A top White House appointee at the Department of Veterans Affairs sought to silence the agency’s chief diversity officer, who — in the aftermath of last year’s racially charged violence in Charlottesville — pushed for a forceful condemnation that was at odds with President Trump’s response, newly disclosed emails show.
The tense exchange between Georgia Coffey, a nationally recognized expert in workplace diversity and race relations, and John Ullyot, who remains VA’s chief communications official, occurred during a low point in Trump’s presidency: when he blamed “many sides” for the deadly clash in Charlottesville without singling out the white nationalists and neo-Nazis who rallied there.
Ullyot told Coffey to stand down, the emails show. A person familiar with their dispute, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Post that Ullyot was enforcing a directive from the White House, where officials were scrambling to contain the fallout from Trump’s comments, and they did not want government officials to call further attention to the controversy.
Let’s not bicker and argue about who ignored who killed and grievously injured who. Let’s sweep these controversial bloodstains under the rug. After all, if you don’t count the current head of the VA boosting treason in defense of slavery; the deputy director of the VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization keeping a framed portrait of Nathan Bedford Forrest in his office and someone naming a conference room in the VA’s headquarters after Stonewall Jackson, there’s hardly any white supremacy in the VA at all.