Exclusive: Trump Interior Hire Cited White Supremacist, Called Black Lives Matter ‘Racist'
A new senior Home Office official is a prolific policy writer who has labeled the Black Lives Matter movement "racist," defends accused killer Kyle Rittenhouse, dismissed white liberals as a "cult of ethnic sadonarcism," and uncritically quoted a white supremacist in a supremacist 2018 Fox News op-ed.
HuffPost has learned that the Trump administration has recruited Jeremy Carl, a 47-year-old former senior fellow at the right-wing Claremont Institute in California, as deputy assistant secretary of the interior for fish, wildlife and parks. In this role, Carl will lead political decisions in both the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.
Carl was reached by phone on Friday confirming his new post but said he was not "authorized" to speak about it. HuffPost independently verified that it had received a government email address. The agency did not respond to multiple requests for comments on his job status.
"First of all, everything I tell you is confidential," said Carl. (HuffPost has never agreed to keep it confidential.) When asked about his qualifications and previous writing subjects, Carl said, "I think you're confusing some popular fonts I've made with my actual professional work, which is almost - me I don't want to say exclusively, but mostly - in the energy and environmental sectors for almost two decades. "
A graduate of Yale University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Carl worked for 10 years as a fellow at the Hoover Institute, a conservative think tank at Stanford University, where he focused on energy and environmental policy. More recently, he was a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, another conservative think tank.
Carl has written extensively on energy policy, immigration, and nationalism. He has also voiced great views on the nationwide protests against police violence and institutional racism, trying to see the Black Lives Matter movement and protesters as real racists.
The Trump administration has hired Jeremy Carl, a senior fellow at the right-wing Claremont Institute in California, for an alternate position at the Department of the Interior. (Photo: The Claremont Institute)
In June, as anti-racism and police brutality demonstrations swept the nation following the May 25 assassination of George Floyd, a black man, by a Minneapolis officer, Carl posted a statement on the conservative American Greatness website, arguing peaceful protesters are "more destructive" than the looters and rioters. "
"The non-violent demonstrators are far more damaging to the long-term fabric of our civil society than the rioters," he argued. "Although many of the demonstrators have very sincere intentions, they are dangerous because their protests - often with the ritual humiliation of their opponents - are essentially based on lies and slander about whites, the police and America."
"Equally important," he added, "the protesters bullied a who's who of American companies in support of their movement ..."
In July Carl wrote a play in which he dismissed Black Lives Matter as a "racist" movement.
"Marxism does not define the Black Lives Matter movement - anti-white racism," he wrote. "Black Lives Matter seeks to create the false impression of a racist police war against African Americans and to expand that analysis to racially defame white people and assign them collective guilt that they do not deserve."
A protester in Washington this summer. (Photo: Probal Rashid via Getty Images)
Ryan Schleeter, a spokesman for environmental group Greenpeace, told HuffPost that while he has never heard of Carl, his writings suggest he will fit into a Home Office where other senior officials have racist comments and who is promoting an industry-friendly energy policy that has a disproportionate effect on color communities.
"It seems like everything he wrote goes straight to the Trump administration's environmental playbook," he said. Carl "fuels white working class fear by viewing immigrants as a threat, undermining climate science to undermine regulations, and paving the way for corporate takeover of natural resources."
William Perry Pendley, the senior official in the Interior's Bureau of Land Management, has compared immigrants to a "cancer" arguing that the Black Lives Matter movement is built on a "terrible lie - a lie committed by the mainstream media have encouraged these cowardly politicians to say "all life is important" for fear. "A former Home Office spokeswoman Faith Vander Voort spoke about Islamophobia on a 2017 podcast, advocating greater surveillance of Muslim communities, and arguing that attacks by radical self-proclaimed Muslim groups pose a far greater threat to society than that Climate change.
Under President Donald Trump, Schleeter said, the department further removed the US from justice for communities suffering from the effects of fossil fuels and industrial pollution.
In a 2018 issue of Fox News titled, “Will Starbucks Become America's Largest Homeless Shelters?” Carl suggested the Seattle-based coffee merchant for its new policy of non-paying diners being in stores and using toilets came after the chain after an incident in which two black men were arrested after asking to use the restroom in a Philadelphia store on charges of discrimination.
With its new policy, Starbucks decided to bow to political correctness, argued Carl.
Carl also beat up Starbucks for hiring former Attorney General Eric Holder as a diversity advisor. Carl argued that Holder "has a long history of racial discrimination allegations". Carl linked up with a 2015 opinion piece in the American Renaissance in which white supremacist Jared Taylor described Holder as "a devious, power-hungry, racist zealot".
Media Matters for America first revealed Carl's quote from Taylor's play. The Southern Poverty Law Center has called the American renaissance "one of the most hideous white nationalist publications", often promoting eugenics and overt anti-black and anti-Latino racists.
Carl then told Media Matters, "Obviously, I wouldn't have purposely quoted American Renaissance in any article I've written. I wrote this article on a very quick date that same day at Fox News' request and just missed the procurement."
The quote was removed after Media Matters contacted Fox News.
The American writer and white supremacist Jared Taylor, author of the book "White Identity", speaks during the International Russian Conservative Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2015. (Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Carl has also hailed far-right media activist and troll Andy Ngo as an "outstanding reporter". That assessment came in 2019 in a screed about self-hatred among white liberals.
"Let's call it ethnic sadonarcissism, a display of self-love that perversely manifests itself as a desire to vilify and punish the broader ethnic group to which one belongs," he wrote.
"If self-hatred is the explanation, it would explain why so many white liberals celebrate the prospect that their ethnic group will no longer be the majority by mid-century."
Ngo is a far-right grifter who gained notoriety and fame in conservative circles after being hit with a milkshake at a protest in Portland, Oregon. Ngo's work, often featured in far-right publications, is regularly skewed to prop up extremist movements and has been exposed repeatedly.
In Twitter posts, Carl has mocked the #MeToo movement, reinforced Pizzagate conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich and defended Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who was charged with murder in August and shot two men during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A controversial police shooting at a black man in town sparked the demonstrations; Rittenhouse traveled there as a counter-protester from a nearby community.
Carl made his Twitter account private. However, HuffPost was able to access its archived tweets, including a 2018 example defending Trump's attempt to exclude transgender people from civil rights protection.
“In other words, the Trump administrator. Insists on using actual science, while the "Science Party" insists on defining men and women (and vice versa) while people (including children) suffering from a psychiatric disorder do surgically in the name of "compassion." be mutilated, ”wrote Carl.
Carl told HuffPost that there was nothing "scandalous" about his tweets.
"I shouldn't be doing political things now, so I'm not on Twitter," he said. "It's not going to be deleted, it's just private, you know. There's nothing scandalous there, but I should be doing my job so that's what I'm focusing on."
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