William Bradford. Photo: William Bradford

Director of Office of Indian Energy deletes offensive Twitter account

The Trump administration's director of the Office of Indian Energy at the Department of Energy deleted his Twitter account after The Washington Post asked about a series of offensive messages.

William C. Bradford called former president Barack Obama a "Kenyan creampuff" and described the internment of Japanese Americans as "necessary," The Post reported. He apologized after admitting he shared these posts and other messages about women and minorities under the handle "Brute_Bradford."

“As a minority and member of the Jewish faith, I sincerely apologize for my disrespectful and offensive comments,” Bradford told The Post. “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.”

Bradford, a supporter of President Donald Trump, claims to be a citizen of the Chiricahua Apache Nation and said he most recently served as its attorney general. The tribe at one point was recognized by the United States but lost its status during the Indian wars in the late 1800s, according to a federal court decision.

Bradford apparently joined the new administration in early May, though his official biography does not provide a precise date. His name first showed up on a May 30 press release about renewable energy.

Bradford replaces Chris Deschene, a citizen of the Navajo Nation who had been hired during the Obama administration.

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