Pol Behind Obama Chimp Email: 'I Assume I Offended The Black People!'


Apr. 20 2011, Published 8:30 a.m. ET

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By Alexis Tereszcuk & David Sargeant Reporters

The California Republican who forwarded an email depicting President Obama as a baby chimpanzee finally apologized today, saying she knew she "offended the black people," but vowed not to resign.

Clueless Marilyn Davenport, a 74-year-old white state rep, invoked multiple Bible verses in her apology while saying her constituents want her to stay on.

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"I humbly apologize and ask for your forgiveness," she said in a press conference outside her Orange County home. "I'm an imperfect Christian gal who does her best to live a Godly life. I would never do anything to intentionally harm or berate others regardless of ethnicity.

"I will not repeat this error so I ask for your forgiveness for I am truly sorry."

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Davenport said she would not resign her political post in Fullerton, Calif., because she is "getting comments from my constituents asking me, `Please do not resign,' and out of respect for (them) I will continue to remain in office.''

She claimed she thought the email was "political satire" but admitted that she did not send it to some people she thought "might be offended."

Who could possibly be offended? She described them as "those who would be of another race, those that aren't black, or brown, and some of my own race."

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To President Barack Obama, who travels to SoCal for a fund-raiser Thursday, she said: "It was inappropriate."

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As RadarOnline previously reported, civil rights activist Al Sharton and others have called for Davenport's resignation.

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