Trump’s EPA chief Andrew Wheeler caught ‘liking’ racist & conspiracy memes, yet again

Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler has been caught –yet again– engaging with racist and conspiracy theory posts on social media. He pooh-poohed questions about online interactions he had with a Pizzagater, and tells a reporter he doesn’t remember liking a racist picture of the Obamas.

How long has his inflammatory online activity been going on? Over the past five years, reports HuffPo, including some new awful crap just in the past month.

Excerpt from a report today by HuffPo’s Alexander Kaufman:

The previously-unreported interactions include liking a racist image of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Facebook and retweeting an infamous “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist.

The findings paint an embarrassing, if unsurprisingly partisan, picture of the 53-year-old former coal lobbyist and Republican aide. Wheeler has kept a significantly lower profile than his predecessor, Scott Pruitt, the disgraced agency chief whose resignation in July amid mounting scandals cleared the way for Wheeler’s promotion. The most incendiary interactions occurred before Wheeler, whose past social media activity has drummed up controversy before, became acting administrator.

In an email to HuffPost on Tuesday, Wheeler said he didn’t recall liking the image of the Obamas and clicked on tweets from conspiracy theorists without reviewing the source.

“Over the years, I have been a prolific social media user and liked and inadvertently liked countless social media posts,” Wheeler said. “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.”

Well, there you go, he must not be a racist.

Here are the racist and inflammatory content screencaps which show EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler “liking” and commenting on this disgusting content.

American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic PAC, first uncovered the social media posts.

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