Minnesota GOP Senate candidate compared Michelle Obama to a chimp in Facebook post

A Republican Senate candidate in Minnesota criticized Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to headline Essence Festival Obama shares tribute to Michelle to celebrate Mother's Day 111-year-old woman gets free tickets to see Michelle Obama book tour MORE's posture when the former first lady met with the Queen of England and said the chimpanzee in the 1951 movie “Bedtime for Bonzo” had "stood up straighter," according to The Huffington Post.

Karin Housley, currently a state senator, made the comparison in a 2009 Facebook post, according to HuffPost.

“Michelle is soooo far from cool,” Housley wrote in the post. “Don’t we expect our First Ladies to at least stand up straight? (And my dear sister, know the proper etiquette and DO NOT TOUCH THE QUEEN!).”

“I do miss Nancy Reagan. Ronald even more,” Housley continued. “Speaking of Bedtime for Bonzo, I think even that chimp stood up straighter than Michelle. Uh-oh, someone is going to make a comment.” 

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Housley campaign spokesman Jake Schneider said the "out-of-context" Facebook post was being used to “manufacture outrage.”

“This is what the radical left does when they are losing — they attack Republicans so they don’t have to come up with solutions to the problems Minnesotans are facing,” Schneider said in an email to The Hill.

“Imagine if the media spent the same amount of energy investigating [Rep.] Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonDemocrats face new civil war in primary fight 18 state attorneys general call on Justice Dept to release Mueller report Keith Ellison: Evidence points to Trump being 'sympathetic' to white nationalist point of view MORE as they do digging into candidates’ old Facebook posts and satirical columns from a decade ago,” he wrote.

Ellison (D-Minn.) is facing allegations of domestic abuse made by a former girlfriend, which he has strongly denied.

Housley, who is taking on Sen. Tina SmithTina Flint SmithWhat if scientists, not politicians, called the shots on climate policy GOP Senate campaign arm hits battleground-state Dems over 'Medicare for All,' Green New Deal Hillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech MORE (D), has reportedly made a number of other derisive comments about Democrats, including attacking Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection What the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Steve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push MORE’s appearance and suggesting that former President Obama’s pronunciation of “Pakistan” was not said “like an American,” according to HuffPost.

Smith, who was appointed to replace former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenHirono electrifies left as Trump antagonist Miss USA pageant winner celebrated for addressing 'Me Too' movement on stage NY man sentenced to prison for racist death threats to Obama, Waters MORE (D), is leading Housley in the polls by an average of nearly 10 points, according to RealClearPolitics.