The Trump administration's director of the Office
of Indian Energy at the Department of Energy
resigned last week after being confronted with even more offensive online remarks.
apologized in June after confirming that he called former president Barack Obama
"Kenyan creampuff" and described the internment
of Japanese Americans
as "necessary" in Twitter posts that he deleted.
But CNN found even more outrageous comments, including one in which he referred to the prior president, who was adopted by a family from the Crow Tribe
, as the "son of a fourth-rate p&*n actress and w@!re."
Bradford, who claims to be a citizen of the Chiricahua Apache
, told CNN last Monday that he was the victim of hacking and said federal authorities were investigating "multiple cyber attacks and Internet crimes committed against me." He suddenly resigned on Thursday.
“Bradford tendered his resignation this afternoon and is no longer with the Department of Energy, ” a spokesperson for the department
told The Washington Post.
"I resigned because I reached the conclusion over the previous four months that the best way to serve the President, the USA, and Indian Country would be from a position beyond the constraints I experienced," Bradford told CNN in a statement.
Bradford, a supporter of President
, has long been a figure of interest in Indian Country
but never served in a position of leadership in an Indian or inter-tribal organization. He claimed to be the attorney general of his tribe, which is no longer recognized by the United States, according to a federal
He surfaced on Indian Country's agenda after he joined the Trump administration, apparently in early May. His name first showed up on a May
30 press release about renewable energy
"Public officials in leadership positions have the responsibility to serve all Americans regardless of race, gender, and religion," five Democratic and Independent lawmakers
wrote in a June 26 letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry
"These officials must be held to the highest standards of conduct. Dr. Bradford’s divisive rhetoric has no place in public service."
Bradford succeeded Chris
, a citizen of the Navajo Nation
who had been
hired during the Obama administration.
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