Former Nebraska GOP official apologizes for anti-LGBTQ, anti-Semitic posts

Former Nebraska GOP official apologizes for anti-LGBTQ, anti-Semitic posts

A former GOP campaign operative in Nebraska apologized for thousands of posts he made online in a forum last year, including multiple posts that were anti-LGBTQ and anti-Semitic.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that a former field director for the Nebraska Republican Party, Bennett Bressman, acknowledged his online profile was the source of more than 3,000 posts.

"Yes, that was my profile," Bressman told the local news outlet Monday. "I'm not denying it. I understand how they look really bad and are really bad on their face. I regret what I said."

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Posts published by the local news outlet written by Bressman include “gays are scum of the earth” and "i wanted a crater in israel not israel on a crater."

Bressman apologized during his phone call with the Journal Star.

"When you think you have anonymity, it's easy to become desensitized to what you're saying," he said. "I regret what I said. They aren't indicative of who I am as a person."

The comments were made in an online forum dedicated to far-right YouTube personality Nick Fuentes. The posts were uncovered by a left-leaning nonprofit media organization that is dedicated to outing the online activity of white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups in the country.

Bressman said he was a part of the online chat forum in an effort to gain access to a show hosted by Fuentes where users could call in. He said he eventually got involved in the "toxic group chat."

Bressman worked on Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts’s (R) reelection campaign last year.

In a statement to the local news outlet, Ricketts said he was "shocked and horrified" to learn of Bressman’s online activity and condemned his actions.

"I unequivocally denounce his hate-filled views towards Jewish people, LGBT people, African-Americans, journalists, women, and others," Ricketts said in the statement. "Anti-Semitism has no place in society no matter where it hides.”

Bressman said he closed his account before the comments were made public.

"It makes me sick to my stomach to go back and read," he said. "There's a big disconnect between those words and who I am. I am disgusted by them and a lot of what I said is sick and twisted."

-Updated 4:50 p.m.