Trump Staffer Who Shared Racist Social Media Posts To Join Dept Of Education

A South Carolina staffer for Donald Trump’s campaign whose racist social media posts drew attention during the election will join the Department of Education, the Huffington Post reported Thursday.

Teresa UnRue, a field organizer and graphic designer for Trump’s advance team, was included on an emailed list of new employees sent by acting secretary for the department Phil Rosenfelt. Huffington Post obtained a copy of the email, which did not specify what role UnRue will take at the department.

In July, an Associated Press review of Trump staffers’ social media accounts unearthed a video on UnRue’s feed of a black man eating fried chicken while berating other black people.

"Why are you mad about slavery?" he asks. "Y'all weren't no damn slaves."

"Had me crack'n up!! Thank you!" UnRue wrote in an accompanying comment. "Please share this with people."

UnRue also shared posts saying we need "Islam control" rather than "gun control" and calling former President Barack Obama a “terrorist.” One post alleged that late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last February of a heart attack, was assassinated in a covert government operation.

The White House and UnRue did not respond to HuffPost’s requests for comment.

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