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Aaron Schock Adviser Resigns Over Racially-Charged Comments On Facebook

“The fact remains that White people who live in my building are routinely harassed by Black miscreants who blockade the sidewalks and entryways in front of and behind my building…” Update: Cole resigned from Schock’s office.

A senior policy adviser to Republican Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois made more racially charged comments on Facebook than previously reported, according to posts obtained by BuzzFeed News.

Benjamin Cole, who serves as a senior adviser for policy and communications to Schock, said a mosque should be built on the White House grounds for President Obama and said he was doing “[his] absolute best” to put “as many Black Criminals who live and loiter on [his] street behind bars.”

The website Think Progress reported Thursday on other racially charged comments from Cole.

The website in one instance showed a Facebook post from Cole, which had a video allegedly showing a black woman arguing with someone off the screen.

“So apparently the closing of the National Zoo has forced the animals to conduct their mating rituals on my street. #gentrifytoday Pt. 1,” Cole wrote in that post in 2013.

Cole resigned Thursday following the revelations.

“I am extremely disappointed by the inexcusable and offensive online comments made by a member of my staff,” Schock said in a statement reported by Journal Star. “I would expect better from any member of my team. Upon learning about them I met with Mr. Cole and he offered his resignation which I have accepted.”

Cole did not return a request for comment on the posts below.

Here’s his Facebook post saying a mosque should be built for President Obama on the White House grounds:

Benjamin Cole Facebook

Here’s his post on “Black criminals” from last week.

Benjamin Cole Facebook

Here’s another Facebook post on the “Django series” he said was being filmed outside his home:

Benjamin Cole Facebook

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.
 
 

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