Joe Ricketts expresses ‘deep regret’ for racist, anti-Muslim emails

Omaha, Neb. (Omaha World-Herald) A series of emails obtained and published online Monday appears to show Joe Ricketts, founder of T-D Ameritrade, sharing and endorsing racist jokes and conspiracy theories.

77-year-old Ricketts issued a statement apologizing for the emails after they were posted. Joe Ricketts, who has long been active in politics, is the father of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.

The emails,posted on the website Splinter News, include racist and anti-Muslim sentiments. Others claim former President Barack Obama is a Muslim.

The email exchanges were from 2009 through 2013.

Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha read a news account of the controversy on the floor of the Nebraska Legislature on Tuesday morning.

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