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June 24, 2016

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

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

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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