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Trump Labor Employee Resigns Amid Bloomberg Law Report Over 2016 Joke

Shelby Talcott on September 3, 2019

A newly appointed Trump Labor Department official resigned after Bloomberg Law requested comment from the White House about a 2016 joke posted on the labor employee’s Facebook page.

Leif Olson worked at the Department of Labor (DOL) for just 18 days before resigning, Bloomberg Law reported. Olson wrote a Facebook comment “suggesting the Jewish-controlled media ‘protects their own,’” but the article cropped out a comment on Olson’s post stating that his message was a joke.

The full Facebook post includes a comment reading “I’m trying to figure out the correct response to epic sarcasm…you speak sarcasm like it is your first language.” This comment was not included in Bloomberg Law’s article. The editors for the Bloomberg Law did not respond to a request for comment on leaving out the reply that the post was a joke.

Bloomberg Law cropped out the portion of the thread which asserted that Olson’s comments were a joke. (Screenshot Facebook)

“It was sarcastic criticism of the alt-right’s conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic positions,” Olson said in an interview, according to Bloomberg Law.

The post “started as a sarcastic quip” and “devolved into an exchange referencing two anti-Semitic tropes: that Jews control the media and that they look out for members of their own faith,” Penn alleged.

Senior editor at The Federalist Mollie Hemingway tweeted that the article was “dangerous and malicious propaganda against Republicans.”

Rod Dreher, a senior editor at The American Conservative, tweeted that the article was “a revolting smear,” adding that it’s “a perfect example of how (according to a defector friend) our society is coming to resemble communism: leftist media figures will distort and even lie to destroy reputations and careers of their perceived enemies.”

“These Facebook posts all read as really obvious sarcasm, a fact that is even more clear if you know anything at all about Paul Ryan’s primary opponent,” Matthew Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters for America, wrote.

Ben Shapiro, a political commentator, also tweeted out against the article, writing that it is “a joke.”

Bloomberg Law reporter Ben Penn described Olson as “an unsuccessful GOP candidate in 2012,” adding that he “fired off a series of late-night posts on his personal Facebook page three years ago.”

“This is the latest in a series of mishaps under the Trump administration personnel vetting system,” Penn tweeted Tuesday. “What makes this one remarkable is that Olson’s Facebook page was public to his non-friends. Any cursory screening of his social media accounts could’ve uncovered the anti-Semitism.”

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  • While liberal Dumocrat antisemitism get a pass. Need I mention Va racism/sexism that gets a "sound of silence" pass by the ANTI-American leftist MSM.

  • Well of course Bloomberg DID NOT tell the whole story , Wikileaks has Bloomberg listed on their official FAKE NEWS LIST .


  • Seeems like the Leftwing politburo employs thousands pouring over years of postings on the web to see if they can shame anyone who disagrees with them. Given the Left's posturings I can't give a damn if someone called for Obama's mother in law to be sacrificed to Baal. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

  • Where as, there IS no democrat vetting system.,they elect The vilest criminals, and nobody even checks up on any of them. Meanwhile, if a republican said something 40 years ago, they are made to resign. It is time to push back and say we will not resign, no one is perfect, we made a mistake, who hasn’t?

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