In a Snapchat video obtained by Mediaite, Juan Pablo Andrade, a former Trump campaign adviser who now works for the pro-Trump dark money group America First Policies, expresses support for Nazis, saying his only criticism is that they didn’t do more.
“The only thing the Nazis didn’t get right is they didn’t keep fucking going!” Andrade says, in a video that was recorded during a Turning Point USA conference held last December in West Palm Beach, Florida, Mediaite reports. (You can see the clip for yourself here.)
According to Andrade’s LinkedIn page, he has worked as a “Policy Adviser” for America First Policies since March of 2017. During the campaign, he served as an adviser on Trump’s National Hispanic Adviser Council and National Diversity Coalition. Andrade describes himself as a “Conservative Millennial” and “Proud Latino.”
The Andrade video isn’t the first time America First Policies has recently generated headlines because of offensive comments made by a top official.
The group’s director of advocacy, Carl Higbie, was recently in the news following a CNN investigation into racist remarks he made on a radio show about how “the black race” has “a lax of morality,” and black women “think that breeding is a form of employment.” CNN’s investigation cost Higbie his job in the White House, but he was quickly hired by America First Policies.
Higbie’s racism hasn’t dissuaded Vice President Mike Pence from headlining about 20 events for the group. During one event earlier this month in Arizona, the vice president praised Republican U.S. Senate candidate and ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio as “a tireless champion of strong borders and the rule of law” — an ironic characterization given that Arpaio was convicted of contempt in court in a racial profiling case last year, before being pardoned by Trump.
Trump himself, of course, has a history of controversial comments about Nazis. Following a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia last summer in which counter-protester Heather Heyer was murdered by a neo-Nazi, Trump infamously said during a news conference that there “were very fine people on both sides,” and defended the gathering as a legitimate event about a “very important statue and the renaming of a park.”
Mediaite reports that the man whose Snapchat account uploaded the Andrade video — right-wing activist Cæsar Svbervi — participated in the rallies in Charlottesville.