Radical Trump aide who was fired for ties to white nationalists rehired to manage US Holocaust memorials

Radical Trump aide who was fired for ties to white nationalists rehired to manage US Holocaust memorials
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A former speechwriter for President Donald Trump who was fired after attending a white nationalist meeting has been rehired to manage the United States' memorials to commemorate the Holocaust genocide.

Although Trump is now in the lame duck period of his presidency, the White House released a statement on Wednesday, confirming several key positions the president is now filling. The statement confirmed Trump nominated Darren Beattie to become a Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad. The board, which was founded in 1985, has the responsibility of "seeking out, and overseeing, the preservation of overseas sites related to the Holocaust," according to Business Insider.

In 2018, Beatie was hired by the White House as a speech writer. However, his time at the White House was short-lived due to CNN's investigative findings that determined he was a keynote speaker at a white nationalist conference in 2016. According to the publication, CNN determined "Beattie spoke on a panel alongside Peter Brimelow, the founder of anti-immigration website Vdare, at a conferences hosted by the right-wing society the H.L. Mencken Club."

Similar to the reactions from Beattie's previous White House position, his latest nomination is also facing opposition. Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League released a statement in reference to Beattie's nomination as he argued that someone who was affiliated with racists should not be allowed to hold the type of position he is being given.

It is downright shocking that the White House has appointed Darren Beattie, who once attended an event with white supremacists and participated in a panel discussion with white nationalist Peter Brimelow, to serve as a member of a commission specifically created to help preserve the memory of Jewish victims of Nazi atrocities during the Holocaust.

Beattie spoke at a conference of the racist and extremist H.L. Mencken Club, where he participated in a discussion with Brimelow, the creator of the racist and anti-immigrant website VDare. As we have said before, there is no place in any presidential administration or government commission for an individual who would attend and participate in such well-known racist events.

He also urged the White House to reconsider its decision.

He added, "It is absolutely outrageous that someone who has consorted with racists would even be considered for a position on a commission devoted to preserving Holocaust memorials in Europe. We urge the administration to rescind his appointment immediately."


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