Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Andrew Wheeler disavowed a racist Facebook post he had liked in the platform, calling the meme “absolutely offensive.”
At an event in California Thursday, Wheeler told reporters that he didn’t remember liking the 2013 post that showed then-President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaKaepernick receives Harvard black history award Michelle Obama announces launch of Global Girls Alliance: ‘Educate every girl’ No, Mike Bloomberg will not be the Democratic nominee in 2020 MORE and his wife, Michelle, looking at a banana, according to E&E News.
“I don’t remember doing it. At all. I believe it was probably on accident,” E&E reported Wheeler as saying.
“You know, 90 percent of my Facebook is done on my iPhone, just scrolling through it. It was not on purpose. I find it offensive. In fact, when I was shown the picture by my staff, I said, ‘What the hell is this,’ and they said, ‘It’s from your Facebook,’ and I said, ‘No, it’s not.’”
HuffPost first reported earlier this week that left-wing group American Bridge 21st Century had found the post and Wheeler’s “like” of it.
Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyDem senators urge Pompeo to reverse visa policy on diplomats’ same-sex partners Overnight Defense — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Missing journalist strains US-Saudi ties | Senators push Trump to open investigation | Trump speaks with Saudi officials | New questions over support for Saudi coalition in Yemen Senators demand answers on Trump administration backing of Saudi coalition in Yemen MORE (D-Ore.) called on Wheeler to resign over the revelation.
“The head of a government agency has no place ‘liking’ racist memes or promoting the work of Pizzagate conspiracy theorists,” he said, referring to the pedophilia conspiracy theory.
Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySenate sends bill regulating airline seat sizes to Trump Ben Shapiro slams both parties for partisan treatment of FBI Dem senator on FBI Kavanaugh investigation: ‘It’s obviously a cover-up’ MORE (D-Mass.) said Wheeler should “disavow” the post.