September 24, 2022

Trump’s EPA chief just got caught liking an incredibly racist Obama meme on Facebook

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Two years in, the Trump administration is notorious for being full of doddering old boomers with a questionable grasp on modern technology, which they inevitably use to promote truly psychotic conspiracy theories and racist memes.


Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler has only been at his job for a few months after taking over for the scandal-ridden Scott Pruitt, but has already found himself in hot water due to his Facebook activities.

An investigation by Alexander Kaufman at The Huffington Post has discovered that Mr. Wheeler “liked” a horrendously racist anti-Obama meme on an Italian Facebook page entitled — sigh — “my mom is a virgin.”

In another post on Facebook, Wheeler said that Hillary Clinton was mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Revelations “after the Four Horsemen [of the Apocalypse],” showing his support for the preposterous right-wing allegation that former Secretary Clinton was a literal demon. 

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His Twitter account was no better. In February, Wheeler retweeted Jack Posobiec, a bottom-feeding grifter who was one of the primary proponents of the ridiculous “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory that alleged Hillary Clinton and other prominent Democrats were raping children in the basement of a Washington D.C. pizza restaurant, Comet Ping Pong.

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He also endorsed posts by notorious conspiracy theorists Dinesh D’Souza (the “Democrats are the real KKK” guy) and Paul Joseph Watson, a British editor of Alex Jones’ InfoWars conspiracy theory/snake oil sales website.

For his part, Wheeler claims that he “doesn’t remember” making the post.

At least three prominent Trump administration officials have quietly resigned after their racist media activity, be it on social media, radio, or email: Homeland Security analyst Ian Smith, AmeriCorps spokesman Carl Higbie, and Homeland Security official Rev. Jamie Johnson.

While it’s unlikely that these comments will put his job in jeopardy, it’s a deeply disturbing sign of what kind of racism and paranoid delusion occupy the minds of the people in charge of our government, and we shudder to think at what this means for the future of our nation.

Original reporting by Andrew Kaufman at HuffPost.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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