White House speechwriter fired for attending white supremacist conference appointed to committee to protect Holocaust sites


A former speechwriter who was fired from the White House in 2018 for attending a conference with white supremacists has been placed on a committee meant to preserve Holocaust-related sites across Europe.

Darren Beattie has been appointed to the Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad, according to a White House press release.

In addition to attending the white supremacist conference, Mr. Beattie claimed that George Soros was behind the attempts to impeach Donald Trump. Mr. Soros, who is Jewish, frequently appears as a main antagonist in right-wing conspiracy theories, which often include anti-Semitic ideas.

He also called systemic racism “the greatest racial hoax of all time.”

After being sacked from the White House, Mr. Beattie was hired by Trump’s representative Matt Gaetz to work on his team.

Logan Boroff, communications director for progressive Jewish lobby group J Street, said the appointment was “appalling.”

“It is appalling that someone who was considered too close to xenophobic white nationalists to continue working in Trump’s White House is now appointed to a US government agency focused largely on preserving sites dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, ”he told Yahoo. New.

Mr Boroff said it should be “obvious” that anyone “hate trafficking immigrants and refugees is the last person on Earth to be charged with honoring the victims of the Nazis.”

On Wednesday, the Anti-Defamation League called on the White House to quash Mr. Beatties’ appointment.

“It is absolutely scandalous that someone who has socialized with racists is even considered for a post on a commission dedicated to the preservation of Holocaust memorials in Europe. We urge the administration to immediately revoke his appointment.” , said Jonathan A Greenblatt, CEO of ADL. , said in a statement.

Mr Beattie spoke at a 2016 HL Mencken club conference.

Mencken was a 20th century journalist and satirist whose racist views were published after his death.

The conference is regularly attended by well-known white supremacists like Richard Spencer and contributors to the white supremacist writing repository called VDare.

Mr Beattie defended his participation and insisted his speech was not objectionable.

“In 2016, I attended the Mencken conference in question and gave an independent academic speech titled ‘The Intelligentsia and the Right’. I did not say anything objectionable and I stand by my words completely, “he told CNN.” It has been the honor of my life to serve in the Trump administration. I love President Trump, who is a fearless American hero, and I continue to support him one hundred percent. I have no further comment. “

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