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February 28, 2016 27

Extremist Support of Donald Trump

Updated March 2, 2016

White suprema­cists have been enthu­si­as­tic sup­port­ers of Don­ald Trump since he announced his can­di­dacy for pres­i­dent in June 2015 with big­oted remarks about Mex­i­can immi­grants. Sub­se­quent remarks from Trump about ban­ning Mus­lim immi­gra­tion to the U.S served to solid­ify that sup­port. White suprema­cists believe that Trump is voic­ing their own xeno­pho­bic and big­oted views toward immi­grants and non-whites.

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David Duke, a racist and anti-Semite and the most noto­ri­ous bigot in Amer­ica, urged his sup­port­ers to back Trump. On his radio show in Feb­ru­ary, Duke said that “vot­ing against Trump is really trea­son to your her­itage.” Duke even told his lis­ten­ers to vol­un­teer for Trump dur­ing the elec­tion. He added that he hoped that Trump “does every­thing we hope he will do.”

One of Trump’s biggest sup­port­ers is neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin who runs the Daily Stormer web­site. The site is filled with vir­u­lently racist and anti-Semitic arti­cles. In July 2015, Anglin wrote an arti­cle that praised Trump for his com­ments on Mex­i­cans. Anglin asserted, “The Trump Train has left the sta­tion and is run­ning non-stop to total vic­tory over the bar­bar­ian hordes of Mex­ico. Because there is one issue which mat­ters beyond all other issues and that is the inva­sion of White coun­tries by non-whites.”Anglin adds that “the amount of good” that Trump has done “is immea­sur­able.” Anglin now refers to Trump as “our glo­ri­ous leader,” and extols Trump at every turn.

White suprema­cist William John­son, head of the Amer­i­can Free­dom Party does more than talk about sup­port­ing Trump. He has actu­ally cre­ated the Amer­i­can National Super PAC, which has paid for a series of robo­calls sup­port­ing Trump for pres­i­dent. The calls have gone out num­ber of states, includ­ing Iowa and New Hamp­shire. New robo­calls are sched­uled for Ver­mont and Min­nesota which tell vot­ers not to “vote for a Cuban.” The calls go on to say that the “white race is dying out in Amer­ica and Europe because we are afraid to be called ‘racist.’” John­son has long courted the more hard­core mem­bers of the white suprema­cist move­ment, includ­ing racist skinheads.

Jared Tay­lor, a white suprema­cist who runs the Amer­i­can Renais­sance web­site is another enthu­si­as­tic sup­porter of Trump. The Amer­i­can Renais­sance site fea­tures arti­cles that pur­port to demon­strate the intel­lec­tual and cul­tural supe­ri­or­ity of whites. Tay­lor has writ­ten a num­ber of arti­cles endors­ing Trump. His voice also appeared on the Amer­i­can National Super PAC robo­calls in Iowa, where he told vot­ers that “we don’t need Mus­lims. We need smart, well-educated white peo­ple who will assim­i­late to our culture.”

Richard Spencer, a white suprema­cist who runs a tiny think tank called the National Pol­icy Insti­tute has posted videos and arti­cles endors­ing Trump for pres­i­dent. Spencer is a sym­bolic of the new white supremacy whereby young racists would rather don suits and ties than a Klan robe to pro­mote white nation­al­ism. In an inter­view, Spencer said that Trump “seems to gen­uinely care about the his­toric Amer­i­can nation that is white people.”

Kevin Mac­Don­ald, a noto­ri­ous anti-Semite and retired pro­fes­sor, has also backed Trump. He has lauded Trump’s com­ments about ban­ning Mus­lim immi­gra­tion and says that elect­ing Trump “may be the last chance for Whites to elect a pres­i­dent who rep­re­sents their inter­ests.” Mac­Don­ald actu­ally tried to raise money for his anti-Semitic pub­li­ca­tion, The Occi­den­tal Quar­terly, by tout­ing Trump’s can­di­dacy. He wrote, “Don­ald Trump’s can­di­dacy is a game changer and has a very real pos­si­bil­ity of suc­cess. In this new cli­mate, mil­lions of White peo­ple are real­iz­ing that it’s entirely legit­i­mate to oppose immi­gra­tion and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism. It’s okay to oppose the idea that every last human has the moral right to immi­grate to a West­ern coun­try, or that all peo­ples and cul­tures are equally accept­able as immigrants.”

Matthew Heim­bach, a racist and anti-Semite who co-founded the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work, a white suprema­cist group, has expressed sup­port for Trump. He wrote, “The march to vic­tory will not be won by Don­ald Trump in 2016, but this could be the step­ping stone we need to then rad­i­cal­ize mil­lions of White work­ing and mid­dle class fam­i­lies to the call to truly begin a strug­gle for Faith, fam­ily and folk. For this rea­son alone I will cam­paign for Don­ald Trump because as the say­ing goes ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’ and that is dou­bly true if that per­son is viewed as an enemy by the Inter­na­tional Jew.”

It has also been reported that the Knights Party, a Klan group in Arkansas, uses Trump and his views as a talk­ing point when ques­tion­ing poten­tial recruits. In an arti­cle in Politico, Rachel Pen­der­graft, a spokesper­son for the group, said that Trump, “has offered KKK mem­bers a prime oppor­tu­nity to feel out poten­tial recruits on their racial attitudes.”

In media inter­views, Don Black, who runs Storm­front, the largest white suprema­cist Inter­net forum in the coun­try, has said that Trump has helped drive traf­fic to his site. In inter­views in Politico and Vice, Black said that Trump had been a boon to the white suprema­cist cause.

Lee Rogers, who runs the neo-Nazi web­site Infos­tormer, refers to Trump as “our leader.” Like Andrew Anglin, Rogers posts viciously racist and anti-Semitic arti­cles on his site and exalts Trump.

Hunter Wal­lace, aka Brad Grif­fin, a white suprema­cist who pro­motes South­ern nation­al­ism offi­cially endorsed Trump for pres­i­dent on his web­site, Occi­den­tal Dissent.

James Edwards, a white suprema­cist who runs the Polit­i­cal Cesspool web­site and radio show, wrote a blog about attend­ing a Trump rally in Mem­phis on  Feb­ru­ary 28 as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the press.  Edwards declared that he is vot­ing for Trump and encour­aged his own sup­port­ers to do the same. Edwards added, “With Trump, Amer­ica has a chance to regain her identity.”

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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July 3, 2014 3

Matthew Heimbach Publically Returns to Racist Street Activism

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Matthew Heim­bach

After announc­ing he was tak­ing a sab­bat­i­cal from activism, Matthew Heim­bach, the co-founder white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), returned to racist activ­i­ties dur­ing the month of June. Heim­bach attended three events in June orga­nized by the white South­ern nation­al­ist group League of the South (LOS).

Despite the fact that Heim­bach was pre­vi­ously banned from the orga­ni­za­tion for attend­ing neo-Nazi events, Heim­bach not only attended the recent LOS annual con­fer­ence but also took part in LOS demon­stra­tions in Ken­tucky and Alabama.

On Sat­ur­day, June 1, Heim­bach attended demon­stra­tions orga­nized by the Ken­tucky chap­ter of the League which took place in the towns of Car­roll­ton, and War­saw, Ken­tucky. At the demon­stra­tions, Heim­bach held a sign that read, “Feds out of Ken­tucky.” Another LOS protest is sched­uled to take place in the town of Pikeville, Ken­tucky, on July 19. Accord­ing to LOS, the demon­stra­tion will be in sup­port of coal min­ers in the state “whose indus­try is being destroyed by the feds.”

Over the past two years, LOS changed tac­tics, focus­ing more on street activism in an attempt to attract new mem­bers and raise aware­ness about the orga­ni­za­tion and South­ern nation­al­ism. Brad Grif­fin, aka Hunter Wal­lace, the founder of the racist blog Occi­den­tal Dis­sent is the main pro­moter of this tac­tic. The theme of this year’s LOS national con­fer­ence was “Hit­ting the Streets: Tak­ing the South­ern Nation­al­ist Mes­sage to the Public.”

Grif­fin joined LOS two years ago and is respon­si­ble for bring­ing the orga­ni­za­tion closer to the Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC), another racist orga­ni­za­tion with chap­ters around the South. Grif­fin is mar­ried to Renee Baum, the daugh­ter of Gor­don Baum, the head of CofCC. LOS and CofCC held demon­stra­tions together for the first time dur­ing the past year. Grif­fin spoke about the issue of street activism and the media atten­tion it gar­ners at the LOS national con­fer­ence last Sat­ur­day, June 28.

After their national con­fer­ence ended on June 28, LOS held a demon­stra­tion in Wetumpka, Alabama, where the group is head­quar­tered. Heim­bach and many other con­fer­ence atten­dees joined the event, which focused on sup­port­ing South­ern work­ers who LOS claims are los­ing their jobs to immi­grants. Many of the LOS protests are anti-immigrant but oth­ers focus on issues such as mar­riage equal­ity. A sim­i­lar demon­stra­tion is sched­uled to take place in Gainesville, Geor­gia, on August 23.

Heimbach’s return to racist activism appears only to be with LOS for the time being. One pos­si­ble rea­son for this is the LOS’s pro­mo­tion of a racist ver­sion of Chris­t­ian val­ues, which Heim­bach also embraces. It remains to be seen whether Heim­bach will orga­nize again with other racist orga­ni­za­tions, but it’s clear that his sab­bat­i­cal from racist activ­ity is over.

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May 7, 2014 0

White Supremacist Activists Opt for Sabbatical after Priest’s Rebuke

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Matt Heim­bach

Matthew Heim­bach and Matt Par­rott, the founders of the white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), have decided to take a sab­bat­i­cal from their activ­i­ties. The two took this step after the priest of the Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian church they belong to pub­licly released a state­ment on April 29 say­ing that Heim­bach must “cease and desist all activ­i­ties, both online, in print, and in per­son, pro­mot­ing racist and sep­a­ra­tionist ideologies….”

The same priest ear­lier that month had over­seen Heimbach’s com­mu­nion in the Ortho­dox Church.  Although it is unclear where Par­rott stands in terms of his own com­mu­nion, he and Heim­bach have both appar­ently cho­sen to take time off from their activ­i­ties at the request of the priest. On the TYN site, Par­rott writes that he and Heim­bach do not know if their leave of absence will be tem­po­rary or permanent.

Par­rott and espe­cially Heim­bach have openly talked about their reli­gious beliefs on the TYN blog.  Their priest noted that he made the com­mu­nion a pub­lic issue because Heim­bach “makes inflam­ma­tory pub­lic state­ments in the name of the Ortho­dox Faith.”  Both Heim­bach and Par­rott osten­si­bly see their white suprema­cist beliefs as com­pat­i­ble with their vision of Chris­tian­ity. Though the two are racist and anti-Semitic, Par­rott has tried to jus­tify their views by claim­ing they have no ill will towards other reli­gious and eth­nic groups.

It is unclear how Par­rott and Heim­bach plan to spend their sab­bat­i­cal. Even after Heimbach’s priest asked him to cease activ­i­ties and do penance to be received back into the Ortho­dox com­mu­nion, Heim­bach par­tic­i­pated in a demon­stra­tion led by the racist League of the South (LOS) in Wash­ing­ton, DC, on May 1. LOS had only recently allowed Heim­bach back into the group after kick­ing him out in Octo­ber 2013 for tak­ing part in a neo-Nazi event. A week before the LOS DC event, Heim­bach attended the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Renais­sance con­fer­ence in Ten­nessee. In addi­tion, TYN con­tin­ues to func­tion as a group, despite Heim­bach and Parrot’s leave.

The reac­tion from the white suprema­cist com­mu­nity has been some­what mixed, with most peo­ple sup­port­ing Heim­bach and Parrott’s sab­bat­i­cal while the two fig­ure out their next moves. One well-known white suprema­cist, Greg John­son, who runs the online white suprema­cist pub­li­ca­tion Counter-Currents, has attacked Heim­bach and Par­rott for aban­don­ing the white suprema­cist cause for the sake of Chris­tian­ity. Oth­ers, like Brad Grif­fin, aka Hunter Wal­lace, who runs the racist Occi­den­tal Dis­sent blog, believe that Heim­bach and Par­rott will be able to rec­on­cile their racist views with Chris­tian­ity and make a full return to the white suprema­cist movement.

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