A Republican Senate candidate in Minnesota criticized Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaWe must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary 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.”
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 EllisonMinnesota AG ups charges against ex-police officer in shooting of Daunte Wright Trump campaign, RNC refund donors another .8 million in 2021: NYT Attorneys general looking into online fundraising practices 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 SmithOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Democratic leaders vow climate action amid divide Manchin puts foot down on key climate provision in spending bill On The Money — The Democratic divide on taxes MORE (D), has reportedly made a number of other derisive comments about Democrats, including attacking Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty 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 FrankenAl Franken on another Senate run: 'I'm keeping my options open' Andrew Cuomo and the death of shame Could Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? MORE (D), is leading Housley in the polls by an average of nearly 10 points, according to RealClearPolitics.