Though one might argue that a United States senator should be concerning him or herself with more important matters, Senator Malcolm A. Smith of New York has decided to take time out of his schedule to respond to recent comments by Lil Wayne.

“I take strong exception to the words ‘I don’t like New York,'” responding to Wayne’s recent revelation about his feelings for the city. The Senator, who described himself as “angry,” “taken aback,” and “shocked” at Wayne’s words, held a news conference in Father Duffy Square to demand an apology, according to the New York Times.

Smith opined that Wayne’s comment was the result of “a lapse in mental judgment.” 

“If you don’t like New York,” said Smith, “you don’t have to come to New York. You don’t have to sell your products here. And perhaps we won’t come to your concerts.”

The Senator erroneously added that Hollis, Queens was “essentially the home and the origin of HIp Hop,” despite general agreement that the Bronx holds that distinction.

“New Yorkers are forgiving people,” concluded Smith. “We’re prepared to forgive Lil Wayne if in fact he makes a sincere apology.”

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