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January 14, 2016 5

White Supremacist Backing Trump Has Ties to Hardcore Racists

William John­son, the head of the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP), has paid for a series of robo­calls and radio time in Iowa in sup­port of Don­ald Trump’s can­di­dacy. In a recent inter­view on CNN, Trump dis­avowed the robo­calls but said that “peo­ple are angry at what’s going on.”

On the calls, John­son urges peo­ple to sup­port Trump while refer­ring to  him­self as a farmer and a white nation­al­ist. The calls also include a pitch for Trump from another white suprema­cist, Jared Tay­lor, who runs the Amer­i­can Renais­sance web­site. The site fea­tures arti­cles that pur­port to demon­strate the intel­lec­tual and cul­tural supe­ri­or­ity of whites.

William Johnson

William John­son

While John­son projects a suit and tie image as a lawyer and activist, he has long courted the more hard­core mem­bers of the white suprema­cist move­ment. This past sum­mer, he was a speaker at Camp Com­radery 2015, a white suprema­cist event in Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia, that included racist skin­heads from var­i­ous groups, includ­ing Blood and Honor, Golden State Skin­heads and Cal­i­for­nia Skinheads.

At the event, John­son encour­aged atten­dees to run for polit­i­cal office and to pro­mote a pro-white mes­sage to the public.

Another speaker at the event was Matthew Heim­bach, the founder of the white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work, and a vir­u­lent anti-Semite. At the event, Heim­bach gave a speech blam­ing Jews for destroy­ing the white race.

In Feb­ru­ary 2012, John­son attended a demon­stra­tion in Los Ange­les for the South Africa Project, a national ini­tia­tive to advo­cate against alleged white geno­cide in South Africa. A num­ber of racist skin­heads par­tic­i­pated in the event.

For years, John­son has pro­moted the idea of a white ethno-state in Amer­ica. In the 1980s, John­son, under the pseu­do­nym “James O. Pace,” pro­moted a scheme called the “Pace Amend­ment” to a vari­ety of peo­ple, includ­ing mem­bers of the U.S. Con­gress and state legislatures.

The Pace Amend­ment would have elim­i­nated the Four­teenth Amend­ment (which grants auto­matic cit­i­zen­ship to any­one born in the United States) and lim­ited cit­i­zen­ship only to “non-Hispanic whites of the Euro­pean race, in whom there is no ascer­tain­able trace of Negro Blood, nor more than one-eighth Mon­go­lian, Asian, Asia Minor, Mid­dle East­ern, Semitic, Near East­ern, Amer­i­can Indian, Malay or other non-European or non-white blood.” Those who did not fit this cat­e­gory, includ­ing Jews, would be repa­tri­ated to places deemed their coun­tries of origin.

A 1987 ADL report on the Pace Amend­ment iden­ti­fied ties between John­son and a range of neo-Nazi orga­ni­za­tions and lead­ers, includ­ing the now-deceased Richard But­ler, then leader of the neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations; Dan Gay­man, a leader in the white suprema­cist Chris­t­ian Iden­tity move­ment; and Tom Met­zger, who was closely aligned with the racist skin­head move­ment in the 1980s and 1990s. John­son is also a long-time asso­ciate of Klan leader Thom Robb and has been a guest speaker at Robb’s events.

While John­son is pur­port­edly try­ing to reach out to dis­af­fected whites on behalf of Trump, he pre­sum­ably would like to win those same peo­ple over to his white suprema­cist ideology.

 

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March 26, 2015 4

American White Supremacists Attend Russian Nationalist Conference

On March 22, Amer­i­can white suprema­cists Jared Tay­lor and Sam Dick­son addressed the Inter­na­tional Russ­ian Con­ser­v­a­tive Forum in St. Peters­burg, which fea­tured Russ­ian nation­al­ists and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from extreme-right par­ties in Europe. The extreme-right par­ties included Greece’s Golden Dawn, Germany’s National Demo­c­ra­tic Party and Italy’s Forza Nuova. The visit to Rus­sia is another exam­ple of Amer­i­can white suprema­cists try­ing to build ties with their Euro­pean counterparts.

Jared Taylor at Russian conference

Jared Tay­lor at Russ­ian conference

Tay­lor heads Amer­i­can Renais­sance (AR), an online jour­nal that hosts yearly con­fer­ences. He often speaks to audi­ences in Europe about white nation­al­ism in Amer­ica. Over the past three years, he has attended nation­al­ist gath­er­ings in France, Eng­land, Turkey and Hun­gary. The con­fer­ence in Hun­gary in Octo­ber 2014 was hosted by the National Pol­icy, Insti­tute, an Amer­i­can white suprema­cist think tank that also has close ties to nation­al­ists in Europe.

Dick­son is a reg­u­lar speaker at con­fer­ences spon­sored by AR and the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens. At the con­fer­ence in Rus­sia, Tay­lor and Dick­son both talked about pre­serv­ing the white race and bat­tling “Third-World immi­gra­tion” in the United States. Appar­ently, both men also lauded Vladimir Putin, the pres­i­dent of Rus­sia, who is seen as a pro­moter of tra­di­tion­al­ist val­ues in the West.

Other white suprema­cists in the U.S. have embraced Putin for encour­ag­ing nation­al­ism and Ortho­dox Chris­tian­ity in Rus­sia. These extrem­ists believe that Putin and Rus­sia rep­re­sent the antithe­sis of the global, mul­ti­cul­tural, mod­ern soci­ety rep­re­sented by Amer­ica and West­ern Europe.

In Feb­ru­ary, William John­son of the Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP) posted an inter­view he gave to Nicholas Truschalov of the nation­al­ist Russ­ian Impe­r­ial Party, who report­edly attended the con­fer­ence in St. Peters­burg. Like Tay­lor and Dick­son, John­son talked about pre­serv­ing the white race in Amer­ica. When Truschalov asked John­son about who was defend­ing national iden­tity and tra­di­tional val­ues in the U.S. John­son named Tay­lor and Dick­son as two sig­nif­i­cant thinkers in the white nation­al­ist move­ment. John­son also declared that the AFP sup­ports nation­al­ists world­wide when Truschalov asked what John­son would like to tell Russ­ian nationalists.

Matthew Heim­bach of the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work has also pro­moted Rus­sia. In a Feb­ru­ary arti­cle enti­tled, “The New Shin­ing City on the Hill: Mother Rus­sia,” Heim­bach praised Rus­sia as the “true defender of Tra­di­tion­al­ism.” He added that Putin is “doing the exact oppo­site of what the Bush and Obama admin­is­tra­tions are doing and that is why Tra­di­tion­al­ists should look to Rus­sia for inspiration.”

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January 12, 2015 132

Racist Group Begins Youth Recruitment Effort

The Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP), a white suprema­cist group, has recently estab­lished a youth wing, the National Youth Front (NYF). NYF, which offi­cially launches in Feb­ru­ary, has already cre­ated a web­site, a Face­book page, and a recruit­ment video to appeal to young peo­ple between the ages of 18 and 40.

National Youth Front symbol

National Youth Front symbol

In an intro­duc­tion on its web­site, NYF claims that it is “an elite youth orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to the preser­va­tion of Amer­ica our West­ern cul­ture [sic].” In addi­tion to cre­at­ing a flyer about the group, NYF has cre­ated a pol­ished recruit­ment video aimed at young peo­ple. It decries their par­ents’ accep­tance of diver­sity and claims that young whites are “the vic­tims of [their] par­ents’ child­ish lib­er­a­tion move­ments” from the 1960s. The video is called a “Dec­la­ra­tion of War” and is sim­i­lar to videos cir­cu­lated by far-right youth groups in Europe, which chide pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions’ accep­tance of multiculturalism.

NYF chose three inter­con­nect­ing tri­an­gles known as the Val­knot or “knot of the slain,” an old Norse sym­bol, to rep­re­sent the group. It is often con­sid­ered a sym­bol of the Norse god Odin. Some white suprema­cists, par­tic­u­larly racist Odin­ists, have appro­pri­ated the Val­knot to use as a racist sym­bol. Often they use it as a sign that they are will­ing to give their life to Odin, gen­er­ally in battle.

Lead­ers in the group include Nathan Damigo and Dax­ter Reed, also known as Daecca Reed. Damigo is an Iraq war vet­eran who was released from prison in April 2014 after serv­ing time for pulling a gun on a taxi dri­ver, a crime he attrib­uted to PTSD. Damigo is the act­ing chair­man of NYF and also holds the posi­tion of direc­tor of PR and out­reach. Reed, who is from Asheville, North Car­olina, is direc­tor of national chap­ters. Reed is active in Asheville Youth Front, a local chap­ter of NYF and is seen on that chapter’s Face­book page hand­ing out a NYF flyer. On his Face­book page, Reed “liked” Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

Unof­fi­cially in exis­tence since Novem­ber 2014, NYF has already lost its first chair­man, Caleb C. Shu­maker. Shu­maker resigned on Jan­u­ary 6, cit­ing recent attacks against him and his fam­ily. He was for­merly a mem­ber of the Con­ser­v­a­tive Youth Coun­cil, an affil­i­ate of the far-right Con­ser­v­a­tive Party USA. In his farewell col­umn, Shu­maker claimed that NYF already has nine chap­ters around the coun­try, although there is lit­tle evi­dence of activ­ity at this point.

AFP was orig­i­nally founded in Octo­ber 2009 as Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion (A3P), “to rep­re­sent the polit­i­cal inter­ests of White Amer­i­cans.” Today the organization’s lead­er­ship is made up of older well-established white suprema­cists such as Cal­i­for­nia lawyer William John­son, anti-Semitic ex-professor Kevin Mac­Don­ald and James Edwards, who runs The Polit­i­cal Cesspool, a radio show based in Ten­nessee. AFP is appar­ently try­ing to attract young peo­ple to bring new energy into the group, which has mostly run unsuc­cess­ful can­di­dates for local positions.

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