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Cuomo called the comments "racist, ugly and reprehensible."

Paladino was a co-chair of Trump's statewide campaign and spoke before him at some rallies in the state.

Washington CNN  — 

A New York Republican who served as Donald Trump’s campaign co-chair in the state is under fire for saying he hopes President Barack Obama will die of Mad Cow disease and making racist comments about first lady Michelle Obama.

Carl Paladino, an ally of Trump who recently visited Trump Tower, told a weekly paper in Buffalo that Michelle Obama was the person whom he would “most like to see go in 2017.”

“I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla,” Paladino said.