An email depicting Barak Obama as a chimpanzee that was sent as a “joke” by a Republican official and Tea Party activist in California has sparked outrage and a call for Marilyn Davenport to resign.
The “family photo” picture has Obama’s face superimposed over that of a baby chimpanzee with two adult chimpanzees dressed as a human mother and father holding him in their arms.
The accompanying caption, which makes reference to the Republican conspiracy theory that Obama was not born in the States, reads: “Now you know why – no birth certificate!”
Marilyn Davenport, a member of the central committee of the Republican Party of Orange County and a staunch Tea Party activist, claims that there was no racism intended when she circulated the ‘Obama as a chimp’ email.
According to Davenport, the idea that a picture of Obama as a chimpanzee is racist is purely in…