Energy Department Official Has a History of Sending Racist, Sexist Tweets 

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Prior to his appointment, William Bradford, the head of Energy
Department’s Office of Indian Energy, was eager to share his
opinions on everything from race to gender, ethnicity, and
former President Barack Obama on his now-deleted Twitter.

The Washington Post reports that Bradford’s
Twitter account was a repository of what’s, by now, the
standard lingo of the American government. In the tweets,
Bradford referred to President Obama as a “Kenyan creampuff,”
and the “Tehran candidate,” and rhetorically asked if a
“military coup” was a solution to force Obama out of office. In
other tweets, he defended the internment of Japanese Americans
during World War II, called former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly
“MegOBgyn Kelly,” and shared his obvious opinions about women
in combat.

In an email to the
Post, Bradford apologized for his Twitter commentary,
calling it “disrespectful and offensive.” “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,” he told the
paper.

In his position in the Department of Energy, Bradford oversees funding for energy initiatives in
Native American and Alaska Native communities. Prior to his
appointment, Bradford was the attorney for the Chiricahua
Apache Nation but his job history is filled with controversy
and a string of resignations under contentious circumstances.
The Post notes that Bradford resigned from an
appointment at West Point in 2015 after authoring a paper about
Muslims. The content of the paper seems unsurprisingly similar
to the ideology that informed his Twitter opinions. In the
paper, Bradford argued:

[the] United States should threaten to destroy Muslim holy
sites in war even if it means great destruction, innumerable
enemy casualties, and civilian collateral damage.”

Bradford also called for legal scholars “sympathetic to
Islamist aims” to be imprisoned or “attacked.” He dubbed such
academics “critical law of armed conflict academy,” or
CLOACA, which is also a term for the orifice out of which
some animals defecate. He suggested journalists with whom
such scholars speak could also be targeted.

In short, Bradford, whose appointment by the White House did
not require Senate confirmation, is the ideal Trump appointee:
he has adopted the lingo of the White House, an empty rhetoric
that perceives itself as brave in its critique but is little
more than a recitation of the lazy cruelty that defines the
Trump linguistic. It’s a mimicry of nothingness, a claim of a
past that never existed—one where gender and race were
legible—and though it’s a language that’s now familiar,
reiterated on the President’s social media accounts, it’s
convergence with power remains newsworthy.

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