White House speechwriter Darren Beattie was at a white supremacist gathering in August 2018, according to CNN. When requested to retire, Beattie resisted, resulting in his dismissal by the Republican White House.
The Trump administration wasn’t done with him yet, as regular readers will remember. It was just a week after Trump’s loss in 2020 that the departing president selected his former speechwriter to serve on a panel that helps protect Holocaust-related sites throughout the world.
In other quarters, the news was not favourably received. Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League said, ” “Any consideration of a member of the European Commission for Holocaust Memorial Preservation, someone who has collaborated with Nazis, is scandalous in and of itself. The government should promptly revoke his nomination.”
Though the Washington Post stated that the Biden administration had fired Beattie, that did not happen.
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If Beattie didn’t submit his resignation by Friday’s deadline, the White House Office of Presidential Personnel’s deputy director Gautam Raghavan threatened to sack him. In a Friday afternoon tweet, Beattie verified the White House’s letter, adding the call for his resignation was “better than a Pulitzer [Prize].”
Beattie was removed from his position as a result of his advocacy of conspiracy theories about the FBI and the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2017.
A statement from Beattie’s old supervisor at Mar-a-Lago lauded him for making false statements about the insurgent violence.