Amazingly, Another Highly-Placed Republican Resigns After Racist Comments Surface
If you can believe this, yet another highly-placed Republican adviser has been forced to resign after a series of ugly racist comments were exposed: UPDATE: Rep. Schock’s Senior Adviser Resigns Over Reports of Racist Facebook Posts.
Updated: Our colleague Ed O’Keefe has confirmed that Benjamin Cole, 38, a senior adviser to Rep. Aaron Schock for about a year, resigned Thursday.
First the liberal news site Think Progress posted a series of more than year-old racially-charged alleged Facebook posts by Rep. Aaron Schock’s senior adviser, Benjamin Cole. Shortly thereafter, BuzzfeedNews posted several more.
In one post from October 2013, Cole compared people in his D.C. neighborhood to animals escaped from the National Zoo with the hashtag #gentrifytoday. A few months later he said he witnessed a shooting, saying “one of the hood rats on my street” got shot by “another hood rat.”
Buzzfeed found a post from August 2010, where Cole wrote that a mosque should be built on White House grounds, and responded to a comment on it saying “it would be nice for the President to have his own house of worship…”