In the aftermath of the deadly shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday night, a former Obama administration official drew attention to an unrelated story about Gov. Nikki Haley’s past remarks on the Confederate flag.
Brandon Friedman, former deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, posted the Talking Points Memo story on Twitter and even included the trending #Charleston hashtag being used to circulate information on the mass shooting that left nine people dead.
Several users, including TheBlaze TV personality Dana Loesch, called out Friedman publicly for what was perceived as trying to connect two unrelated stories.
WTF? @BFriedmanDC How does this help? Are you accusing Nikki Haley? Absolutely classless.— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 18, 2015
@BFriedmanDC Nice strawman— Bug Party (@Cicada4life) June 18, 2015
Friedman told TheBlaze he formally left the Obama administration on June 4.
Police confirmed that nine were killed Wednesday night after a gunman walked into a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, and opened fire.
Police were still searching for the suspected shooter, described as a 21-year-old white male, early Thursday.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to note that Brandon Friedman is a former Obama administration official.