The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee labeled two former White House aides and one current aide as “white nationalists” in a tweet Saturday.
There is no evidence that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, former national security aide Seb Gorka, or current senior policy adviser Stephen Miller want to establish a nation solely for white people, but the Democrats went ahead with the charge.
“Two white nationalists down. One to go. We can do this,” the DCCC tweeted along with a photo of the aides.
The tweet marks a continued increase of sharp rhetoric aimed at the Trump White House. Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters tweeted in August, “Trump has made it clear – w/Bannon & Gorka in the WH, & the Klan in the streets, it is now the White Supremacists’ House.”
The connections of these White House aides to white nationalism is loose.
Bannon continues to be tied to white nationlism due to him saying his news outlet Breitbart served as a “platform” for the alt right. (The term alt right is nebulous and doesn’t necessarily mean white nationalism.) In addition, the former senior White House aide labeled white nationalists a “collection of clowns” in a recent interview.
Meanwhile, Gorka, who departed the White House under unclear terms, has been attacked due to allegations that he belonged to a far right Hungarian party with ties to the Nazi Party. However, he has denied these charges and people who knew Gorka from his days in Hungary say it isn’t fair to characterize him as sympathetic to Nazis.
Most of the criticism of Miller stems from his goal of reducing immigration. This, however, doesn’t make one a white nationalist. In addition, prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer claimed to be a mentor of Miller during their time together at Duke University.
Although Spencer himself said, “[Miller] is a strong American nationalist, you could say. Certainly not a white nationalist, but he is an American nationalist and a civic nationalist or a public nationalist.”
Miller also told Mother Jones, “I have absolutely no relationship with Mr. Spencer. I completely repudiate his views, and his claims are 100 percent false.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.