NEBRASKA: GOP Gov “Horrified” To Learn Top Staffer Is Racist Who Posted “Frag Grenades At Fag Parades”

Talking Points Memo reports:

Bennett Bressman has “more compassion for small dogs than illegals,” uses the n-word freely and claims his “whole political ideology revolves around harming journalists.” Bressman also happens to have served as statewide field director for Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts’ successful 2018 reelection campaign.

A shocking trove of leaked private messages Bressman sent over Discord, a web platform popular with white nationalists, were surfaced Sunday by Anti-Fascist Action Nebraska. Under the handle “bress222,” Bressman made over 3,000 comments on the page for white nationalist YouTuber Nicholas Fuentes’ show America First.

Lincoln’s ABC affiliate reports:

Governor Pete Ricketts responded Monday to reports that a former campaign staffer had made anti-Semitic statements and other hateful statements in an online chat room. “I am shocked and horrified to learn that this former staffer made these statements and I had no idea he harbored these feelings,” Ricketts said in a press release.

“He never expressed these views to me. I condemn these statements and this hateful worldview, which do not reflect my beliefs or the beliefs of Nebraskans,” he said. A spokesman for Ricketts confirmed to Eyewitness News that Bressman is no longer employed by the state.

In the posts collected by Anti-Fascist Action Nebraska, Bressman both ridicules and denies the Holocaust, wrote “frag grenades at fag parades in summer 2018,” and says the only problem with running over Black Lives Matter activists is that he has a “nice car.” He also claims to have once thrown eggs at an “LGBT rally.” His social media profiles were deleted sometime last night.