A staffer for a congressman from Illinois has been compelled to resign his position in shame after several questionable and inflammatory Facebook posts came to light.
The staffer, Benjamin Cole, was a senior policy and communications adviser for Rep. Aaron Schock. He reportedly posted something to the effect that President Barack Obama should build a mosque on the White House grounds.
It also appears that Cole made several racially charged posts as well, the revelations of which led to his abrupt resignation.
“I am extremely disappointed by the inexcusable and offensive online comments made by a member of my staff,” read a statement by Congressman Schock.
“I would expect better from any member of my team,” the Republican said. “Upon learning about them I met with Mr. Cole and he offered his resignation which I have accepted.”
Cole offered his resignation on Thursday and did not respond to requests for comments on the issue, according toBuzzFeed News.
The original post of Cole’s which garnered attention came from 2010, and said, “thinks they should build a mosque on the White House grounds,” which plays into the assumption many Americans share that Obama is secretly a Muslim.
A review of Cole’s Facebook page revealed several other posts in recent years that were considered to be derogatory toward black and Hispanic people.
In one post, he rants about white people in his building being harassed by black criminals hanging around on the streets in front of the entrance and states how he is working to throw as many of them in prison as he can.
We certainly don’t support blatantly racially-charged statements, especially from those working in government as representatives of the people, and agree that Cole should have resigned from his position based on his openly hostile attitude towards other races.