EPA chief Andrew Wheeler’s social media likes come under fire



Andrew Wheeler, the acting administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), liked a racist image of former President Barack Obama on Facebook and retweeted a conservative provocateur in the past, according to a new report.

Wheeler liked a photo of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at a sporting event where a banana is shown in the foreground in January 2013, HuffPost reports. The image was shared by a Facebook page called “Mia mamma e vergine,” which translates to “my mom is a virgin” in Italian.

The page last appeared to post content earlier this year.

The news outlet also reports that Wheeler commented on a post by Atheist Republic on Facebook about Hillary Clinton. The now-EPA acting administrator said: “I think she’s mentioned in the Book of Revelations….right after the Four Horsemen.”

On Twitter, Wheeler reportedly retweeted Dinesh D’Souza blasting Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a tweet from an InfoWars writer, and a tweet from right-wing Twitter personality Jack Posobiec.

The acting EPA administrator told the news outlet he didn’t “remember” liking the racist post about the Obamas, and added that he was a “prolific social media user and liked and inadvertently liked countless social media posts.”

You can read all of HuffPost’s report here.


Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

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