White House Admits Leader Of White Supremacy Group Is Trump Admin Employee, But Won’t Fire Him
A newly released report by the Southern Poverty Law Center revealed this week that a Trump administration employee is the leader of a white supremacy group in Washington, DC. The White House has confirmed the report, but said the allegations would not affect his status as an employee.
“This individual is employed by the Department of State as a foreign affairs officer assigned to the Bureau of Energy Resources in Washington, DC,” a State Department spokesperson told Business Insider.
The official, identified as Matthew Gebert, “hosted white nationalists at his home and published white nationalist propaganda online,” the report said.
A State Department spokesperson on Wednesday told INSIDER that Gebert is a foreign-affairs officer assigned to the Bureau of Energy Resources in Washington, DC.
When asked whether the allegations in the SPLC report would affect Gebert’s employment status, the department spokesperson said, the allegations should not affect his status because “the Department of State is committed to providing an inclusive workplace.”
Gebert joined the department in 2013, according to the SPLC report. He operated online under the pseudonym “Coach Finstock.”
“Through that alias, he expressed a desire to build a country for whites only,” the report said.
The report said that under his pseudonym, Gebert helped lead a chapter of an organization led by one of the men who coordinated the deadly white-nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.
The chapter, referred to in the report as “DC Helicopter Pilots,” is part of the white supremacist Michael “Enoch” Peinovich’s organization, The Right Stuff network.
Gebert, in a neo-Nazi podcast, talked about personally attending the Charlottesville march, where he wore a hat and sunglasses to avoid being identified, the SPLC report said.
Now he has been exposed. The Trump administration, however, is not firing him.