Donald Trump’s campaign got some unwelcome press after a report revealed that his former butler Anthony Senecal had made a series of racist Facebook posts that threatened President Barack Obama and are now the subject of a Secret Service investigation.
Immediately, Trump’s campaign disavowed Senecal’s statements and said he had not been in Trump’s employment since 2009. Of course, this is not the first time a politician’s staff member’s social media rants have embarrassed the boss.
Walker adviser insults Iowa
At one point in the 2016 cycle, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was considered the front-runner in Iowa, a candidate who mixed fiscal and social conservatism. However, his campaign came under fire when tweets from adviser Liz Mair were unearthed that appeared to insult Iowa.
The sooner we remove Iowa’s frontrunning status, the better off American politics and policy will be.
— Liz Mair (@LizMair) January 24, 2015
Eventually, Mair left her position, claiming it was Democrats who dug up the tweets.
Hill staffer slams Obama daughters
Elizabeth Lauten, communications director to Rep. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn., infamously lost her job after making a Facebook post critical of President Barack Obama’s daughters.
Lauten shared her opinion of Malia and Sasha Obama’s posture and expressions during the White House’s annual turkey pardoning ceremony.
“Rise to the occasion. Act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar,” she said in the post. “And certainly don’t make faces during televised public events.”
Lauten later apologized and resigned from her position, saying that she “quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager.”
Schock staffer’s racist rant
The first part of 2015 was rough for then-Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., after already facing questions about his spending and decorating his House office like “Downton Abbey.” Things got worse after his communications director Benjamin Cole’s racist posts were unearthed.
Cole made disparaging comments about African Americans, saying “The closing of the National Zoo has forced the animals to conduct mating rituals on my street.”
In another post, Cole, a former pastor, said a mosque should be built on the White House grounds. Cole ultimately resigned.