UPDATED 6:05 PM EST, 2-5-15: According to media reports, senior adviser for policy and communications to Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) resigned after racially insensitive comments were discovered on his Facebook page and published by ThinkProgress and circulated by other media outlets.


ThinkProgress has reportedly obtained a series of Facebook posts created by the senior adviser for policy and communications to Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

Benjamin Cole, a former Baptist pastor, posted a series of videos and comments on October 13, 2013 mocking two African Americans outside of his Washington DC apartment.

Cole compared the people in the images to animals escaping from the National Zoo engaged in “mating rituals.”


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The posts appeared to have been removed from Cole’s page Wednesday.

Later in 2013,  Cole described witnessing a shooting of “one of the hood rats on my street” by “another hood rat.”

ThinkProgress reportedly emailed both Cole and Schock’s chief of staff to request comment. Neither has responded.

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