Top Congressional Aide Steps Down ​After Making Idiotic Facebook Comments

It's hard to believe that there are still people in politics who think they can post whatever the heck they want on Facebook and that it won't come back to bite them in the ass. Case in point -- Benjamin Cole, a senior policy adviser to Representative Aaron Schock, who was forced to resign after his racist comments on social media came to light.


Head meet desk.

Cole was a senior adviser for policy and communications for the hottie Congressman from Illinois, which just makes it all that much worse, since he clearly failed at communication on his Facebook page. And he worked for a Republican, and this only reinforces some people's misguided stereotype that the GOP is racist by nature.

Let's be clear -- this guy is an idiot, and his racist remarks have nothing to do with his political leanings. Racists come from all political affiliations.

Anyway, Cole made not just one or two racially charged comments, but several, including ones disparaging to the President. He said, "They should build a mosque on the White House grounds," because President Obama is obviously a secret Muslim (insert eye roll here).

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He also said he was doing "[his] absolute best" to put "as many Black Criminals who live and loiter on [his] street behind bars." Dude. Are Caucasian criminals less deserving of being punished for their crimes?

Then there was one video posted by Cole, which apparently showed a black woman arguing with someone off the screen. He wrote, "So apparently the closing of the National Zoo has forced the animals to conduct their mating rituals on my street. #gentrifytoday Pt. 1"

Ugh. There are more posts covering the span of years, making it clear that Cole has some pretty awful views of black people. Thankfully, Schock came out and publicly condemned his staffer's remarks and accepted his resignation immediately on Thursday. 

In a press statement, Rep. Schock said, "I am extremely disappointed by the inexcusable and offensive online comments made by a member of my staff ... I would expect better from any member of my team. Upon learning about them I met with Mr. Cole and he offered his resignation which I have accepted."

Reminder: Don't be a racist jerk on social media if you want to keep your job. Don't be one in general if you want to be a decent person.

Do you think Cole's comments should have cost him his job?


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