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Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) Apologizes for Son's Use of Homophobic, Racist, and Anti-Semitic Slurs


Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) apologized today after offensive statements on his teenage son's social media accounts were uncovered by Buzzfeed.

FlakeSen. Jeff Flake’s high school-aged son Tanner used twitter to threaten the “faggot” who stole his bike that he “will find you, and … will beat the crap out of you,” joked about an acquaintance stealing one-liners because he’s Jewish, and went by the name “n1ggerkiller” in an online game.

Another message said "I'm down to own some faggots."

Said Flake to Buzzfeed:

“I’m very disappointed in my teenage son’s words, and I sincerely apologize for the insensitivity. This language is unacceptable, anywhere. Needless to say, I’ve already spoken with him about this, he has apologized, and I apologize as well."

Flake's son's YouTube comments contain the same slurs, and also "called Mexicans the 'scum of the Earth' and on several occasions bragged that his father is a member of Congress.

Update: a reader sends in a sampling of Tanner Flake's comments from YouTube.

"you faggot retard pussy piece of crap i hope you die in a hole slowly and painfully"
“you gay fag ni**er go shoot yourself because no body likes you”
“Mexicans are the scum of the earth.”
“Then some ni**er started rapping and I looked at her album art and saw that it was Flo Rida.”
“Stupid little ni**er”
“go die in a hole you stupid ni**er”
“The black guy always fails first...”
“Yes, because one white dude goes nuts. No. Black people do crap like this all of the time.”
“When he called himself a cheap jew i loled hard”

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  1. You mean the son of a man who twice voted against the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act is caught tweeting his interest in committing a hate crime. I am shocked! Shocked, I say!

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 12, 2013 7:57:49 PM

  2. Insensitive? Is that what Mr. Flake calls language so vulgar and abusive that if he used it on the floor of the US Senate he would be expelled? Hello? Your son doesn't reflect well on your parenting, Mr. Flake. What kind of family values do you really stand for?

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 12, 2013 7:59:36 PM

  3. I find it odd that in this post, "ni**ger" is censored, but faggot is not. Is one word more offensive than the other? Is there a rational explanation for this?

    Posted by: cobblehiller | Jun 12, 2013 8:03:45 PM

  4. It seems though that some sanitizing is being done being as Tanner's Youtube page is no longer available and his Twitter has been locked. Kinda late on the uptake on that. You would aspect Senator Flake would have better advisors who would have checked AND kept an eye on the kids social media.

    Posted by: Robert Martin | Jun 12, 2013 8:04:11 PM

  5. Here they are stabbing crabs in the Marshall Islands.

    Posted by: John | Jun 12, 2013 8:06:35 PM

  6. His twitter account is protected: @tflakey and facebook page not public:
    Father's twitter handle is: @JeffFlake and his facebook page is:
    Appears he is a single dad, so I'm guessing the kid has zero supervision.

    Posted by: mlbh | Jun 12, 2013 8:13:00 PM

  7. Nope, there is a wife. She just doesn't show up in profile avatars of father. Just him and two sons. That's interesting.

    Posted by: mlbh | Jun 12, 2013 8:17:26 PM

  8. have to wonder how well this is sitting with matt, the gay son. maybe sen flake needs to leave the management of the country to others and tend to his fractured family.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Jun 12, 2013 8:17:37 PM

  9. @Michael - thank you for reminding us of that. My friend was saying that to me this morning.

    Bigot apologizes for his son exposing the bigotry he's learned.

    I dont' want an apology. I want that kid to get kicked between the legs so we can never breed.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 12, 2013 8:19:08 PM

  10. This is what happens when straights marry.

    Posted by: Joey | Jun 12, 2013 8:24:39 PM

  11. Seriously, that boy needs counseling before he acts on that hate and kills someone.

    Posted by: TomTallis | Jun 12, 2013 8:46:05 PM

  12. I'll lay odds his boyfriend is a mentally challenged interracial (African-American/ Mexican-American) Jew.

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Jun 12, 2013 8:46:12 PM

  13. Obviously Jeff Flake's son hasn't gone through GOP finishing school. That's where you learn to say Welfare Queen instead of n!gger.

    The sins of the fathers...

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 12, 2013 8:47:24 PM

  14. you know, in incidences like this you'd hope it would up the parents so they realize "Wow. My policy-making and political stances have led my child to think bigotry is ok."

    Alas, it won't happen. Because he thinks bigotry is great. Until it gets exposed, then you apologize for the "language".

    It's like when someone gets called out for saying "All f@ggots are disgusting and should be killed" and then says "i'm sorry for saying f@ggot"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 12, 2013 8:49:26 PM

  15. It takes a congregation to raise a child.

    Posted by: Mitt | Jun 12, 2013 8:49:35 PM

  16. And wouldn't you know, the town they live in is Snowflake.

    Posted by: Whiter Than Snow | Jun 12, 2013 8:51:25 PM

  17. Not a surprise. After all,his cousin is gay yet he has no qualms about him being forced to go through reprative therapy and working as hard as he could to make him a second class citizen.
    Son is only following what he was taught.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jun 12, 2013 8:53:41 PM

  18. A perfect reason for abortions at a late stage.

    Posted by: macmantoo | Jun 12, 2013 8:54:51 PM

  19. Is 16 too old for late term abortion?

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Jun 12, 2013 8:58:40 PM

  20. I didn't mean that but the whole lot of 'em needs therapy.

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Jun 12, 2013 9:00:10 PM

  21. whew that's bad. i've seen some bad internet trolls, but phrases like "the n word family", that's about the worst ever. this guy is clearly a terrible father.

    Posted by: NE1 | Jun 12, 2013 9:02:03 PM

  22. Let's see, the father's always working and the mother's always shopping. Family values at their best.

    Flake's son is hardly unique--they aren't called congressional brats out of pique.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 12, 2013 9:07:16 PM

  23. People are so incredibly stupid! With social media the way they are, you can't get away with anything! You simply can't be a hater, idiot Yay!!

    Posted by: Geoff | Jun 12, 2013 9:09:17 PM

  24. "Here they are stabbing crabs in the Marshall Islands"

    At least they called it a DesertED Island, not a Desert Island, which makes no sense.

    Nope, that's all I've got positive to say.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jun 12, 2013 9:31:47 PM

  25. The comments on the Facebook page are getting hilarious:

    "That demon child should apologize publicly - once for each offense that has been uncovered online."

    "I just read the troubling news that you are unfit to be an elected employee. Resign and beg forgiveness, and muzzle the spawn"

    "You must be so proud. Which one of those deceptively angelic lookings boys has the mouth on him?"

    Posted by: selrahC | Jun 12, 2013 9:32:33 PM

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