EPA's Wheeler Engaged With Racist, Conspiratorial Posts On Social Media

"Exclusive: The agency head brushed off his interactions with a Pizzagater and said he doesn’t remember liking a racist picture of the Obamas."

"Andrew Wheeler, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, repeatedly engaged with inflammatory content on his personal Facebook and Twitter accounts over the past five years, including some in the past month.

The previously-unreported interactions include liking a racist image of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Facebook and retweeting an infamous “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist.

The findings paint an embarrassing, if unsurprisingly partisan, picture of the 53-year-old former coal lobbyist and Republican aide. Wheeler has kept a significantly lower profile than his predecessor, Scott Pruitt, the disgraced agency chief whose resignation in July amid mounting scandals cleared the way for Wheeler’s promotion. The most incendiary interactions occurred before Wheeler, whose past social media activity has drummed up controversy before, became acting administrator."

Alexander C. Kaufman reports for HuffPost October 9, 2018.


"EPA Chief ‘Liked’ A Blatantly Racist Meme About The Obamas. He Says He Doesn’t Remember." (Washington Post)

Source: HuffPost, 10/10/2018