The Republican National Committee has fired Paris Dennard as its national spokesman, according to two people familiar with the move. Dennard had been serving as a national spokesman and director of Black media affairs for the committee. He started working for the RNC in March 2020.
“Paris Dennard no longer works for the RNC. We don’t comment on personnel matters,” RNC chief of staff Mike Reed said in a statement.
Dennard, a veteran of the George W. Bush White House, was a high-profile on-air surrogate for former President Donald Trump. Dennard served on Trump’s commission on White House Fellowships, and during the 2020 campaign he was on the advisory board of Black Voices for Trump.
From a 2018 Washington Post report:
A conservative commentator who was lauded by President Trump this week as “wonderful” and who has argued that past sexual indiscretions should have no bearing on Trump’s presidency was fired from Arizona State University four years ago for making sexually explicit comments and gestures toward women.
An internal investigation by the university concluded that Paris Dennard, a surrogate during the campaign and now a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, told a recent college graduate who worked for him that he wanted to have sex with her.
He “pretended to unzip his pants in her presence, tried to get her to sit on his lap, and made masturbatory gestures,” according to a university report.
The above incident notwithstanding, which Dennard has said was a joke, I got a blaring four-alarm gaydar alert every time they trotted him out to defend Trump’s latest bit of assholery.
The RNC has fired its national spokesman Paris Dennard.
Dennard was a high-profile on-air surrogate for Donald Trump who was on the advisory board for a group that sought to expand the former president’s share of the Black vote during the 2020 campaign.https://t.co/EcSebehjgk
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