Former Clinton Spokesman Compares Ed Gillespie to Neo-Nazis

Hillary Clinton looks at a smart phone with national press secretary Brian Fallon / Getty Images

Hillary Clinton and her 2016 campaign's national press secretary, Brian Fallon / Getty Images

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In a Friday tweet, CNN contributor and former Hillary Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon compared Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie to white supremacists.

Fallon tweeted out an image from August of white supremacists protesting the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville with the caption "live look at Ed Gillespie campaign strategy meeting."

Fallon's tweet was likely a criticism of Gillespie's stance on any remaining Confederate statues. The former RNC chairman believes that the decision should be up to localities rather than the governor, but says he personally would prefer the statues stay up.

But Gillespie actually denounced white supremacists in no uncertain terms after the protests, in which one of the neo-Nazis drove his car into counter-protesters, killing one.

"We will continue to love one another and serve one another and we reject the people who came in, largely from outside our Commonwealth, and brought their hate, their white supremacism, their neo-Nazism with them," he told a reporter.

"They need to go home and they need to take that vile hatred with them. It does not belong here in the Commonwealth of Virginia and I know my fellow Virginians and we will emerge from this stronger."

Alex Griswold

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Alex is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was a writer for Mediaite and The Daily Caller. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, but regrettably now lives in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at griswold@freebeacon.com

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