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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 ObamaObama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' Texas warehouse where migrants housed in 'cages' closed for humane renovation North Carolina — still purple but up for grabs 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 MerkleyJeff MerkleySupreme Court declines to hear case challenging unlimited super PAC fundraising Trump supporters demonstrate across the country following Biden-Harris win Merkley wins reelection in Oregon Senate race 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 MarkeyEd MarkeyUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally MORE (D-Mass.) said Wheeler should “disavow” the post.