President Donald Trump loves to call nonwhite immigrants and refugees “vermin” or “invaders” and to suggest they are the “worst people.” Yet he has no such strong words for the white nationalists and other racists prevalent throughout his administration.
As CNN reported on Sunday, a policy aide and speechwriter named Darren Beattie “has left the White House” after it was revealed he had spoken at the 2016 H.L. Mencken Club conference. Mencken represents an unfortunate chapter in American journalism: He was a prominent satirist, columnist and critic of the early 20th century whose book, “The American Language,” marked the first serious attempt to study English as spoken in the United States. Mencken’s posthumously published diaries, however, made clear that he was an ardent racist and anti-Semite, which has made him something of a hero to the far right.
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