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Trump's EPA Chief is a Fan of Racist Alt-Right Social Media Posts

Andrew Wheeler also joins the club of Trump's administrators who deny being racist.

Ethics violations pushed Scott Pruit, former EPA Chief to resign last year, and President Trump replaced him with Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, who likes racist social media posts about the Obamas.

American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic political action committee, found social media posts belonging to Wheeler that spanned defending alt-right member Milo Yiannopoulos' tweet to encourage the harassment of actress Leslie Jones, to liking Infowars tweets, to Dinesh D'Souza's discrediting of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, to an ape depiction of the Obamas.

Wheeler's response to the outing of his favorite social media posts:

"Over the years, I have been a prolific social media user, and liked, and inadvertently liked, countless social media posts," Wheeler said, in an email to The Huffington Post. "Specifically, I do not remember the post depicting President Obama and the First Lady. As for some of the other posts, I agreed with the content and was unaware of the sources."

Some racists in Trump's camp, who were outed, lost their positions. Carl Higbie of AmeriCorps stepped down after racist and sexist remarks he made on radio surfaced. Ian Smith of Homeland Security resigned after his ties to white nationalists were revealed on emails. Rev. Jamie Johnson, also of Homeland Security, resigned after his comments surfaced about Black people being lazy, and Islam being a violent religion.

For those lucky enough to stay on the White House payroll, they continue to be policy makers.

Ronald Vitiello, acting ICE director, attended an anti-immigration group's conference last month (Federation for American Immigration Reform) where an anti-Muslim group, ACT for America, honored former ICE Director Thomas Homan.

Stephen Miller, White House adviser, helped institute the Muslim travel ban, separate immigrant children and parents, and is working on plans to limit and strip citizenship of documented immigrants. He was heard saying last year in National Security Council meetings: "We must save Americans from these immigrant criminals!"

And, of course, Mike Pence lauded former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of ignoring a judge's order to stop systematic racial profiling patrols in the Phoenix area, as a "tireless champion of strong borders and the rule of law." Arpaio was pardoned by Trump last year, and ran for (but lost) an US Senate seat.

Reader Question: Do you buy Wheeler's explanation of inadvertently liking posts and not remembering or being unaware of sources? Join The Conversation below.

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