WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Flake's high school–aged son Tanner used Twitter to threaten the "faggot" who stole his bike that he "will find you, and … will beat the crap out of you," joked about an acquaintance stealing one-liners because he's Jewish, and went by the name "n1ggerkiller" in an online game.
"I'm very disappointed in my teenage son's words, and I sincerely apologize for the insensitivity. This language is unacceptable, anywhere. Needless to say, I've already spoken with him about this, he has apologized, and I apologize as well," Sen. Flake said in a statement to BuzzFeed.
Although Tanner has since locked his Twitter account, a series of tweets from January and February show the Arizona Republican's son repeatedly using the slurs.
Additionally, Flake posted screenshots of scores from games on "Fun Run," a social gaming app. The screenshots show that Flake goes by the name of "n1ggerkiller."
UPDATE: A source points out that Flake's YouTube comments are also littered with offensive language. A preliminary review of the hundreds of comments shows he repeatedly called other users "nigger" and "faggot," called Mexicans the "scum of the Earth," and on several occasions bragged that his father is a member of Congress.
John Stanton is a senior national correspondent for BuzzFeed News. In 2014, Stanton was a recipient of the National Press Foundation’s 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress.
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