A Donald Trump speechwriter has been fired following the discovery that he appeared at a conference frequently attended by white nationalists.
The White House confirmed that Darren Beattie’s contract had been terminated after he was found to have spoken at the 2016 H.L. Mencken Club conference alongside anti-immigration activist Peter Brimelow.
“Mr. Beattie no longer works at the White House,” spokesman Hogan Gidley told The Washington Post. “We don’t comment on personnel matters.”
The H.L Mencken Club describes itself as an “organization for independent-minded intellectuals and academics of the Right.”
It started in 2008 and was named after the American journalist who once described Jews as “plausibly…the most unpleasant race ever heard of,” and an educated black person as being a “low-caste man” who will “remain inert and inefficient until fifty generations of him have lived in civilization. And even then, the superior white race will be fifty generations ahead of him.”
Previous speakers at the conference include alt-right figurehead Richard Spencer and writer John Derbyshire, who was fired from the National Review after he wrote an article for Taki’s Magazine in 2012 suggesting parents should warn their children about black people.
The article included tips such as “if planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks,” and “avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally.”
As reported by CNN, another speaker at the 2016 conference was Robert Weissberg, who was fired from the National Review in 2012 for penning an article that suggested “viable alternatives” to white nationalism.
At the 2016 conference, Beattie gave a speech called “The Intelligentsia and the Right.” He appeared alongside Brimelow, author of the 1995 book Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster.
Brimelow, who was born in England before moving to the United States, founded the anti-immigrant website Vdare.com. According to The Southern Poverty Law Center, Vdare is an “immigrant-bashing hate site that regularly publishes works by white supremacists, anti-Semites, and others on the radical right.”
Beattie confirmed his dismissal when approached by The Washington Post. “In 2016 I attended the Mencken conference in question and delivered a stand-alone, academic talk titled ‘The Intelligentsia and the Right.’ I said nothing objectionable and stand by my remarks completely,” he said in a statement.
“It 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.”
Beattie, who worked as a professor of political science at Duke University, openly supported Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign. Speaking to the Chronicle, a Duke newspaper, Beattie said that Trump’s hard-line immigration policies were the main reason he backed him.
His Ph.D. thesis was based on the teachings of Martin Heidegger, the German philosopher who was also a member of the Nazi party, reported Forward.