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White House speechwriter fired over ties to white nationalists
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A speechwriter has lost his job at the White House amid reports that he was involved with white nationalists.
Darren Beattie admitted to CNN on Saturday that he gave a speech at a conference attended by white nationalists in 2016. Upon learning of his ties to the conference, the White House pressured him to step down, then fired him when he refused.
“No longer works at the White House”
Speaking for the White House, Hogan Gidley confirmed Beattie’s firing on Friday, saying: “Mr. Beattie no longer works at the White House.”
Gidley did not say when Beattie left his post, but his White House e-mail was down as of Saturday.
According to CNN, the White House asked the network to wait several days before publishing the story.
It is unclear what, if any, role President Donald Trump had in the dismissal.
“Honor of my life”
Beattie was fired after CNN asked the White House last week about his attendance at the H.L. Mencken Club Conference in 2016. The annual conference has historically been attended by white nationalists including Richard Spencer.
Beattie, who worked as a visiting professor in the political science department at Duke University before joining the White House staff, told CNN that he merely gave a “stand-alone talk” at the event, but that he meant what he said.
“In 2016, I attended the Mencken conference in question and delivered a stand-alone, academic talk titled ‘The Intelligentsia and the Right,'” Beattie said on Saturday. “I said nothing objectionable and stand by my remarks completely.
“It was the honor of my life to serve in the Trump Administration,” Beattie added. “I love President Trump, who is a fearless American hero, and continue to support him one hundred percent.”
A smart move
Leftists have frequently accused President Trump of racism and dog-whistling to the white nationalist movement. He was criticized in 2017 for saying that “both sides” were to blame at a deadly rally in Charlottesville, VA, where white nationalists clashed with communists.
The critics calling Trump a neo-Nazi are wrong, but it doesn’t help matters when somebody with connections to white nationalists is on the White House staff. It’s clear that the White House made the right move in letting Beattie go.
The Trump administration fights for all Americans, and with the firing of this speechwriter, the president has proven that once again.
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