Howard Dean calls neo-Nazis burning swastikas ‘Trump base voters’

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean on Tuesday referred to a group of neo-Nazis rallying in Georgia over the weekend as “Trump base voters.”

Dean, a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE, retweeted a link to a Time Magazine article about the neo-Nazi rally with the comment: "Trump base voters."

Dean, who ran for president in 2004, has had harsh words for the Trump administration in the past, accusing the president of “running a criminal enterprise” out of the White House and referring to his Cabinet as “incompetent doofuses.”

It's not the first time Dean has made a fiery remark on Twitter.

In September 2016, he posted a message on Twitter that suggested then-candidate Trump's on-air sniffling was due to cocaine use.

Former Obama strategist David Axelrod was among the Democrats who criticized the remark. Dean later said it had been a mistake to use innuendo but made it clear he was not apologizing to Trump

The Time article was about a weekend rally in Newnan, Ga., involving about two dozen members of the National Socialist Movement.


Photos and video show the group raising Nazi salutes, chanting “Sig heil” and burning a large swastika in a field about 50 miles outside of Newnan, according to Time.

Hundreds of counter protesters also attended the event. At least 10 counterprotesters were arrested for wearing masks when police invoked a state law originally created to combat the Ku Klux Klan.