Outrageous Howard Dean Faces Backlash Over Tweet on Neo-Nazis & Trump Voters
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) faced backlash after seeming to compare Trump supporters to neo-Nazis.
Dean, a 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and former head of the DNC, tweeted about a Georgia neo-Nazi rally that included large, burning swastikas.
Over the weekend, members of the National Socialist Movement rallied in Newnan, about halfway between Atlanta and Talladega, Ala., according to TIME.
Dean tweeted "Trump base voters" in reference to the rally.
Trump base voters. https://t.co/MIuradRgLw
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) April 23, 2018
This happened yesterday in the United States of America. https://t.co/eOKxPi5aHf
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) April 23, 2018
On Tuesday, Dean said he was not trying to compare all Trump supporters to white supremacists.
"I don't think most Trump supporters are neo Nazis. It is clear, however, that neo Nazis (sic) are part of Trumps (sic) voter base and supporters," Dean said.
My comment did not compare Trumps voter base with neo Nazis and I don't think most Trump supporters are neo Nazis. It is clear, however, that neo Nazis are part of Trumps voter base and supporters. https://t.co/a6mFYHGP1W
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) April 24, 2018
Trump received backlash last summer after saying there were "very fine people" on both sides after white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters over the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va.
Dean previously made headlines after he declared Trump was likely using illicit drugs during a 2016 debate where the New Yorker kept sniffling.
Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) September 27, 2016