Former Dem Presidential Candidate Delivers Harsh Assessment Of Trump Base

Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

Former Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean equated President Donald Trump’s voting base with neo-Nazis in a tweet on Monday morning.

Dean was responding to a news story that detailed a rally and counter-protests that took place on Saturday in Newnan, Georgia.

The tweet Dean quoted referenced TIME’s coverage of the event.

The “dozens” who reportedly showed up for the rally were vastly outnumbered by some 100 counter-protesters (some affiliated with antifa) and nearly 700 law enforcement officers dispatched to ensure that what happened in Charlottesville, Va., was not repeated.

Following the rally, the white supremacist group allegedly met up again in Draketown, some 50 miles away. There, they participated in the burning of a swastika that appeared to be some ten feet tall.

DRAKETOWN, GA - APRIL 21: Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US, hold a swastika burning after a rally on April 21, 2018 in Draketown, Georgia. Community members had opposed the rally in Newnan and came out to embrace racial unity in the small Georgia town. Fearing a repeat of the violence that broke out after Charlottesville, hundreds of police officers were stationed in the town during the rally in an attempt to keep the anti racist protesters and neo-Nazi groups separated. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

DRAKETOWN, GA – APRIL 21: Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US, hold a swastika burning after a rally on April 21, 2018 in Draketown, Georgia. Community members had opposed the rally in Newnan and came out to embrace racial unity in the small Georgia town. Fearing a repeat of the violence that broke out after Charlottesville, hundreds of police officers were stationed in the town during the rally in an attempt to keep the anti racist protesters and neo-Nazi groups separated. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Nearly a dozen arrests were made at the initial rally, but all of those arrested were associated with the counter-protest. Police cited some of them for refusing to remove their masks, a violation of a law that was initially enacted to attack the Ku Klux Klan.

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