EPA chief calls racist Facebook post he liked ‘absolutely offensive’

EPA chief calls racist Facebook post he liked ‘absolutely offensive’
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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 ObamaTeaching black children to read is an act of social justice Buttigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa The shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley 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.

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“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 MerkleyMcConnell says he's 'honored' to be WholeFoods Magazine's 2019 'Person of the Year' Overnight Energy: Protesters plan Black Friday climate strike | 'Father of EPA' dies | Democrats push EPA to abandon methane rollback Warren bill would revoke Medals of Honor for Wounded Knee massacre 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 MarkeyThere's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down Trump administration drops plan to face scan all travelers leaving or entering US Advocates hopeful dueling privacy bills can bridge partisan divide MORE (D-Mass.) said Wheeler should “disavow” the post.