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Fnm Official Stands By His Foul Plp Rant

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Bennett Minnis

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Chief Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

WATER and Sewerage Corporation board director Bennett Minnis yesterday doubled down on his viral homophobic rant against the leadership of the Progressive Liberal Party.

Mr Minnis insists his attack on PLP executives was a reaction to their recent presence at his late cousin Sir Henry Milton Taylor’s grave in Clarence Town, Long Island. 

In a voice note widely circulated on social media, the Free National Movement’s Mount Moriah constituency association chairman called the Official Opposition a party of “corrupt, thieving, no good, bastard, homosexual, African monkeys”.  

The PLP has called for the government to force Mr Minnis to resign from his WSC post, and for the Free National Movement to condemn his remarks. 

PLP leader Philip “Brave” Davis added the matter has also been referred to Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson due to Mr Minnis’ threat to block party executives from entering Clarence Town again.

Yesterday, FNM chairman Carl Culmer did not directly condemn or justify Mr Minnis’ comments, but said the PLP should “clean their own doorstep”.

Mr Minnis told this newspaper the PLP’s recent presence at the gravesite incensed relatives. He further alleged the party did not get permission from the family to hold a memorial service at the site.

“They came and did that stuff without contacting family members and they had no right,” said Mr Minnis, who said he was the family’s spokesman. 

“Just the audacity,” Mr Minnis continued, “let them make a big fuss, it don’t move me no way. I don’t care. If the prime minister move me from the board then I accept it, but I don’t think he will because the PLP cussing the FNM everyday, cussing the prime minister, they playing the race card with Brent [Symonette]. I don’t see what they making a big fuss about it. They wasting their time.”

Mr Minnis said: “They went to Long Island to my cousin’s grave. They had no right carrying they [homophobic slur] around the grave. I have a right to say what I want to say. I said what I said, and I mean what I said.”

Sir Henry was one of the founders of the PLP and the country’s third governor general.

Mr Davis and PLP Chairman Fred Mitchell led an annual memorial service for Sir Henry last week, and hoisted a flag at his grave in the Catholic cemetery with his grandniece Erica Darville. The party also hosted a similar event last year.

Yesterday, Mr Minnis told The Tribune he stood by his voice note description of Mr Davis as a “black African monkey.”

He also continued his attack on Mr Mitchell, repeatedly calling him a (slur omitted) during an interview yesterday.

However, Mr Minnis explained his hate-filled comments were only directed at the party’s leadership and not its members.

He told The Tribune he was self-employed and not beholden to the government post, adding he has never received a public contract. Mr Minnis said he has received many calls of support for his position, and brushed off claims that he had made the recording while intoxicated.

“I’m not worried about the PLP. I don’t like them, never liked them, and I’m not talking about ordinary PLP supporters, just the leadership. I never liked them from Pindling, to Christie, to now Brave. I directed that at the leadership of the party, it ain’t have nothing to do with race. Brave is a black African monkey and I am a black Long Island man.

“I don’t care what they have to say about me, you can kill the body, but not the soul.”

Mr Minnis added: “I don’t drink, I don’t smoke cigarettes, I don’t do drugs and I never been lock up. I don’t have no criminal record. I have a clear mind in whatever I say or do.”

Yesterday, Mr Culmer pointed to “PLP operatives” behind nasty and defamatory comments and memes against Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and other FNM ministers and MPs.

Mr Culmer insisted the PLP did not have the moral compass to pass judgment.

“At the end of the day, if they want to talk about morals – I’m not trying to justify – but what I’m saying is you can’t look at it from one side of it. For months, the PLP has all kind of nasty memes and notes and [Mr Mitchell] has not once condemned it. All this prejudice and disgrace, clean their own doorstep before you try clean someone else,” Mr Culmer said. 

“There are a number of people behind the scenes making all the nasty memes. The PLP don’t have the moral compass nor in the position to advise anybody about prejudice and all the nonsense.”

Comments

tell_it_like_it_is 2 months ago

Bennet Minnis, this is just immature on so many levels. smh

Both the PLP and FNM are corrupt, but these personal attacks are unnecessary and immature. When we are wrong, it shows more maturity and persons looks at us with more respect when we apologize and just move on.
...rather than having even more childish tantrums...(I mean geez man, especially the African monkeys part...)

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enough 2 months ago

Our prayer needs to be for a capable, honest independent that loves his/her country to step up for the next election and be able to attract a core group of independents. We cannot go forward with these two parties. Then next stop change our system of government.

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Clamshell 2 months ago

This guy is in charge of our water? No wonder when you turn on a faucet on Eleuthera, nothin’ ever comes out.

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sheeprunner12 2 months ago

The last place that any PLP senior official should set foot is near HM Taylor's grave in Long Island ...... they really do not have any shame now!!!!!!! ........ Bennett is right!!!!!!

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tetelestai 2 months ago

Please go and jump in a cave and remove yourself from society. Minnis' distasteful language is a disgrace both to himself, his parents and anyone who espouses such views. Ridiculous. And you Bahamians wonder why the cream of the Bahamas crop don't enter politics. Trolls like you are the reason.

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licks2 2 months ago

It is clear. . .he should resign his post on OUR BOARD. . .black African monkey? That is not the way to go.. . .national apology or go Sir!! Show Mr. Mitchell and his hoard what the time is. . .say those kind of things in ya private conversations. . .NOT IN PUBLIC AS A PUBLIC OFFICIAL!!

Een nobody on the PLP run. . .but the FNM must set the tone for a better and civil Bahamas. . .not a childish one!!

However, all PLPs who violated that family private space without their permission should ALSO RESIGN FOR TRESPASSING LIKE THEY OWN THIS COUNTRY!! lets SEE WHICH ONES WILL BE THE FIRST TO MAKE THAT MOVE!!

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Clamshell 2 months ago

While our “leadership” are debating who can show up at a gravesite, and who may or may not be gay or a “black African monkey,” our power goes out for hours every day, the Out Islands can’t get drinking water, our taxes go higher and higher, our young people fail in the schools and can’t find jobs ... and ... and ...

... but let’s argue the important stuff, like who can visit a cemetery and who’s a homosexual “African monkey.”

Is there any hope? Any hope at all ... ??

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DDK 2 months ago

It certainly would not appear so........

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geostorm 2 months ago

@clamshell, everyday I wonder the same thing! When will we ever get it right. I am not a fan of the PLP administration past or present but my goodness, is this what we have resorted to...personal attacks?

Come on man, even if we disagree with the PLP's style of leadership, there is no need to personally attack people. We should work together to collectively solve our issues.

We have just turned 46 as a nation, why don't we stop setting ourselves back with nonsensical, trivial issues and focus on moving our country forward. Geez this is exhausting!

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Clamshell 2 months ago

... agreed. It’s depressing.

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TalRussell 2 months ago

Be left colony's prime minister decipher, was this but a reckless slip tongue or be's indication late stage symptoms & causes SNU?....
Appears be sufficient cause asks, if there is not something neurologically unbalanced brain of any comrade caught on tape be comparing another human being to a African monkey, yes, no...
PM be well advised but only after he deems words spoken be such deliberateness to forthwith sign PMO order, reasoning if any such red shirts comrade his be so disease inflicted, the comrade must forthwith make permanent leave away from current to any and all future consideration political appoints.... why even Bay Street Boys, were never heard on cassette tape uttering such African monkey comparison insults, yes, true.....

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DDK 2 months ago

Would imagine that many monkeys, African or otherwise, are far more capable and intelligent than most of the politicians and persons in positions of authority in our Country.

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TalRussell 2 months ago

Comrade DDK, chimps certainly have outperformed the general election promise 35 red shirts candidates who got elected when both were tested in transparency memory tasks. ...yes, true....

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 months ago

Geeezzz.....why don't those black African monkeys, especially the gay ones, just let that poor dead man Taylor rest in his grave in peace? LMAO

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birdiestrachan 2 months ago

Bennett Minnis is he related to roc wit doc.? he is a typical FNM rude and mean spirited. He is with in his rights?

So what is wrong with what the BTC manager had to say about doc?? It must be all right.

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moncurcool 2 months ago

It is so sad that you just have PLP blinders on all the time. Bennett is not speaking as a board member but a private citizen in regards to an organisation doing something to his family member grave. The BTC manager was in a company meeting speaking officially as a company executive about an official meeting with the Prime Ministers of the Bahamas and degrading all Bahamians. If you are so politically blinded that you cannot see the distinction then that is really sad.

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Sickened 2 months ago

His words are offensive... to any and all African Monkeys. Comparing them to Brave is sickening. Poor things - peaceful, honest and social creatures.

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birdiestrachan 2 months ago

At the end of the day it is all called FREE SPEECH<. What is the use of making a lame excuse . when one says what they mean.

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TalRussell 2 months ago

Just goes prove a Colonized Comrade Red Shirt's brain vs. Post Pindling Comrade PLP's brain, not much differences..... Backed by Populaces Science, yes, true....

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ThisIsOurs 2 months ago

He looks like a black man. Strange. Much the same features as Brave Davis.

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Greentea 2 months ago

This is a vile, ignorant, man. And he was placed in a place of leadership? SMH. This kinda sheet personifies unqualified political placement. What I hate most about the political class in the Bahamas is the way they ape Donald Tump. From Minnis down- Say something vile and ridiculous and refuse to apologize. Y'all make Trump look like a genius. Can't even come up with your own playbook? Dumb and boring too? We are finished.

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xtreme2x 2 months ago

LOL...I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANY People-Living-Pleasantly RESIGN OVER THE YEARS...NOT EVEN THE FORMER PM, WHEN HE GIVE US THE FINGER.

THINK HE SHOULD RESIGN ONLY WHEN THE US PRESIDENT DO.

GET USE TO IT Y'ALL TIMES CHANGING.

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sheeprunner12 2 months ago

Perry flipped the bird .......... Munroe slapped his ass ........ Fweddy burned the Constitution etc ....... but these self-righteous hypocritical commenters (above) worrying about the PLP been called a few slurry names by a private citizen??? ......... Perry & Fweddy were Cabinet members ......... Did Perry, Fweddy, Fitzy, & Munroe resigned, despite outrage???

Are Bennett Minnis words inaccurate, incorrect ......... will Fweddy sue him???

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TalRussell 2 months ago

And, what waste slap!
Red shirts Comrade Sister Loretta, slapped the wrong MP, yes, true.....the same Sister who stood-up on floor House to body shield Sargent Arms from ejecting her beloved leader off House floor be dumped out into square below, yes, true.... no need just make this up....

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