On Thursday, the United States State Department has suspended a foreign affairs official assigned to its energy bureau, said a department sources, a day after his connections to a white nationalist group were disclosed.
However, the State Department has refused to name the official. The Southern Poverty Law Center is basically a non-profit civil rights organization, which is popular for tracking the United States hate groups, identified him as Matthew Gebert.
In a report published on August 7, the SPLC said that Mr. Gebert has hosted white nationalists at his home and published white nationalist propaganda online under a pseudonym.
In May 2018, he said that whites “need a country of our own with nukes and we will take this thing lickety split,” according to SPLC.
The State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told reporters when asked whether Mr. Gebert had been placed on leave, “I am not able to confirm anything from this podium.”
A pair of shootings at the weekend in Ohio and Texas has renewed attention on extremism and white nationalism with the country.
The massacre took place in the City of El Paso, Texas is being probe as a hate crime and act of domestic terrorism, while the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the shooter in Dayton, Ohio are further explored violent ideologies.
On Wednesday, Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden has accused the United States President Donald Trump of fueling white supermacists beliefs, which have been blamed for various United States mass shootings.
President Donald Trump urged that he is not a racist and said that Amercians must “condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy” in a speech.