Lynne Patton, who works at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, posted a screenshot of a news story about Jeffrey Epstein’s reported suicide this morning. Patton suggested that Hillary Clinton had played a role in Epstein’s death, posting
Patton also added a hashtag which refers to a long-running and baseless conspiracy theory about the suicide of former lawyer, Vince Foster, who worked in Bill Clinton’s White House.
Before joining the Trump administration, she worked as a senior adviser and liaison on his presidential campaign. Before that she worked for eight years as a vice president at Eric Trump’s foundation and as a “senior aide” to the Trump family.
Patton has stirred up controversy before. Most recently, in May, Patton said she shared on both her personal and government Twitter accounts a message that was supportive of her boss, HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, and critical of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
According to Rolling Stone, Patton wrote on Facebook, sharing the tweet from her official government Twiiter account,
“Just retweeted this amazing tweet from both of my Twitter accounts – professional and personal. may be a Hatch Act violation” which prohibits federal employees “from engaging in partisan political activity.” “Either way,” Patton wrote, “I honestly don’t care anymore.”
And in 2018, she shared a meme about CNN anchor Anderson Cooper,
“You know it’s sad when even the WEATHER is #FakeNews,” she wrote. “🤬😤 #StayWokeMyFriends.”
Patton signed an agreement in March to appear on a reality show about Black Republicans that was in early development. She said she had permission from the Trump family.
“Look, they know I tend to put my foot in my mouth. They were a little concerned that maybe with some alcohol I might be a little too freewheeling on a show like this … But they were very supportive.”
(via Rolling Stone)