Brent Regan (pictured), a Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, school board trustee, recently apologized for recalling a private conversation he had with his wife to an audience of politicos and the general public, where he said his spouse likened President Barack Obama to a rifle and described him as being “Black and scary,” reports KHQ News.
While Regan was addressing a packed legislative forum last Saturday about federal gun measures, he decided to share a conversation he had with his wife about there being no clear definition on assault rifles:
“I said, They can’t figure out what an assault weapon is – it’s just black and it looks scary, and she [the wife] looks at me and said, ‘Well, so is Obama.’”
Upon hearing Regan’s remarks, some audience members reportedly laughed, with some even applauding.
But there were some present who felt the story was racist.
By the time Monday rolled around, Regan had received explosive backlash about his statements. On Tuesday, Regan spoke to KHQ and said his statements were not made with any ill will toward the President. Regan also reportedly stated that he was surprised by the reactions he received thus far.