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Trump Energy Department Appointee Called Barack Obama a ‘Kenyan Creampuff’ in Deleted Tweets

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A glimpse into the deleted Twitter account of a Trump Energy Department appointee reveals racist, sexist and anti-Semitic remarks about former president Barack Obama, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, TV news host Megyn Kelly and Japanese-Americans during World War II.

William C. Bradford, who was recently appointed by the Trump administration to run the Energy Department’s Office of Indian Energy, called Obama a “Kenyan creampuff,” Zuckerberg a “self-hating jew,” and Kelly “MegOBgyn,” according to The Washington Post, which first uncovered the tweets and posted screenshots of them in an article published Thursday.

In an email to the Post on Thursday, Bradford acknowledged the now-deleted Twitter account was his and apologized for his comments, which came before he joined the Trump administration.

“As a minority and member of the Jewish faith, I sincerely apologize for my disrespectful and offensive comments,” he wrote. “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.”

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The tweets were written as recently as December 2016, when Bradford referenced an unclear “mission in Tehran” that President Obama was given and asked: “How else can a Kenyan creampuff get ahead?”

Obama’s Kenyan heritage (his father was born there) has been used by some of his critics as a way to promote the conspiracy theory that he wasn’t actually born in the United States. (He was born in Hawaii).

Trump was a leader of this “birther movement” to delegitimize the former president, but finally admitted — with little fanfare — in September that Obama was born in the U.S.

Bradford also wrote tweets saying that the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was “necessary;” that women should not serve in the military; that referred to then-Fox News host Kelly as “MegOBgyn Kelly;” and that labeled Zuckerberg a “little arrogant self-hating Jew” after he urged followers to vote against Trump.

Many took to Twitter to criticize Bradford for his comments — and Trump for appointing a “bigot.”

“I was wrong,” one critic tweeted of Trump: “He’s not running out of bigots to appoint to important positions.”