Donald Trump Campaign Staffer Who Posted Racist Comments Joins The Administration

An email shows the staffer is one of 15 joining the Education Department.

UPDATE: Jan. 27 鈥 According to new transition information obtained by Politico on Thursday, the staffer鈥檚 name has disappeared from a list of new employees.


PHILADELPHIA 鈥 A staffer on Donald Trump鈥檚 campaign who posted racist material on social media during the election cycle will now be joining the Department of Education, according to an internal email obtained by The Huffington Post.

The email was sent to career Education Department employees by Phil Rosenfelt, who will serve as acting secretary of the department, and Jason Botel, new White House adviser for education. It lists members of Trump鈥檚 鈥渘ew administration team鈥 and notes their 鈥渧aried backgrounds in policy, communications, and finance.鈥

Teresa UnRue, who worked as a graphic designer and field organizer for Trump鈥檚 South Carolina advance team, is one of them.

A week before the Republican National Convention, UnRue drew attention for posting a video on her Facebook account showing a black man eating fried chicken, according to an Associated Press report.

In the video, the man asks why fellow African-Americans are mad about slavery and says, 鈥淵鈥檃ll weren鈥檛 no damn slaves.鈥 When she shared the clip, UnRue wrote, 鈥淗ad me crack鈥檔 up!! Thank you! Please share this with people.鈥

According to the AP, UnRue also posted a link to a website that alleged Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was assassinated by the government. Scalia died last year of a heart attack.

HuffPost conducted a search of UnRue鈥檚 Facebook posts, which consist primarily of videos and pro-Trump posts. Some called then-President Barack Obama a 鈥渢errorist鈥 or charged that he should be arrested for 鈥渕urder and treason.鈥

The email to Education Department employees does not describe what role UnRue will play at the department.

Neither the White House nor UnRue immediately responded to requests for comment.

Read the email below:

Laura Barron-Lopez

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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