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June 24, 2016 Off

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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September 1, 2015 Off

Deadly Violence, Plots Mark Right-Wing Extremist Courtroom Dramas

Judges and juries in Kansas, Cal­i­for­nia and Geor­gia have ruled in a trio of impor­tant crim­i­nal cases involv­ing white suprema­cists, anti-government sov­er­eign cit­i­zens, and mili­tia groups who engaged in vio­lence or conspiracies.

Brent Douglas Cole

Brent Dou­glas Cole

On Mon­day, August 31, a jury in Olathe, Kansas, con­victed long-time white suprema­cist Fra­zier Glenn Miller (also known as Fra­zier Glenn Cross) on cap­i­tal mur­der, attempted mur­der, assault and weapons charges for his 2014 shoot­ing attack that killed three at Jew­ish insti­tu­tions in the Kansas City sub­urb of Over­land Park.

Miller, who defended him­self, attempted to argue dur­ing his trial that he was jus­ti­fied in killing Jews, because they were com­mit­ting “geno­cide” against white peo­ple. After the jury read its ver­dict, Miller shouted “Sieg Heil,” while giv­ing a Nazi salute.

In fed­eral court in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia, mean­while, another extrem­ist learned of his fate. Brent Dou­glas Cole, an adher­ent of the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment, received a 29-year, seven-month sen­tence for his role in a shootout in 2014. Sov­er­eign cit­i­zens believe that the gov­ern­ment is ille­git­i­mate, because a con­spir­acy long ago sub­verted the orig­i­nal gov­ern­ment and replaced it with a tyran­ni­cal one, and that it has no author­ity over them.

In June 214, a Bureau of Land Man­age­ment ranger dis­cov­ered Cole had set up a camp­site on pub­lic land and had a motor­cy­cle at the camp­site that had been reported stolen. When the ranger and a Cal­i­for­nia High­way Patrol offi­cer attempted to impound that motor­cy­cle, as well as one with expired tags, Cole con­fronted the offi­cers. When one attempted to place hand­cuffs on Cole, the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen opened fire on the offi­cers, injur­ing both of them, before sub­se­quently giv­ing him­self up. He was con­victed in Feb­ru­ary 2015 of assault on a fed­eral offi­cer which inflicted bod­ily injury and other charges.

Finally, a fed­eral judge in Atlanta, Geor­gia, sen­tenced three mem­bers of a mili­tia group to prison after they pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to use weapons of mass destruc­tion. Brian Can­non, Terry Peace and Cory Williamson were mem­bers of a north Geor­gia mili­tia cell that plot­ted ter­ror­ist attacks against the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency and other gov­ern­ment tar­gets, hop­ing that the gov­ern­ment would over-react and, in turn, cause mili­tia groups around the coun­try to rise up in arms.

After an asso­ciate of the three men alerted the FBI to the plot­ters’ inten­tions, the FBI set up a sting oper­a­tion. After Peace told the infor­mant that he needed ther­mite charges and pipe bombs, the infor­mant offered to get the explo­sives for him. In Feb­ru­ary 2014, FBI agents arrested the trio of mili­ti­a­men as the received the (inert) explo­sive devices from the infor­mant. Their would-be rev­o­lu­tion was thwarted.

In many respects, these three inci­dents col­lec­tively high­light the major dan­gers com­ing from the extreme right in the 21st Cen­tury. Miller engaged in a deadly attack directed against Jews, a per­ceived “racial enemy.” The shoot­ing spree pre­saged the even more deadly attack against African-Americans by Dylann Storm Roof in June 2015. Cole engaged in unplanned, spon­ta­neous vio­lence against law enforce­ment officers—one of the major threats posed by the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment. And the mili­ti­a­men in North Geor­gia engaged in a con­spir­acy to attack gov­ern­ment tar­gets; just the lat­est in a long series of such plots and con­spir­a­cies stem­ming from the mili­tia movement.

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August 26, 2015 1

Judge Thwarts Anti-Semitic Killer’s Attempt At Show Trial

As open­ing state­ments and tes­ti­mony began this week in Olathe, Kansas, in the mur­der trial of white suprema­cist Fra­zier Glenn Miller (also known as Fra­zier Glenn Cross), the defense strat­egy of the for­mer Klansman—who is rep­re­sent­ing himself—became clear.

Frazier Glenn Miller mugshot

Fra­zier Glenn Miller mugshot

Miller, who has admit­ted com­mit­ting a shoot­ing spree at two Jew­ish insti­tu­tions in Over­land Park, Kansas, in April 2014 that killed three peo­ple, includ­ing one child, indi­cated his inten­tions with his open­ing state­ments on August 24. Miller asserted to the jury that the mur­ders were jus­ti­fied, describ­ing his actions that day as “well-intentioned” and claim­ing that he had “good, moral rea­sons” for the slayings.

These state­ments echoed ear­lier remarks by Miller before the trial that he would attempt a “neces­sity” defense, claim­ing that the shoot­ings were needed to halt the “Jew­ish geno­cide of the white race.” Though Miller had admit­ted that his inten­tions were to shoot Jews, none of the vic­tims he killed at the Jew­ish insti­tu­tions turned out to be Jewish.

Miller told the jury that white peo­ple “have a right to sur­vive” and the right to pre­serve our heritage…and a safe future for white chil­dren.” This was a ref­er­ence to the “14 Words,” a pop­u­lar white suprema­cist slo­gan: “We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white chil­dren.” It refers to the wide­spread white suprema­cist belief that the white race is threat­ened with extinc­tion because of a ris­ing tide of non-white peo­ples who are con­trolled and manip­u­lated by Jews.

How­ever, Miller did not get far in his effort at an anti-Semitic show trial before Judge Kelly Ryan stopped him. Judge Ryan had ear­lier ruled that Miller could not intro­duce his anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries into the guilt phase of the trial, which was to deter­mine whether a crime had been com­mit­ted, not why. The judge said that Miller could make such argu­ments dur­ing the penalty phase of the trial, if he were convicted.

As wit­nesses began to tes­tify, Miller found other ways to intro­duce his anti-Semitic views, such as bring­ing cer­tain books to court with him. At one point he had a copy of his own, self-printed auto­bi­og­ra­phy, A White Man Speaks Out, dis­played on the defense table. Another time dur­ing the trial he held up a book for peo­ple to see: They Dare to Speak Out: Peo­ple and Insti­tu­tions Con­front Israel’s Lobby, an anti-Israel book writ­ten by Paul Find­ley, a long-time anti-Israel activist, in 1985.

Miller was a promi­nent white suprema­cist in the 1970s and 1980s, at one point head­ing a large Ku Klux Klan group, but the white suprema­cist move­ment ostra­cized him for pro­vid­ing tes­ti­mony in a crim­i­nal case against other white suprema­cists. Miller has spent most of the past 15 years try­ing to get back in the graces of the move­ment, with lit­tle suc­cess. His shoot­ing spree was appar­ently a final attempt.

Miller’s Over­land Park attack was only one of a num­ber of deadly shoot­ing sprees by white suprema­cists in recent years. These and other mur­ders have made white suprema­cists the most deadly extrem­ist move­ment in the coun­try, as detailed in ADL’s recent report, With Hate in their Hearts: The State of White Supremacy in the United States.

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