(Washington, DC — February 6, 2015) – Now firmly in control of Congress, Republicans have been trying to “improve” their brand by saying they’re more inclusive to those who aren’t traditionally from their base (i.e., elderly white angry Christian men).
And just when you believe they’re sincere, one of their own implodes and leaves as many doubts as Brian Williams’ story about being shot out of the sky in Iraq.
Benjamin Cole, senior policy adviser to Representative Aaron Schock (R-IL) – and a former Baptist pastor – resigned on Thursday due to the discovery of racist rants, comments, and videos he posted on Facebook.
How Schocking could it be?
- Cole produced several posts which mocked African-Americans outside his apartment in Washington, DC. For extra fun, he added the hashtag #gentrifytoday to his comments: “So apparently the closing of the National Zoo has forced the animals to conduct their mating rituals on my street.”
- Cole called for a mosque to be built for President Obama (D-IL/Kenya). On the White House grounds. As all rational people know, Obama is neither a Kenyan nor a Muslim. Cole is apparently not rational.
“I don’t really see how Schock could be any more of a schmuck,” said a political scientist, speaking on condition of anonymity. “He didn’t check out this guy? Very sloppy political process on his part, and now he’ll pay for it, as will the Republican brand.”
Schock said he was “extremely disappointed” by Cole’s actions, decrying the “inexcusable and offensive online comments” made by his aide.
“He’s probably sorry that he didn’t get to make them himself,” said a Republican critic, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Schock had to think he was in the clear after putting another mini-scandal to bed. It became known that interior decorator from Illinois decorated his Congressional office in Downton Abbey style. Initially accepting the decorating for free, a question of violating House ethics made him change course and insist on paying for all services rendered.
Yet he pleaded his case to average, ordinary, everyday Americans anyway.
“I’ve never been an old crusty white guy,” he insisted as he defended his new décor.
Given his former aide’s Internet posts, it’s clear that Schock is exactly that.