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Former professor weighs in on hate speech by Governor's former staffer

Posted at 7:12 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 20:30:51-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Today it was revealed that a former staffer of Governor Pete Ricketts was allegedly involved in hate speech in an on-line chat group.

22-year-old Bennett Bressman reportedly made comments on a white nationalist YouTube chat group discussing hatred toward Jews, African Americans and homosexuals.

Ari Kohen, an Associate Professor of Political Science at UNL who taught Bressman had this to say about the controversy:

"Whether he's talking about me or he's talking about one of my colleagues the comments are really disturbing."

Kohen also says:

"To be able to be radicalized like that, to be able to so easily speak this way about so many other kinds of people, people that he was walking around and getting to know but still harboring these views it's very dangerous."

Bressman was employed as a field staffer for Ricketts' campaign for seven months until December 2018.

Some of his posts referenced working for the Governor and infiltrating politics.

In a statement, the Governor says he was horrified and condemns the statements.

The UNL Police Department is evaluating the situation for potential threats.