The senior advisor for US Representative Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) resigned Thursday after a series of racially-charged remarks were revealed to have been posted by him on social media.
However, the Washington Post reported Saturday, these were not the only controversial comments from Benjamin Cole's past.
In 1999, his work was targeted at a different minority in the United State. In that year, Cole was featured in a never aired documentary about Southern Baptist attempts to convert Jews to Christianity.
The film, an hour long, was eventually posted on YouTube. It follows a Jewish New Yorker, Steve Manin, who goes on a quest to learn what it takes to become "saved."
Manin somehow connects with Cole who become his "Christian mentor."
“A Jew who comes to recognize Jesus as the Messiah is a fulfilled Jew,” Cole tells Manin in the film.
“It doesn’t bring me any pleasure to say, but anyone who at the moment of death either ignorantly or willingly has rejected Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior will spend eternity in a Christless hell, a place of eternal torment and suffering.”
Manin, now a car salesman, confirmed in an email to the Washington Post, that the film shows "hints of the personality traits, even as a 23-year-old radical Christian fundamentalist, that he brought to bear in his recent posts.”
The film sees Cole lashing out out at, among other things, abortion, homosexuality, the Democratic Party, and communism. Cole also made remarks against Hispanics, Manin notes, when he told him to put less gel in his hair “because it made me look like a Mexican.”
Cole, 38, confirmed Friday that it was indeed him in the film. Cole worked as a senior advisor to Rep. Schock for less than a year only, but began working on Capitol Hill in 2009 as a press secretary for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Think Progress and Buzzfeed discovered Facebook comments written by Cole, which included comparing Blacks in his neighborhood to animals that escaped from the National Zoo. This post from October 2013 was accompanied with the Twitter hashtag #gentrifytoday.
In another post from 2010, Cole suggested building a mosque on the grounds of the White House, commenting, “it would be nice for the President to have his own house of worship…”
Cole immediately resigned from his post as Rep. Schock's advisor when the "inexcusable and offensive online comments" surfaced.
Schock's office did not respond to a request for a comment on whether they were aware of the film.