Trump Administration Fires White Nationalist Speechwriter. No, Not Stephen Miller.
Employees in Donald Trump's White House have the career mortality rate of Bubonic plague victims and are less attractive to future employers. Adding to the body count is Darren Beattie, one of Trump's speechwriters who was fired on Friday. It's a hard gig trying to make the thing currently squatting in the Oval Office sound like a functioning human being. Just take a quick look at Trump's E. coli-infected word salad when removed from a sanity-boosting Twitter format.
Disgraced and discredited Bob Mueller and his whole group of Angry Democrat Thugs spent over 30 hours with the White House Councel, only with my approval, for purposes of transparency. Anybody needing that much time when they know there is no Russian Collusion is just someone....
....looking for trouble. They are enjoying ruining people's lives and REFUSE to look at the real corruption on the Democrat side - the lies, the firings, the deleted Emails and soooo much more! Mueller's Angry Dems are looking to impact the election. They are a National Disgrace!
Where's the Collusion? They made up a phony crime called Collusion, and when there was no Collusion they say there was Obstruction (of a phony crime that never existed). If you FIGHT BACK or say anything bad about the Rigged Witch Hunt, they scream Obstruction!
Beattie probably did as good a job as he could making pretend presidential thoughts come out of Trump's mouth. The reason he was tossed out with the White House garbage was the recent discovery that he liked to pal around with racists. Beattie spoke at the 2016 H.L. Mencken Club conference and appeared on a panel with Peter Brimelow, a charming fellow who describes himself as a believer in "racial nationalism." He also founded the anti-immigrant website Vdare.com (screw you, I'm not linking to that crap), which publishes racist and anti-Semitic articles along with recipes for mildly spiced "jerk" chicken (I made up that last part).
Brimelow's racism and anti-Semitism are hardly "off-brand" for a conference named in honor of renowned racist and anti-Semite H.L. Mencken. It's difficult for Beattie to argue he only attended the white power rangers convention for the "articles" and not for the naked bigotry.
CNN's "K-File," an investigative unit, published a report on Sunday on Beattie and his appearance at the Mencken event, which has been attended in the past by white nationalist Richard Spencer. Spencer is a prominent figure in the "alt-right," a movement whose adherents are known for espousing racist, sexist and anti-Semitic points of view.
Once White House officials were informed about CNN'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.
Dude, if someone at the Trump White House is asking you to resign because they think you're racist, there's no doubt you're hella racist. Beattie worked with Trump's key adviser Stephen Miller, a practicing racist whose own family thinks he sucks. Maybe the problem was that Beattie wasn't racist enough, but Beattie misunderstood and started denying he was racist at all (sort of like that "Twilight Zone" episode with John Glover). There's just no room for that lack of racist conviction in an administration where Jeff Sessions is the attorney general.
Oh well, I suppose you've gotta publicly fire at least one of the racists working in the White House or you might lose the trust of the American minority community (fact check: never actually had it). Beattie, one of the few "academics" willing to associate himself with Trump, has a doctorate from Duke and, based on his post-termination statement, no trace of dignity.
"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," Beattie said in the 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."
Really? He "loves" Trump? Was this statement signed with a little "XOXO"? Has Melanie Trump ever made such a glowing expression of devotion for the guy she sees every once in a while? She didn't even acknowledge his birthday this year on social media.
Beattie claims he was drawn to Trump because of his stance on immigration (read: racism) and his ability to take on "institutionalized political correctness" (yet more racism). Beattie doesn't consider himself a conservative nor does he even believe in political parties. This all makes sense if you appreciate how much of Trump's appeal is rooted in white nationalism and resentment of minorities.
Beattie, with his fancy doctorate, is no different in this regard than the rural Trump voter with a MAGA sticker on the back of his pickup.
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He's on the board of the Portland Playhouse theater and writes for the immersive theater Cafe Nordo in Seattle. Tickets are on sale now for his latest Nordo collaboration, "Curiouser and Curiouser," an adaptation of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass." It promises to feel like an actual evening with SER (for good or for ill).