Allen's latest macaca excuse
Republican Senator George Allen (R-Va) has changed his story so many times regarding his derogatory "macaca" comment it's hard to keep track of all his excuses. For those of you keeping score at home, his latest excuse is that he "made up" the word and has "never heard it before."
Here is his latest response from Sunday's Meet the Press:
MR. RUSSERT: Well, whereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d the word come from? It mustÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been in your consciousness.
SEN. ALLEN: Oh, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just made up.
MR. RUSSERT: Made up?
SEN. ALLEN: Just made up. Made-up word.
MR. RUSSERT: YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d never heard it before?
SEN. ALLEN: Never heard it before.Russert goes on to highlight Allen's racist history:
MR. RUSSERT: This is not the first time that people have looked at your record, and, and, and raised questions. The New York Times said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“In 1984, as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Mr. Allen opposed a state holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After being elected governor in 1993, he issued a proclamation honoring Confederate History Month.Ã¢â‚¬Â And the Associated Press says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Allen used to keep a Confederate flag in his living room, a noose in his law office and a picture of Confederate troops in his governorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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