By Alyssa Fisher
August 29, 2018
The Department of Homeland Security has denounced “all forms of violent extremism” following the resignation of a department policy analyst who was connected to white nationalists, The Atlantic reported.
Leaked emails seen by The Atlantic show that analyst Ian Smith had been in contact and planned events with a group that included known white nationalists. One email thread sent to Smith included the address of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. Jared Taylor, the founder of the white nationalist publication American Renaissance, was also a recipient of an email sent to Smith.
The messages show how prominent white nationalists interact and stay in touch with each other, including gathering for what they called an “Alt-right Toastmasters” night.
When asked for comment, Smith said in an email: “I no longer work at DHS as of last week and didn’t attend any of the events you’ve mentioned.” Neither he nor DHS disputed that Smith is in fact included on the emails in question.
Others in the Trump administration have already been outed for their ties to white nationalism. White House speechwriter Darren Beattie left the administration after CNN reported earlier this month that he had attended a conference popular with white nationalists in 2016. And The Washington Post reported last week that Peter Brimelow, the publisher of the white nationalist website VDare, had attended a party at the house of top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow.