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The White House has reportedly fired speechwriter Darren Beattie, a man who spoke alongside white nationalists at a conference for racists. According to the Washington Post, the administration reportedly pressured Beattie to resign after CNN investigated Beattieā€™s involvement at the 2016 H.L. Mencken Club Conference. When he refused, he was reportedly fired:

ā€œOnce White House officials were informed about CNNā€™s pending report, Beattie reportedly was confronted and urged to step down immediately. But he apparently refused to resign, arguing that he was not racist and that he had made uncontroversial academic points at the Mencken gathering. When it became clear that Beattie would not resign, the people familiar with the matter said, the White House terminated him.ā€

According to CNN, the White House ā€œasked CNN to hold off on the story for several days last weekā€ and ā€œdeclined to say when Beattie left the White House.ā€

The conference, named after writer H.L. Mencken, a racist and anti-semite, has attracted white nationalists like Richard Spencer and is generally a very cozy spot to be racist in public. In 2016, Beattie, a Trump-loving visiting instructor at Duke University, spoke on a panel with white nationalist Peter Brimelow, who according to the Southern Poverty Law Center ā€œregularly publishes works by white supremacists, anti-Semites, and others on the radical rightā€ on his anti-immigrant website.

ā€œIn 2016 I attended the Mencken conference in question and delivered a stand-alone, academic talk titled ā€˜The Intelligentsia and the Right.ā€™ I said nothing objectionable and stand by my remarks completely,ā€ he told CNNā€™s KFile via email. ā€œIt was the honor of my life to serve in the Trump Administration. I love President Trump, who is a fearless American hero, and continue to support him one hundred percent. I have no further comment.ā€


ā€œMr. Beattie no longer works at the White House,ā€ White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN. ā€œWe donā€™t comment on personnel matters.ā€

The White House, which is very chill about keeping close company with white nationalists and implementing their preferred policies, apparently didnā€™t like the optics on this one. Plenty of other racists continue to work at the White House.