Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) on Tuesday referred to a group of neo-Nazis rallying in Georgia over the weekend as “Trump base voters.”
Dean, a 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and former head of the DNC, retweeted a link to a Time Magazine article about the neo-Nazi rally with the comment: “Trump base voters.”
Trump base voters. https://t.co/MIuradRgLw
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) April 23, 2018
Over the weekend, members of the National Socialist Movement rallied in Newnan, about halfway between Atlanta and Talladega, Ala., according to TIME.
Hundreds of counter-protesters also attended the afternoon event. At least 10 counterprotesters were arrested for wearing masks when heavily armed police invoked a state law originally created to combat the Ku Klux Klan.
— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) April 22, 2018
Photos and video from the nighttime rally show a group raising Nazi salutes, chanting “Sig heil” and burning a large swastika in a field about 50 miles outside of Newnan, according to Time.
This happened yesterday in the United States of America. https://t.co/eOKxPi5aHf
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) April 23, 2018
On Tuesday, Dean said he was not trying to compare all Trump supporters to white supremacists.
“I don’t think most Trump supporters are neo Nazis. It is clear, however, that neo Nazis (sic) are part of Trumps (sic) voter base and supporters,” Dean said.
My comment did not compare Trumps voter base with neo Nazis and I don't think most Trump supporters are neo Nazis. It is clear, however, that neo Nazis are part of Trumps voter base and supporters. https://t.co/a6mFYHGP1W
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) April 24, 2018