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ADL Statement on Former White House Speechwriter Darren Beattie

New York, NY, August 20, 2018 ... Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Vice President for Communications and Digital, Betsaida Alcantara released the following statement today concerning recently departed White House speechwriter Darren Beattie:

We are glad that Darren Beattie, who spoke at a recent conference of the racist, far-right H. L. Mencken Club and participated in a panel discussion with white nationalist Peter Brimelow, creator of the racist website V-Dare, is no longer employed at the White House.

Since it is not abundantly clear, we would like a better explanation from the administration as to the decisions behind his hiring and firing, their knowledge of any of his past dealings with white supremacists or other far-right figures, and whether any other White House staff members have similar connections. There is no place in any presidential administration for someone who would attend and participate in such a well-known racist event as an H. L. Mencken Club conference.

Our researchers have been following this organization since its founding in 2008 by Paul Gottfried, a far-right academic and mentor to notorious white supremacist Richard Spencer. Its chief activity has been the holding of annual conferences typically attended by a mix of paleoconservative writers and white supremacists who view themselves as the intellectual vanguard of the far-right.

Richard Spencer has frequently acted as the master of ceremonies at these events, whose attendees have included a number of prominent racists and controversial figures, including Brimelow, John Derbyshire, Robert Weissberg, F. Roger Devlin, Kevin DeAnna, Charles Murray and many others.

 

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ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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