More than 50 current and former staffers for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have posted racist and other disturbing comments on social media sites (video below).
Jeff Horwitz, one of The Associated Press reporters who researched the postings, appeared on MSNBC on August 22 and described some of the Twitter and Facebook posts as anti-Mexican, anti-black and anti-Muslim.
"Some of them also seem to have opinions that are aggressive in the extreme, and sometimes even borderline violent," Horwitz said. "For example, suggesting hanging Secretary of State John Kerry, or talking about it's us versus them in terms of America's relationship with Muslims."
According to Horwitz, it's not clear how the Trump campaign deals with these staffers because the campaign refused to comment. The MSNBC host said the Trump campaign did not respond to questions from the cable news channel.
Horwitz said some of the social media postings were news stories about black-on-white violent crimes and declarations that the news media was suppressing such stories as part of a conspiracy to keep white Americans from learning about the attacks.
According to Horwitz, other postings included "a lot of jokes about how Muslims should be required to eat bacon by gun store owners before they are allowed to purchase firearms."
"One gentleman, I think he was an organizer in Florida, talking about how he really hoped that we weren't headed for civil war in this country, but so be it if we were,'" Horwitz recalled.
Horwitz said these types of social media postings were not found in the social media account of staffers for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
According to The Associated Press article, in 2015, Craig Bachler posted a picture on Facebook of a fat man wearing a sombrero that included jokes about Mexican accents before he was named Florida's director of coalitions for Trump's campaign.
Teresa Unrue, who is with Trump's advance team, shared a video on Facebook in July of a black man eating fried chicken and criticizing black people: "Why are you mad about slavery? Y'all weren't no damn slaves."
She also shared this comment on social media: "We need Islam control, not gun control."
Unrue told The Associated Press that she made an effort to keep personal social media postings positive, and then referred the news wire to the Trump campaign.
Trump grassroots organizer Annie Marie Delgado posted a black-on-white crime story in December 2014 (before Trump announced he was running for president) and commented: "How about this little white boy being murdered by a black man?"
In February, Delgado reportedly opposed a Muslim-American judge being appointed in New York: "Step by step... this is how American culture will end."
Delgado told the news service that she ceased her work for the Trump campaign in April, and did not recall some of her postings, while backing down from other postings.
Regarding a posting of an essay about Muslims not being able to be good Americans, Delgado said: "If I read the whole thing, I probably wouldn't have posted it."
Mark Kevin Lloyd, Trump's field director in Virginia, shared a posting that called Islam "a barbaric cult" on June 30, and a meme on June 16 calling for Muslims to eat bacon before buying guns, notes The Associated Press.
Lloyd refused to comment without permission from the Trump campaign.
Phillip Dann, who was a Trump field organizer in Massachusetts, shared a meme that mocked "Muslim sympathizers," but told the news service that he didn't have any animosity towards Muslims.