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 greets students at Detroit Motown Museum with surprise visit Michelle Obama: People questioning whether I could be first lady 'doesn't go away' Michelle Obama extends global book tour amid 'overwhelming interest' 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 EllisonIlhan Omar calls her election to Congress a rejection of ‘religious bigotry’ Minnesota New Members 2019 White candidates are never asked how they win minority-majority districts, says first Muslim congresswoman-elect 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 SmithAl Franken reflects on 'the experience of women in this country' in Thanksgiving note Minnesota New Members 2019 Senate GOP beats expectations with expanded majority MORE (D), has reportedly made a number of other derisive comments about Democrats, including attacking Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone challenges Dems to produce WikiLeaks evidence Steve King asks Google CEO for names of employees to see if they're liberals O'Rourke edges out Biden in MoveOn straw poll 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 FrankenKamala Harris to keep seat on Judiciary Committee Report says ex-CBS executive Les Moonves 'deliberately lied' to investigators about allegations Norm Coleman: ‘I do believe’ I beat Al Franken in 2008 MORE (D), is leading Housley in the polls by an average of nearly 10 points, according to RealClearPolitics.