A policy advisor for the Trump-linked group America First Policies was recently discovered making pro-Nazis comments in a video recording during a Turning Point USA conference last year.
America First Policies was in the news earlier this year when former Trump administration official Carl Higbie was hired by the nonprofit after leaving his White House post due to racist, sexist, and generally bigoted view uncovered on his radio show.
Such views appear to be a running theme within the organization.
Juan Pablo Andrade was caught on video saying, “The only thing the Nazis didn’t get right is they didn’t keep fucking going!”
Juan Pablo Andrade voiced his love for the Third Reich — in a video obtained by Mediaite — while attending a Turning Point USA conference, which is a youth conservative organization, endorsed by everyone from Trump to Senator Marco Rubio, known as much for racism as it is for diaper-wearing.
The organization — founded by Charlie Kirk and in the news recently because one of its members received Twitter shoutouts from Kanye West and Trump – held its 2017 annual activism summit in West Palm Beach, Florida, a stone’s throw from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. It was attended by more than a thousand young conservatives, and featured speeches from first-son Donald Trump Jr., Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Fox News personality Tomi Lahren, right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro, ex-White House official Seb Gorka, and a slew of other personalities inhabiting the MAGA-sphere.
Who is Juan Pablo Andrade?
Per his LinkedIn account, he worked on Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council, Trump’s National Diversity Coalition and the Trump campaign as a surrogate. He writes for The Hill as an opinion contributor and has shared his political opinions on NewsmaxTV, CNN Latino, and Univision. Additionally, he worked for TPUSA as the group’s Florida field director in 2015 and led the group’s informal Latino caucus in 2016, according to sources with direct knowledge of his involvement in the nonprofit.
He was even featured on the 2017 30 under 30s of Newsmax and Red Alert Politics, which are power lists compiling prominent young conservatives in America. Andrade made RAP‘s list in November 2017 — one month before he was recorded praising Nazis.
Following Mediaite’s report, The Hill provided a statement saying, “As soon as The Hill was made aware of this video and the comments made by Mr. Andrade, we are no longer publishing his opinion pieces and are removing his work from our site.”
Currently, Andrade is an advisor for America First Policies, which is a Trump-friendly, dark money group that conducts polls and surveys.
CNBC recently reported on controversy surrounding possible coordination between the group, the White House and the Republican National Committee. America First Policies holds a tax-exempt status and is not required to report donors, but appears to be doing the same polling work that is typically conducted by a candidate’s campaign and the RNC.