Trump nominee blames 'internet crimes' for inflammatory comments against Obama

Trump nominee blames 'internet crimes' for inflammatory comments against Obama
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William Bradford, the man President Trump has appointed to head an office under the Department of Energy, has blamed "cyber attacks and Internet crimes" for derogatory comments made against former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaIntelligence for the days after President Trump leaves office Barack Obama sends Valentine's message to Michelle: 'She does get down to Motown' For 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love MORE by an online user appearing to be Bradford.

"I cannot comment on an ongoing federal investigation into multiple cyber attacks and Internet crimes committed against me over the past several years, to include email intrusions, hacking and impostors in social media,” Bradford told CNN on Monday. 

His statement comes after CNN’s KFile unearthed various comments from a user appearing to be Bradford on the comment-hosting platform Disqus. CNN’s research connected the account to Bradford via Google cache.

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One of the comments from the user refers to Obama as “the son of a fourth-rate p&*n actress and w@!re." 

Another comment from the same user says Obama’s birth certificate is “an obvious fake.”

"The 'birth certificate' released online 5 years ago is an obvious fake, and every intellectually honest person knows that. It was probably created to cover up the fact that his mother, Stanley Dunham, had an affair with Frank Davis and tried to fool Obama Sr by having the baby in Kenya,” the comment reads.

Bradford, who Trump appointed to head the Office of Indian Energy, came under scrutiny earlier this year for offensive tweets, including one where he referred to Obama as “a Kenyan creampuff,” as reported by The Washington Post.

The tweets caused several senators, including Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHillicon Valley: New York says goodbye to Amazon's HQ2 | AOC reacts: 'Anything is possible' | FTC pushes for record Facebook fine | Cyber threats to utilities on the rise O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation Amazon to pay Bernie Sanders in federal income taxes: report MORE (I-Vt.), to call on Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryThe Hill's 12:30 Report: State of the Union takeaways | Sights and sounds from the night | Virginia attorney general admits he wore blackface Energy Secretary Rick Perry is designated survivor for 2019 State of the Union Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union MORE to fire Bradford.

“While he has since apologized for his deeply offensive and hurtful statements, we are concerned that Dr. Bradford’s character, as demonstrated by his past statements and writings, make him unfit to lead an important program like the Department’s Office of Indian Energy,” the senators wrote.