The wife of Bill Shine, the new White House deputy chief of staff for communications, has come under scrutiny for racially charged remarks and unfounded medical theories posted to her Twitter account, according to a report by the website Mediaite.
Darla Shine, a former television producer and the author of a book about the joys of being a stay-at-home mom called “Happy Housewives,” reportedly made statements questioning why white people would be labeled racist for using the n-word while black people would not, defending the Confederate battle flag and highlighting instances of black-on-white crime.
Shine’s Twitter account has since been deleted. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Separately, Trump on Saturday weighed in on reports that Twitter has been suspending as many as 1 million accounts per day as it battles the spread of disinformation on the platform.
In a morning tweet from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., Trump noted that the social-media platform “is getting rid of fake accounts at a record pace” and seized on the news to take aim at one of his favorite targets, the mainstream media.
“Will that include the Failing New York Times and propaganda machine for Amazon, the Washington Post, who constantly quote anonymous sources that, in my opinion, don’t exist – They will both be out of business in 7 years!” Trump wrote.
(The Washington Post is owned by Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos. It operates independently of the online retailer.)
According to Mediaite, which shared images of some of the tweets and quoted others, Darla Shine demanded more than a dozen times that “rappers remove n word from music.”
“Al Sharpton demanding kid Rock denounce Rebel Flag yet Sharpton not demanding Rappers remove N word from music,” she wrote in one, according to Mediaite.
“Rebel Flag off State Buildings in SC but cop killer rap songs, songs about rape, and songs with N word continue to play on the radio,” she said in another, according to the website.
“Remove every rap song that has the N word in it. Take them off the air. If we ban Gone with the Wind, racist rap music goes too.”
After LeBron James and other athletes gave speeches at an awards show decrying police violence against black men, she wrote, “Comical to see these over paid black sports stars give Black Lives Matter speech,” according to Mediaite.
Darla Shine has defended some of President Trump’s most controversial statements, including his profane remarks about African countries and certain others, and his proposal while he was a presidential candidate that Muslims be barred from entering the United States, Mediaite reported. She also speculated that ABC executives might have canceled Roseanne Barr’s show not because the actress compared former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett, who is black, to an ape, but because the comedian had also referred to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Shine also tweeted stories that put forth debunked information about the danger of vaccines at least a dozen times, Mediaite reported. Any link between autism and vaccines has been disproved by various studies over the years.
“Biggest national security threat is autism!” she wrote in a tweet that tagged Trump, according to HuffPost. “How can we run a country when half of all boys will be autistic by 2050?”
“1 out of 10 black boys has autism,” she wrote in another tweet.
She also implied that the addiction treatment drug Suboxone, not racism, induced Charleston, S.C., church shooter Dylann Roof to kill nine black parishioners.
“Yes lets blame the Confederate Flag instead of Big Pharma and the psychiatric violence inducing Suboxone Dylan Roof was taking,” she wrote in 2015, according to Mediaite.
On Facebook, she talked disparagingly of transgender people, writing that “Manmade vagina is still not as good as the real thing!” in a comment beneath an article on a reality show, HuffPost reported.
She also shared an article with the headline, “Russian president Vladimir Putin says that Western governments are enslaving humanity through vaccines,” HuffPost reported.
The White House announced on Thursday that Bill Shine would be joining the staff as an assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for communications.
Previously, he had served as co-president at Fox News until he was ousted in 2017 after lawsuits suggested he had enabled alleged sexual harassment by the network’s late chairman and chief executive, Roger Ailes.
Paul Farhi and Felicia Sonmez contributed to this report.