The controversy around Darla Shine, wife of the White House communications chief, explained

Darla and Bill Shine

Darla Shine sends racist tweets, says sexist things, and believes in conspiracy theories about sunblock.

Bill Shine, Trump’s new communications director, arrived to the job with a lot of baggage. He left Fox News in 2017, facing lawsuits that accused him of covering up allegations of sexual harassment at the network. He was considered the enforcer for disgraced network chief Roger Ailes.

That should have been enough controversy. But Shine’s appointment also brought scrutiny on his wife, Darla, whose racist tweets and sexist comments have trickled out in recent days.

The tweets from her Twitter account, which has been deleted, include streams of racist memes and conspiracy-laden rants, plus multiple laments that she can’t use a racial slur: “Just singing to one of my jams ‘Golddigger’ by Kanye West when I realized If I sing along to the verse ‘Broke N——’ I might be a racist,” Shine tweeted in July 2015, according to Mediate’s screenshots of her tweets.

She’s also an anti-vaxxer who believes that sunscreen is a “hoax.”

Darla isn’t a member of the administration, although her husband is in charge of White House communications — packaging and directing the administration’s message to the American people. Usually the spouses of White House officials aren’t scrutinized so closely. But Shine herself is also a public figure — a published author, podcast host, blogger. Beyond that, her racist online rants are just the latest example of the kind of company the president and his closest advisers are choosing to keep.

Who is Darla Shine?

Shine’s brand is personal. She began her career as a TV producer at — where else — Fox News. She built a career off her decision to become a stay-at-home-mom and homemaker, …read more

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