The son of Colorado GOP Senate candidate Bob Schaffer is causing his dad a little embarrassment on the campaign trail this week.
Nineteen-year-old Justin Schaffer publicly apologized for putting up posters on his Facebook page including one declaring “Slavery Gets Shit Done.”
Among the Facebook page additions are a plethora of images that mock Barack Obama — painting him as Muslim, elitist, homosexual and a terrorist. One even goes so far as to compare the presumptive Democratic candidate for president to the cereal-box character “Count Chocula.”
The page also includes several pro-gun images. One “bumper sticker” shows an image of Jesus holding an M-16 in front of a Confederate flag, with the words “What Would Republican Jesus Do?” Another features a bevy of different kinds of guns with the words, “Celebrate Diversity” underneath.
Schaffer, an economics major at the University of Dayton, issued an apology to a local news station in Colorado that first reported the story:
“I do not agree with the sentiment or content of the offensive material, especially the ‘bumper sticker’ that references slave labor. It is clear that my actions were juvenile, disrespectful, and a mistake on my part.
“The offensive materials directly contradict the values that my parents taught me and are forbidden in my parents’ home. My Facebook page is solely my responsibility, and I am saddened that my actions have reflected poorly on my sisters and parents.”
His father spoke to 9NEWS on the phone after an event in Glenwood Springs Monday evening and said, “My wife and I have initiated a process of firm and severe discipline with our son.”
“Cap’n Bootyplunder,” as one friend referred to the younger Schaffer in a wall post, is just 19, yet a number of his “bumper stickers” refer to drinking games and alcohol. His interests include “being cool, girls.”
The images come from a website called www.schafferfamilyvalues.com, where an unknown party mirrored Schaffer’s Facebook page so it could be displayed publicly.
A few highlights from “Justin Schaffer’s Adventures in Facebook” after the jump.