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Trump Department of Energy official sent racist and sexist tweets — called Obama ‘Kenyan creampuff’

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William Bradford, President Donald Trump nominee to head the Energy Department’s Department of Indian Energy was a voluble Twitter user prior to his appointment, using off-color language to lob a number of racist, sexist right-wing tweets at former President Barack Obama and others.

The Washington Post said Friday that Bradford called Obama a “Kenyan creampuff,” an extension of the right-wing trope that Obama — the first black president, a Constitutional scholar and the first Editor-in-Chief of color to helm the Harvard Law Review — is an intellectual lightweight who coasted to his presidency as an “Affirmative Action hire.”

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Bradford also called Obama “the Tehran candidate” and asked if a “military coup” would be necessary to remove him from office. He bashed Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly when she sparred with then-candidate Donald Trump — calling her “MegOBgyn Kelly” — and defended the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Bradford — whose new job gives him jurisdiction over the Native American and Alaskan energy projects — responded to criticism of his now-deleted Twitter account by assuring the Post that he is “a minority” himself.

“As a minority and member of the Jewish faith, I sincerely apologize for my disrespectful and offensive comments,” he said via email. “These comments are inexcusable and I do not stand by them. Now, as a public servant, I hold myself to a higher standard, and I will work every day to better the lives of all Americans.”

Jezebel.com noted that Bradford appears to stir conflict wherever he goes, given that his “job history is filled with controversy and a string of resignations under contentious circumstances.”

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He was forced to resign from a position at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point after authoring a wildly anti-Muslim paper in 2015. In it, he urged the U.S. to “destroy Muslim holy sites “even if it means great destruction, innumerable enemy casualties, and civilian collateral damage.”

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Donald Trump and the Jews: He’s exactly why most of us vote for Democrats

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If President Trump doesn't understand why a large majority of American Jews are Democrats, maybe he should take a look in the mirror.

In case you need a quick refresher, Trump sparked an enormous furor on Tuesday when he said, "I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." He added that "five years ago, the concept of even talking about this . . . of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people — I can't believe we're even having this conversation. Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they're defending these two people over the State of Israel?"

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Wall Street Journal drops a truth-bomb on Trump over his market-destroying trade war: ‘Everyone loses’

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In yet another blast from the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, the editors looked back at Friday's stock market free fall and pointed the finger directly at President Donald Trump and his "trade-war general" Peter Navarro for being the main culprits.

After Friday's disastrous stock market session that took a major downturn due to the escalation of the trade war -- with China and Trump ordering billions of dollars in new tariffs -- the Journal pointed out that there will be no winners.

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G7 off to a rough start as Trump aides slam host Macron’s agenda

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With President Donald Trump at the latest G7 summit, all eyes are on the interactions between him and French President Emmanuel Macron. The two world leaders started off amicably, exchanging pleasantries, but behind the scenes, things have grown contentious.

According to Politico, Trump officials are railing against Macron, accusing him of trying to "fracture" the summit by steering the negotiations away from trade and into areas like climate change.

This development comes after Trump harshly criticized Macron for enacting a tax on digital services, which could increase costs for American tech companies like Google and Facebook. Trump threatened that if France does not suspend its "unfair" digital tax, "we'll be taxing their wine like they've never seen before." It is a threat that Trump has made repeatedly over the last few weeks whenever he has gotten angry at France.

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