Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. Photo: U.S. Department of the Interior

Aide to Secretary Zinke resigns after posting racist statements online

A "special assistant" to Secretary Ryan Zinke resigned from the Department of the Interior after CNN uncovered her racist and bigoted statements posted online.

Christine Bauserman degraded African-Americans, former president Barack Obama, people of the Muslim faith and LGBT individuals, CNN's KFile reported. She handed in her resignation as a result.

"The positions expressed by Ms. Bauserman are inappropriate and unacceptable, and they are not consistent with those of the Secretary or the Trump Administration," a spokesperson for the department told CNN's KFile.

Bauserman isn't the first Trump administration political appointee to face questions about online behavior. William Bradford, the former director of the Office of Indian Energy at the Department of Energy, resigned after negative comments about Obama and others were found online.

Bradford claims to be a citizen of the Chiricahua Apache Nation and said he served as the tribe's attorney general.

In related Trump team woes, readers of Gail Collins, an opinion columnist for The New York Times, picked Secretary Zinke as the second-worst member of the administration. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, was named the worst.

Read More on the Story:
Political appointee at Interior resigns after KFile inquiry into birther, anti-Muslim comments (CNN February 28, 2018)
Bauserman Bounced From Trump Administration (The Arizona Daily Independent February 28, 2018)
Interior Department forces out assistant who frequently shared falsehoods about Obama, Clinton and minorities (The Washington Post February 28, 2018)

An Opinion:
Gail Collins: Trump’s Worst: The Winners Are In! (The New York Times February 28, 2018)

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