A Jewish-American lawyer appointed by the Trump administration to head one of its Energy Department divisions has apologized after the Washington Post unearthed a series of offensive tweets he wrote, including one in which he called Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg “a self-hating Jew.”
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William C. Bradford now runs the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, but it is his tweets from 2016 that are currently drawing heat.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that Bradford had written “disparaging remarks” about the likes of Zuckerberg, then-President Barack Obama and Megyn Kelly on the Twitter account @Brute_Bradford, which he subsequently deleted.
On February 1, 2016, he responded to a message by Zuckerberg calling on Iowans to reject Donald Trump in that day’s caucus by writing: “Who is this little arrogant self-hating Jew to tell anyone for whom to vote? I hope someday he gets what he deserves for stealing FB,” a reference to the contested early days of the social network.
Last December, Bradford tweeted about outgoing President Barack Obama: “I think Obama was given his mission in Tehran long ago, and it suits him just fine. How else can a Kenyan creampuff get ahead?”
The Kenyan reference echoed previous slurs by the so-called birther movement – of which Trump was once a famous member – about Obama’s country of origin.
Bradford also questioned whether Obama would voluntarily leave the White House when it was time for the transition of power. “If Obama won’t leave office in January 2017, what will we do?” he asked. “Is a military coup the only answer? Need to think NOW.”
His comments on global warming also seemingly echoed the new president’s views. “Soon, ‘climate change’ cultists will be pitied as the nuts they always were,” he wrote in response to a December 9 story in British newspaper The Daily Mail.
All of these tweets were written before Bradford was appointed to the Office of Indian Energy, and he swiftly emailed a written apology to The Washington Post after it publicized the tweets.
“As a minority and member of the Jewish faith, I sincerely apologize for my disrespectful and offensive comments,” he wrote, adding: “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.”
This is not Bradford's first brush with notoriety. He reportedly had to leave his post as law professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point after publishing an article that allegedly encouraged attacks on Islamic holy sites.
According to his official Department of Energy page, Bradford is Chiricahua Apache and was formerly attorney general of the Chiricahua Apache Nation. He attended Northwestern University, Harvard Law School, the University of Miami and the University of Florida, and is “a widely published professor of American Indian law and policy as well as national security law and strategy.”
His website page also notes he is married to his “elementary school sweetheart, Shoshana,” and has three children.