Darren Beattie, a policy aide and speechwriter in Donald Trump’s White House, has exited his position. Beattie departed Trump’s administration after it was revealed they attended the 2016 H.L. Mencken Club Conference, an event regularly attended by white nationalists.
The Mencken Club started holding its small annual conference in 2008 and it quickly became a regularly attended ceremony for well-known white nationalists including Richard Spencer.
In 2016, CNN notes that the listed panel of speakers included “white nationalist Peter Brimelow and two writers, John Derbyshire and Robert Weissberg, who were both fired in 2012 from the conservative magazine National Review for espousing racist views.”
After asking CNN to hold off on publishing the story for “several days” the Trump administration parted ways with Beattie.
Beattie maintains that nothing he said during the 2016 conference would be considered objectionable in nature. The former White House speechwriter said they visited to deliver a “stand-alone, academic talk titled ‘The Intelligentsia and the Right.’ I said nothing objectionable and stand by my remarks completely.”
The former speechwriter for Donald Trump ended by throwing his full support behind the current Administration. “I love President Trump, who is a fearless American hero, and continue to support him one hundred percent. I have no further comment.”
Beattie, a visiting professor at Duke, wrote an editorial in the school’s student newspaper, supporting Donald Trump’s travel ban and the President’s often racist views on immigration. He also claimed that Trump would “change his tone,” after being elected and that most of the President’s significant proposals “will become law.”
With one more potential supporter of white nationalists out of the White House, Donald Trump might be feeling increasingly lonely with his alt-right views these days.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.