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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.


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August 12, 2013

Fringe Catholic Conference Features Anti-Semitic And Conspiracy-Oriented Speakers

The Catholic Restoration Conference VII, sponsored by “In the Spirit of Chartres” Committee (ISOC), a fringe Catholic group, will offer a platform to a number of anti-Semitic and conspiracy-oriented speakers in Washington, DC, on September 13-15, 2013.  This year’s conference includes a right-wing extremist who has run for Congress and the president of the far-right John Birch Society.catholic-restoration-conference-washington

ISOC is made up of radical traditional Catholics who reject many of the changes instituted by the Catholic Church during the Second Vatican Council and openly espouse anti-Semitic views. For example, on its website, ISOC promotes the idea that the forged anti-Semitic work, The Protocols of Zion, is actually “a no-forgery declaration of war against Christian civilization.”

In addition to anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists, the conference will include Catholic creationists, who use pseudo-science to assert that the Bible gives an accurate account of the creation of the universe.  The following speakers are scheduled to appear at the conference.


E. Michael Jones

E. Michael Jones is an anti-Semitic Catholic writer and publisher of the magazine Culture Wars.  Jones promotes the view that Jews are dedicated to propagating and perpetrating attacks on the Catholic Church and moral standards, social stability, and political order throughout the world.  He portrays the Jewish religion as inherently treacherous and belligerent towards Christianity.  Jones also blames Jews for Bolshevism, Freemasonry, and an alleged contemporary “Jewish takeover of American culture.”

Jim Condit Jr. is an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist. In 2010, Condit ran for U.S. Congress in Ohio’s 8th district as a candidate from the Constitution Party, a right-wing extremist fringe political party.  He has attempted Congressional runs many times before, including in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.  In 2005, Condit broadcast ads that linked the 9/11 attacks to Israel. He also alleges that Jews manipulate major American institutions and historical events.

John Sharpe is a former naval officer and an anti-Semite. Sharpe attended a 2006 conference organized by American Renaissance, a white supremacist publication, and was temporarily placed on administrative leave from the Navy in 2007 when information surfaced about his role in the Legion of St. Louis and the IHS Press, two anti-Semitic organizations. The Legion of St. Louis appears to be inactive but Sharpe still heads IHS.

John F. McManus is president of the conspiracy-oriented John Birch Society (JBS).  JBS promotes numerous theories that accuse the U.S. of trying to create a one-world government and attempting to control citizens through various plots. Most recently, JBS has focused on Agenda 21, a United Nations action plan for achieving sustainable development worldwide. JBS circulates conspiracy theories alleging that Agenda 21 is a plan by the U.N. to create a totalitarian government with control over every aspect of people’s lives.

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June 19, 2013

Anti-Semites And Extremists To Host “Freedompalooza 2013” On July 4th Weekend

White supremacists, anti-Semites, anti-government extremists and conspiracy theorists are among speakers scheduled to appear at “Freedompalooza 2013,” organized by Paul Topete, lead singer of the band Pokerface and an anti-Semite and anti-government extremist.   It is the third time Topete has organized such an event in Pennsylvania, but he allegedly has plans to organize future events in other regions of the country.freedom-palooza-2013

Freedompalooza will take place from July 4-6, 2013, in Bucks County in eastern Pennsylvania.  Although a local restaurant is providing the property and selling food at the event, the primary sponsor (and  promoter) of the event is the American Free Press, the anti-Semitic and conspiracy-oriented newspaper published by long-time white supremacist Willis Carto.

Topete has lined up a long list of bands and speakers, many of the latter coming from extremist and fringe movements and causes.  One theme that unites many speakers is virulent anti-Semitism or anti-Israel sentiment.  Two of the more prominent speakers, for example, are former members of Congress:  Cynthia McKinney and James Traficant.  McKinney  is a long-time anti-Israel activist who has supported anti-Semitic groups such as the Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party, while Traficant, since his release from prison on federal racketeering and bribery convictions, has joined the American Free Press, in whose pages he has expressed his own anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views.  Another scheduled speaker is Jim Condit, Jr., who several times ran for Congress in Ohio, taking advantage of his candidate status to obtain a platform for expressing his anti-Semitic views in radio advertisements.

Other speakers reportedly scheduled to attend include Merlin Miller, the 2012 presidential candidate of the white supremacist American Freedom Party,  several American Free Press writers, and Cynthia Steele, the wife of white supremacist attorney Edgar Steele (currently serving a 50-year sentence for conspiracy to murder Cynthia, a charge she claims is false).

Freedompalooza will also host a variety of anti-government extremist speakers, including representatives from several militia groups, a representative from the anti-government and conspiratorial Oath Keepers, and the Appleseed Project, a marksmanship program that warns attendees that they may have to (literally) fight the government to maintain their liberty.

Also present will be Larry Pratt, head of the Gun Owners of America, a radical gun rights group, and Jeff Christopher, a sheriff from Delaware with ties to Michael Peroutka, former presidential candidate of the right-wing extremist Constitution Party.  Christopher’s battle with the state of Delaware over that state’s decision to eliminate the arrest powers of its three county sheriffs has been much promoted by the American Free Press and other right-wing sources.

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