Former WKU student gains national attention for remarks

Nate Washington, a former political science major and president of the WKU chapter of College Republicans, argues with KeKe White, 18 during an anti-Trump protest on Nov. 9, 2016, outside of Pearce-Ford Tower. A recording of Washington using derogatory terms while serving as intern to U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., was posted in an article by Mediaite. Kelsea Hobbs/HERALD

Rebekah Alvey

A recording of a former WKU student was released in an article by Mediaite in June which included derogatory terms.

Nate Washington, the former president of WKU College Republicans, was an intern for Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton from January up to last week. In the Mediaite article, Washington called Speaker Paul Ryan a “cuck” and the British “fa****s.”

The recording also brought up current immigration policy which Washington admitted to being a “bigot” towards Muslims. In a previous Talisman article, Washington expressed his support for a vetting policy for refugees.

Washington said the Mediaite article is an example of “fake news” and the recording was done without his or his roommate’s knowledge. The recording also happened at an intern social where Washington said he had been drinking and the comments were made while he was intoxicated.

Caleb Ecarma, the writer of the Mediate article, was contacted but did not respond in time for publication. 

Washington said he was not fired from his internship, despite what several articles have said. He said he was offered an internship with the Daily Caller News Foundation in the fundraising department.

Washington would have been a senior this year at WKU. However, he decided to transfer to George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and plans to graduate in 2019.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Reporter Rebekah Alvey can be reached at 270-745-6011 and [email protected].