BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Derogatory comments a federal prosecutor in Southeast Texas made about President Barack Obama and Trayvon Martin on Facebook are being reviewed, an official said

The Beaumont Enterprise reported John Craft, an attorney in the criminal division of the Eastern District of Texas, wrote on a private Facebook page that "low information voters" helped get Obama re-elected. He referred to Obama as "Dalibama."

Craft also posted an image of a graphic that said: "Obama: Why Stupid People Shouldn't Vote."

The newspaper said it received an email of a screen capture of Craft's Facebook interactions, with the name of the other participant redacted.

The prosecutor, in response to a status update backing stand your ground laws, also wrote about the fatal shooting of Martin, suggesting the teenager had ulterior motives for being in the Florida neighborhood where he was killed.

Martin was fatally shot in 2012 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman, who said he killed the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense, was acquitted in July.

In one post, Craft wrote: "How are you fixed for Skittles and Arizona watermelon fruitcocktail (and maybe a bottle of Robitussin, too) in your neighborhood? I am fresh out of "purple drank." So, I may come by for a visit. In a rainstorm. In the middle of the night. In a hoodie. Don't get upset or anything if you see me looking in your window...kay?"

Martin, who was wearing a hoodie when he was fatally shot, was returning to his father's Sanford, Fla., home after going to a nearby store for a package of Skittles and an Arizona iced tea.

Craft told the newspaper his statements "were not related to the U.S. Attorney's office" and declined further comment.

John Malcolm Bales, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, said he will "look into" Craft's comments. He would not say whether Craft would face disciplinary action.

Bales said his office does not have a social media policy but added he did not agree with Craft's comments and found any discriminatory sentiments "reprehensible."

Bales regretted that Craft's comments were in the public domain but said that the almost 5,000 federal prosecutors employed nationwide were entitled to their opinions of public issues. He added that it didn't appear Craft made his comments as a federal prosecutor.



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