.”

“There’s a need for change in Frankfort … somebody needs to take a sledgehammer to the status quo — and I’m that person,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Johnson proudly compared himself to Trump.

“If anybody is watching the news, the Republican Party has asked a few people to drop out of this race during this season,” he said. “For the record, Donald Trump, that’s running for the Republican Party, has been asked to drop out, and thank God he didn’t.”

He also invoked Trump’s campaign slogan.

“I’m that guy to take that sledgehammer — to make Bullitt County great again, to make Kentucky great again,” he said. “I’m willing to do the job.”

Republican Rep Nominee Likens Obamas to Monkeys

Trump’s well-known “Make America Great Again” catchphrase has been widely interpreted to mean “Make America White Again.”

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The pictures, which first surfaced in September, have since been removed from Johnson’s Facebook. When first interviewed by WDRB News Johnson questioned, “Well, I’d like to know first off, what images that are being considered offensive.”

When shown the pictures in question Johnson said, “I love America. I love people. I believe red, yellow, black and white, all are precious in God’s sight. I’m not a racist.”

Johnson is a bishop at a church, and his church sign reads, “Jesus and this church are not politically correct.”

“It wasn’t meant to be racist. I can tell you that. My history’s good there. I can see how people would be offended in that. I wasn’t trying to offend anybody, but, I think Facebook’s entertaining,” Johnson said.

When questioned about his Confederate flag postings, Johnson said, “That flag was for state rights. The reason it is under attack now is we’re being attacked as state rights and constitutionalists. We are being attacked.”

Republican Rep Nominee Likens Obamas to Monkeys

Photos via WDRB News, Peacock Panache.

Johnson’s interpretation is historically inaccurate, however. The Confederate flag is in fact not one of the three national flags that represented the Confederate nation during the Civil War. The flag, also known as the “rebel flag,” only became associated with the Confederacy after the Civil War ended. More recently, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) has used the flag to advance its agenda, although it is not the group’s official flag.

A statement on behalf of the Republican Party, released by Chairman Mac Brown, says, in part, “Dan Johnson’s comments and social media posts are outrageous and have no place in today’s political discourse. They represent the rankest sort of prejudice present in our society and do not in any way, shape or form represent the views of the Republican Party of Kentucky or the many fine candidates representing us on the ballot this November.”

Tres Watson, communications director for the Republican Party of Kentucky, said free speech does not equal the right to post comments such as Johnson’s.

“We have to not only understand what our rights are as Americans, especially when it comes to free speech, [but] have to show good judgment when exercising them,” he said.

Obamas Receive Racist Treatment

While every president does face insults, especially in today’s social media age, Obama and his family have faced significant racist treatment throughout Obama’s two terms, both from social media users across the country and other politicians.

Related Story: Fox News Readers Bash Obama’s Daughter With Racial Slurs, ‘Ape,’ ‘Monkey’

Earlier this year, the comment section of an Associated Press article about Obama’s 17-year-old daughter, Malia Obama, was flooded with racist comments, calling her a racial slur, an “ape,” a “monkey” and accusing her of not deserving her entry to the university but getting it thanks to “Black privilege.”

In 2014, Elizabeth Lauten, former communications director for U.S. Republican Rep. Steven Fincher (Tenn.) resigned following a Facebook post in which she accused Malia Obama and sister Sasha Obama of having no class.

Related Story: Obama Greeted with Confederate Flags, Small City Mayor Calls Him ‘Monkey Man’

Last year, the mayor of a small town in Washington that Obama was visiting called the president “monkey man.” When Obama arrived to the town, he was greeted by demonstrators waving Confederate flags.

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29 comments


  • Most of the people decrying so-called “political correctness” are actually complaining about the fact that — until this election, at least — it is no longer socially-acceptable to be openly racist. This guy’s just more blatant about it.

  • This is a testimony to the racist people that exist in this country and how they cling and have been brought out of the wood works by this racist Donald Trump. Frankly, this man needs to concentrate on his own image and that could include a diet or two and maybe a brain transplant. I cannot believe this man has the audacity to run for any office with his racist attitude and hope that God spares him and his ignorance.

  • It amazes me that a lot of these people hide behind the church and claim to be Christians but preach hate about other groups. And by the way, what the he– is black privilege????..

  • My jaw dropped seeing those pictures! How can anyone think a personal attack like this is ok? Attack the man’s policies, not his being. Dignity and respect – that’s how EVERYONE should be treated.

  • I can believe that we still have such hatred in our country but what I am saddened and sickend to see is that it has been brought to the surface as ok to proceed during this presidential election. What are we doing? There is one thing to want to change how our political system has been run but it should be off limits to disrespect our highest office President. I am going to vote because if I do not I am not using my voice.

  • I am not an American citizen but I have been living in this country for 15 years; working, paying taxes but unable to vote. I am appalled by the ignorance, hatred and racism that still exists in this country and the fact that someone like Donald Trump who represents all of the above to the fullest, has made it this far. Please use your voice, your power and VOTE!!!!!! This country is headed backwards!

  • I’m from Kentucky and this is not surprising to me. There are places in Kentucky that do not allow Blacks to live. There are roads in Kentucky that I will not take!! Respect is something that should be given to every human being. You don’t have to like someone to respect them and I don’t believe people see that. We, all of us who see the moral decline in our country, must remain vocal in our sphere of influence. I’ve been one voice for what’s right and wrong and it is not a glamour spot but it is the right place. I’m a voice of one!

  • Wow. Just. Wow. What a classless lowlife of a human being. Hiding behind free speech rights to post the most insulting, denigrating images of our president and his family. I am appalled and ashamed that there are still such people in this country.

    As others have said, get out and VOTE! Please do not let the agents of hatred, divisiveness, and moral corruption get their hands on political office. We must wholeheartedly repudiate their ugly messages at every turn.

  • So the way to make Kentucky great is to embrace racist behavior? Clearly Johnson is not real bright, nor anyone who would vote for him, as well as Trump I might add. I can’t think of a racist person that admits that they are racist, they don’t even know what racism is. I have heard some pretty bad excuses for their beliefs, and none of them valid. Trump, Johnson are simply fearful of anyone unlike themselves.

    stu·pid·i·ty: behavior that shows a lack of good sense or judgment. Lack of intelligence, foolishness, denseness, brainlessness, ignorance, dull-wittedness, slow-wittedness,

  • James Buckner

    I’m no Reagan fan; after all, the first homeless person I saw was after Reagan reduced taxes and cut mental health funds. However, this picture is an insult to Ronald Reagan.

  • At least you know who this idiot is and what he stands for, I’m worried about the ones who create the policies, enforce the laws, and oversee the judicial system. They’re still hiding.

  • This facsimile of a human is little more than a reflection of his Neanderthal ancestors. He is deeply insecure and threatened by the fact that a son of an African could rise to be an Ivy League graduate and the most powerful man in the world. This Nobel Prize-winning President will leave a distinguished legacy and he will not. This creature is to be pitied, not feared. Voting is our best revenge and a testament to those who died for our right to vote.

  • I HAVE to post these racist pictures, if I don’t people might think I’m racist!

  • Just heard the son/brother of Governor Cuomo of New York, Chris, on CNN compare Hillary Clinton, and any other presidential candidate with a lead, as the monkey who’s climbed highest up the ladder. Reminded me of old Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football.

  • Dan Johnson, I lot of people do a lot of name calling, some racial, some bullying, some ignorant, some comedians, and some who are just utterly a dumb azz! You can pick any category and find a picture of yourself. Because for those that do this only do this because they see a reflection of themselves in others. So instead of accepting who you are and avoid people talking and laughing at you, it’s easier to push it to someone else. For whatever reason you feel like a monkey, go get help and I’m sure your shameful life will turn around.

  • Obama struck a nerve. People are reacting to what they thought was impossible. Despite the odds, laws to keep minorities down, systems to split our families, and a disparate criminal code, we rise. Open, blatant racism is more prevalent because the Obamas defy every stereotype and made it all the way to the White House. These small minded people are just plain mad and threatened that the country is leveling the playing field and they will be left behind. Trump is capitalizing on the fear.

    • I totally agree with you. And certain people still want to insist that racism no longer exists.

  • Simone, if you’re not a citizen, when I leave and renounce my AmeriKKKan citizenship (after being treated like a n*gger for over 50+ years), you can have my citizenship papers; you might need it after taking a dump. I’ll gladly go back where I came from–Africa. The blue-eyed apes, gorillas and monkeys in Africa are more intelligent than the above-average cracKKKers in AmeriKKKa like Dan Johnson, tRUMP and their fellow ReBUBBAcans.
    . For other Africans who are dreaming of coming to AmeriKKKa, you’ll get your “n*gger wakeup call” in less than one year after your arrival. Some Blacks never experience this call because they’re either comatose or have their heads or another part of their anatomy stuck up a white person’s behind. That’s the only FREEDOM [OF CHOICE] Blacks have in AmeriKKKa. If you have an aversion to feces and other oral perversions practiced by the immoral majority, you’ll suffer the economic consequences.
    . White KKKristians would rather maintain their RACISM, WHITE SUPREMACY and SEXISM than vote for a woman. Angela AmeriKKKa has NEVER BEEN GREAT (to Native “Americans”, African “Americans”, Latinos or. Asians); they have slaughtered, lynched, enslaved, interned, and economically disenfranchised all of these groups since its breached birth of a nation (it’s been az-backwards ever since)!
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  • Send him back to Europe that is where he is from. He thinks, he belongs here too.

  • Mau Mau Rising

    There is nothing new here. It’s always been open season to denigrate and debase those 3/5’s people. We need to learn our history, beginning with the Mis-Education of the Negro and from there read the Warmth of Other Suns, then onto The New Jim Crow.

    After that, organize and rise up you mighty people and do what you will.

  • This is another example of the importance of “VOTING.” We need to assure our future! I remember the cross burnings and white hooded men blocking roads in my town; going back is not anything I am planning to do. Many of us have been complacent in our duties as citizens. Racists feel comfortable now in localizing their hatred. We have to remind them “they are the minority now.” We are a country of many colors, cultures and religions and this is “OUR” America !!!

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