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June 24, 2016 0

Extremist Candidates* Exploit Election Season to Spread Hate

A bill­board in Ten­nessee has got­ten a lot of atten­tion due to its con­tro­ver­sial slo­gan, “Make Amer­ica White Again.” The bill­board belongs to Rick Tyler, an inde­pen­dent can­di­date run­ning for a seat in Tennessee’s 3rd Con­gres­sional Dis­trict. Tyler, who has ties to both anti-government extrem­ism and white supremacy, is one of a num­ber of extrem­ists in recent years who has had no chance of win­ning but has used a polit­i­cal cam­paign to pro­mote racist and anti-Semitic views.

Tyler has run for office a num­ber of times—for Con­gres­sional seats in South Car­olina in 1983 and in Geor­gia in 1996, and for a U.S. Sen­ate seat in Florida in 2010. On his cur­rent cam­paign web­site, he openly pro­motes white supremacy:

What lib­er­al­ized, effem­i­nized utopi­anists sim­ply can­not com­pre­hend is the prob­lem pre­sented by the harsh real­ity of abject refusal on the part of non-whites to con­form to his­tor­i­cal under­stand­ing that casts them in the light of sub­servience and inequal­ity. In the real world, some­one inevitably emerges as a dom­i­nant force…and much to the cha­grin and dis­plea­sure of non-whites, it has always tended to be the Cau­casians who rise to the most influ­en­tial and pow­er­ful position.

On the web­site, he posted a poem called “The Sad­dest Story Ever Told,” about “when a white girl mar­ries a negro,” and com­mits “racial sui­cide.” He also asserts that the “brown­ing of Amer­ica has been under­way for half a cen­tury and we are now over­whelmed with alien hordes who share lit­tle in com­mon with the orig­i­nal Euro­pean stock who carved this once great nation from the rugged wilderness.”

Rick Tyler

Rick Tyler

His cam­paign web­site includes anti-Semitic state­ments as well as racist ones. In 2010, Tyler posted a let­ter on his sen­ate cam­paign web­site in which he argued that Jews were a prod­uct of Satan, writ­ing, “It is quite log­i­cal that Satan would have a coun­ter­feit ‘cho­sen peo­ple.’” He repeated this asser­tion on his cur­rent cam­paign site, mak­ing ref­er­ence to “a coun­ter­feit cho­sen people…who are in truth the syn­a­gogue of Satan.” These state­ments are in line with Chris­t­ian Iden­tity beliefs, which assert that Jews are Satanic in nature.

Tyler is not the only extrem­ist can­di­date to run for office this year. Jim Con­dit, Jr., a vir­u­lent anti-Semite, ran in a June 7th spe­cial elec­tion for the Con­gres­sional seat in Ohio vacated by John Boehner. Con­dit may also run for the U.S. Con­gress in Ohio in November.

Con­dit ran at least one anti-Semitic ad on a main­stream radio sta­tion in Feb­ru­ary, which adver­tised his radio show. The ad focused on Jews, say­ing, “Who’s behind the all-out war to make white peo­ple a minor­ity in the U.S.A and Europe? You won’t be able to believe in the 6 mil­lion fig­ure used for the World War II Holo­caust anymore.”

On his cam­paign web­site, Con­dit pro­motes anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries, assert­ing that “Tal­mu­dic Jews run the Inter­na­tional banks.” He alleges that “inter­na­tional Jew­ish Banksters basi­cally hired Hitler and the Nazis to first incen­tivize Jews to go from Europe to Pales­tine, and then later to round up pri­mar­ily Jews and put them in con­cen­tra­tion camps with a goal of get­ting as many Jews as pos­si­ble to Pales­tine for the Rothschild-Bankster directed takeover of Pales­tine by ‘Israel’.”

Jim Condit, Jr.

Jim Con­dit, Jr.

Condit’s real pur­pose is likely to to run these ads to pro­mote anti-Semitism and he has done so repeat­edly. In the year after the Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001 attacks, Con­dit ran 13 dif­fer­ent radio ads, many of them blam­ing Jews for the attacks, when run­ning for the U.S. Con­gress in Ohio. He was able run the ads by argu­ing that fed­eral law guar­an­teed fed­eral can­di­dates the right to run any ads they wanted on FCC-licensed tele­vi­sion or radio stations.

Other can­di­dates have also exploited elec­tions to show­case their big­oted views. In Sep­tem­ber 2014, neo-Nazi Robert Rans­dell pro­moted his write-in cam­paign for U.S. Sen­ate in Ken­tucky with the slo­gan, “With Jews We Lose.” He report­edly had plans to pur­chase air time on a main­stream radio sta­tion in Cincin­nati for seven hour-long radio programs/political ads to pub­li­cize his views. Accord­ing to a white suprema­cist source, the sta­tion refused to run the ads.

Fra­zier Glenn Miller, a white suprema­cist who received a death sen­tence for killing three peo­ple at Jew­ish sites in Over­land Park, Kansas, in April 2014, also ran for office a num­ber of times. In 2010, he was a write-in can­di­date for U.S. Sen­a­tor in Missouri.

After fil­ing his can­di­dacy, Miller bought air time on a Kansas City radio sta­tion and ran adver­tise­ments attack­ing Jews and minori­ties, while call­ing on white peo­ple to “take their coun­try back.”  He later expanded this cam­paign to other sta­tions across Mis­souri.  How­ever, Mis­souri broad­cast­ers protested this tac­tic and reached out to the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion with their con­cerns.  In June 2010, the FCC ruled that Miller was not a “bona fide” can­di­date and thus not enti­tled to manda­tory access.  This rul­ing allowed radio sta­tions to reject Miller’s racist and anti-Semitic ads, thus ruin­ing Miller’s attempt to spread white suprema­cist pro­pa­ganda on the airwaves.

 

* As a 501(c )(3) non-profit orga­ni­za­tion, the Anti-Defamation League does not sup­port or oppose can­di­dates for polit­i­cal office.

 

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June 16, 2016 1

Bigots Express Hateful Rhetoric After Orlando Attack

In the wake of the bru­tal ter­ror­ist attack by Omar Mateen that killed 49 mem­bers of the LGBT com­mu­nity and wounded 53 oth­ers at a gay night­club in Orlando, com­mu­ni­ties held vig­ils across the coun­try to express sol­i­dar­ity with the vic­tims. In marked con­trast to the love and sup­port shown by peo­ple around the world, haters voiced anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT sen­ti­ment and pro­moted anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries in the after­math of the event.

Not sur­pris­ingly, big­ots and extrem­ists used the mas­sacre in Orlando to demo­nize Mus­lims and Jews and to assert that the LGBT com­mu­nity got what it deserved because of their lifestyle. The sen­ti­ments they expressed demon­strate that these haters will exploit any tragedy to pro­mote their ideology.

Anti-Muslim activism

Over the past year, anti-Muslim activism has been on the rise across the United States. The Orlando attack has pro­vided a boost to such hate­ful sen­ti­ment and big­oted rhetoric.

  • Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller com­mented on the Orlando attack on her blog on June 12: “The media is call­ing it a hate crime. So it’s safe to assume Islam is a hate ideology.”
  • Robert Spencer, direc­tor of the anti-Muslim web­site Jihad Watch, wrote an arti­cle on the site about the ter­ror­ist who car­ried out the Orlando attack: “He was a devout adher­ent of a reli­gion that man­dates death for homo­sex­u­als, and the son of a man who sup­ports a group that puts gays to death (even as homo­sex­ual behav­ior is ram­pant in Afghanistan).”
  • A self-claimed ex-terrorist who is now a Chris­t­ian con­vert and an extrem­ist anti-Muslim activist, Walid Shoe­bat, used the Orlando attack as an oppor­tu­nity to renew his sup­port for calls to ban Mus­lims from enter­ing the U.S.  He wrote on his offi­cial web­site on June 12, “First of all it is 100% impos­si­ble to screen Mus­lims to weed out the ter­ror­ists.… Any­one who thinks that the U.S. or Europe are prop­erly vet­ting or can vet these ter­ror­ists [is] dream­ing. They can­not even mon­i­tor a few ter­ror­ists.”  He con­cluded his state­ment: “What more can we do? In a nut­shell, all you west­ern­ers, unless you com­pletely ban Islam, your’e [sic] screwed.”
  • Over social media plat­forms, some have cheered what they con­sid­ered proof that pre­vi­ous calls to ban Mus­lim immi­gra­tion to the U.S. were wise and “spot-on,” attack­ing at the same time what they described as a pol­icy to “import more Mus­lims.” Other anti-Muslim state­ments over social media recy­cled old claims about the inher­ently vio­lent nature of Islam, and the threat of not using the words “rad­i­cal Islamic ter­ror­ism” in the con­text of describ­ing such ter­ror­ist attacks.

Anti-LGBTQ hatred

While the LGBT and Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties banded together to pro­mote tol­er­ance over hatred, extrem­ists, includ­ing two pas­tors who are close asso­ciates, pro­moted a vir­u­lent strain of homo­pho­bia. Neo-Nazis also expressed con­tempt for the LGBT com­mu­nity, with some cel­e­brat­ing the ter­ror­ist attack.

Anti-LGBT and anti-Semitic tweet on Orlando attack

Anti-LGBT and anti-Semitic tweet about Orlando attack

  • Steven Ander­son, a pas­tor in Tempe, Ari­zona, who is known for his hatred of the LGBT com­mu­nity as well as Jews, gave a ser­mon cel­e­brat­ing the mur­der of gay peo­ple. He said: “The good news is that there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world, because, you know, these homo­sex­u­als are a bunch of dis­gust­ing per­verts and pedophiles.” He asserted that “they should have been killed through the proper chan­nels as in they should have been exe­cuted by a right­eous gov­ern­ment that would have tried them, con­victed them, and saw them executed.”
  • Roger Jimenez, a pas­tor of a church in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia and an asso­ciate of Anderson’s, voiced sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments. He posed the rhetor­i­cal ques­tion, “Hey, are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?” He answered, “Um, no. I think that’s great. I think that helps soci­ety.” He added that “The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. The tragedy is—I’m kind of upset that he didn’t fin­ish the job.” He con­tin­ued, “I wish the gov­ern­ment would round them all up, put them against a fir­ing wall, put a fir­ing squad in front of them, and blow their brains out.”
  • On his neo-Nazi web­site Infos­tormer, Lee Rogers wrote, “I find your dis­eased lifestyles dis­gust­ing and toxic to the body politic.” He added that if the LGBT com­mu­nity “choses to fol­low The Don [a ref­er­ence to Don­ald Trump]… we will not openly attack you or slaugh­ter you. Your rights to defile our mar­riage cer­e­monies and push your agenda will of course be rescinded, and there will no longer be pride parades fea­tur­ing mas­sive dil­dos on Amer­i­can streets.”
  • In an early response to the shoot­ing, a poster on the neo-Nazi forum Van­guard News Net­work said that Mateen “offed 20 of the most degen­er­ate pieces of excre­ment on the face of the earth, and if he gets vir­gins in par­adise, as far as I’m con­cerned, he earned them.”
  • Oth­ers on social media, in par­tic­u­lar Twit­ter, used the pejo­ra­tive term “homo­caust” to describe the mas­sacre in Orlando.

Anti-Semitic con­spir­acy theories

Fringe anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rists rarely miss an oppor­tu­nity to exploit tragedies to pro­mote their hatred of Jews, as they did blam­ing Jews for events rang­ing from coor­di­nated ter­ror attacks across Paris in Novem­ber 2015 to the Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School mas­sacre in Decem­ber 2012 to the 9/11 ter­ror­ist attacks.

Tweet promoting anti-Semitic conspiracies in response to Orlando attack

Tweet pro­mot­ing anti-Semitic con­spir­a­cies in response to Orlando attack

  • In this lat­est round of blam­ing Jews for all that is wrong with the world, David Duke, the for­mer Klan leader, posted a video on YouTube titled “The Orlando Ter­ror and the Dark Side of Diver­sity.” In this video, Duke invokes anti-Semitic the­o­ries about Jew­ish con­trol and sup­pos­edly evil Jew­ish inten­tions stat­ing, “…the pow­er­ful Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tions have led the push for open bor­ders.” He added, “…the takeover of Amer­i­can elite media, pol­i­tics, and bank­ing has directly led to the poli­cies of eth­nic cleans­ing in the coun­try our fore­fa­thers cre­ated and they lit­er­ally brag about this.” Duke blames the Jews and oth­ers for what he describes as the “the eth­nic cleans­ing of Amer­ica, Europe, and every West­ern Nation” and calls on “every white nation” to “rise up and defend West­ern Chris­t­ian civilization.”
  •  Addi­tion­ally, Vet­er­ans Today, a U.S.-based web­site that presents anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries as news, pub­lished a num­ber of arti­cles blam­ing Israel or Jews for the Orlando shooting:

 –In an arti­cle titled “MK-Ultra Triple Play in Orlando,” Vet­er­ans Today colum­nist Pre­ston James tries to place the Orlando shoot­ing into a larger Jew­ish con­spir­acy. He wrote, “[I]t is rea­son­able to view this Orlando shoot­ing as a pos­si­ble joint Mossad/CIA Gladio-style, inside-job, false-flag “triple-play” op designed to help moti­vate the Amer­i­can masses to col­lect the guns, accept polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and homo­sex­u­al­ity as the pre­ferred norm, and to fur­ther moti­vate Amer­i­cans to sup­port deploy­ing our war machine to fight more wars for Israel and the KM (Roth­schild Zion­ist Banksters).”

–In “Orlando Shoot­ing: Why Israel Availed the Vicious Cir­cle of Ter­ror­ism?” Saj­jad Shaukat claims that Israel is behind a num­ber of attacks in coop­er­a­tion with “the Zionist-Israeli-led Amer­ica” in order to stir up hatred against Mus­lims. Shaukat writes: “And most probably…Mossad might have arranged this mas­sive shooting…to divert the atten­tion of Amer­i­can pub­lic from inter­nal prob­lems, pro­longed war on ter­ror etc., and espe­cially to avoid the solu­tion of the Israeli-Palestinian issue.”

Kevin Bar­rett, an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist and fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to Iran’s Eng­lish lan­guage pro­pa­ganda news net­work, Press TV, wrote a Vet­er­ans Today arti­cle titled “Orlando Nigh­club Shoot­ing Another False Flag?” In this arti­cle, Bar­rett places Israel at the cen­ter of “the long list of false flags that cre­ated [the Orlando shoot­ing], claim­ing that “Zion­ists have been pan­ick­ing, fear­ing that Obama is going to…officially estab­lish the State of Palestine…The usual sus­pects may have responded with a mas­sive pub­lic­ity stu­dent in Orlando designed to make us for­get Muham­mad Ali [who Bar­rett describes as a pos­i­tive Mus­lim role model] and make it much harder, if not impos­si­ble, for Obama to force the Israelis to with­draw from the ter­ri­tory they stole in 1967.”

  • Some social media users responded by post­ing vehe­mently anti-Semitic mes­sages on Twit­ter, mak­ing accu­sa­tions sim­i­lar to those of Duke or Vet­er­ans Today, either blam­ing Jews them­selves for per­pe­trat­ing the attacks or Jew­ish con­trol of a num­ber of sec­tors in the U.S. for inspir­ing the attacks.

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May 27, 2016 21

Anti-Semites Spearhead Attack Campaign Against Jewish Journalists

White suprema­cists and anti-Semites have been bom­bard­ing Jew­ish jour­nal­ists with anti-Semitic tweets, par­tic­u­larly if the jour­nal­ists have been crit­i­cal of pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump or his fam­ily. Anony­mous tweet­ers whose back­ground is unknown have also joined in the attack. julia ioffe tweet stripes

Jour­nal­ists such as Julia Ioffe, Bethany Man­del, Jonathan Weis­man and Ben Shapiro have all been tar­gets of this cam­paign. Many of the tweets fea­ture Holo­caust imagery. Yel­low Jew­ish stars with the word “Jude” are super­im­posed on the pic­tures of these jour­nal­ists. There are also dis­turb­ing images of con­cen­tra­tion camps and ovens directed at the jour­nal­ists, as well as car­toons depict­ing anti-Semitic stereotypes.

While the actual iden­tity of many of the peo­ple send­ing the offen­sive tweets can’t be deter­mined, at least two well-known neo-Nazis have bla­tantly attacked Jew­ish jour­nal­ists online. In a recent blog post, neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin went after Weis­man, a New York Times reporter, who received an avalanche of anti-Semitic tweets after mak­ing a com­ment on Twit­ter regard­ing a neg­a­tive arti­cle about Trump. In an ear­lier blog post, Anglin had also encour­aged his fol­low­ers to troll Ioffe on Twit­ter after she wrote a pro­file of Mela­nia Trump for GQ magazine.jonathan weisman tweet auschwitz

Anglin derided Weis­man for pub­li­ciz­ing the hate­ful tweets directed at him. Anglin alleged that Jew­ish jour­nal­ists like Weis­man and Ioffe had pro­voked the wrath of white suprema­cists. But Anglin went fur­ther, prac­ti­cally declar­ing that there is a war on with Jew­ish jour­nal­ists. He wrote, “You’ve all pro­voked us. You’ve been doing it for decades—and cen­turies even—and we’ve finally had enough. Chal­lenge has been accepted.”

Another neo-Nazi, Andrew Auern­heimer–also known as “Weev”–tweeted at Weis­man, “Get used to it you f—ing kike. You peo­ple will be made to pay for the vio­lence and fraud you’ve com­mit­ted against us.”

Anglin and Auern­heimer are both adept at pro­pa­ganda. Anglin uses his web­site, The Daily Stormer, to attack Jew­ish jour­nal­ists and other Jews and encour­ages his fol­low­ers to troll them online. Anglin him­self was banned from Twit­ter after he ran a pro­pa­ganda cam­paign with fake tweets about the Klan com­ing to the Uni­ver­sity of Mis­souri fol­low­ing some racial inci­dents at the school. Auern­heimer is a well-known hacker who this year sent fly­ers adver­tis­ing The Daily Stormer to dozens of print­ers located at uni­ver­si­ties across the country. ben shapiro tweet jude

Both Anglin and Auern­heimer are known fig­ures who have used social media to attack Jews, but there are legions of anony­mous Twit­ter users who are exploit­ing the Inter­net to carry out these anti-Semitic cam­paigns against Jew­ish jour­nal­ists. While white suprema­cists used to pro­mote their anti-Jewish pro­pa­ganda on extrem­ist forums and ran­dom web­sites, they are now able to main­stream their hate on sites used by mil­lions of peo­ple and eas­ily recruit oth­ers to join in their efforts.