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Top Trump aide Stephen Bannon (White Idiot, White Freemason, Zionist) dismisses white nationalists as ‘clowns’

BRIDGEWATER, New Jersey — US President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon dismissed the white supremacist movement, whose march on Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend led to deadly violence, as “losers,” “a fringe element” and “a collection of clowns.”

In an interview with The American Prospect posted online Wednesday, Bannon talked about purging his rivals from the Defense and State departments and told the liberal publication that the US is losing the economic race against China.

Bannon also said there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president’s recent pledge to answer further aggression with “fire and fury.”

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Bannon, a campaign adviser reportedly under internal pressure in the White House, is largely seen as having played a key role in the rise of the so-called alt-right movement of white nationalists, white supremacists and other racist groups that rallied in Virginia Saturday, many of whom turned up in neo-Nazi regalia and bearing shields and burning torches to defend a statue of Civil War general Robert E. Lee — a hero of the slave-holding Confederacy..

But in the interview, Bannon seemed to dismiss the groups as fringe elements, and blamed the media for giving them outsized coverage.

Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" march down East Market Street toward Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)

“Ethno-nationalism—it’s losers. It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more,” he’s quoted saying. “These guys are a collection of clowns.”

Trump has come under fire at home and abroad for insisting that white supremacist groups and those who opposed them were both at fault for deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. The statements, including a contentious Tuesday press conference during which he insisted that “both sides” were at fault, have been widely seen as giving support to white supremacist groups, many of whose leaders have expressed satisfaction with the president.

According to a report from insider news platform Axios, Bannon has been delighted by Trump’s statements — dubbing them a victory for the nationalist camp in the White House over the “globalists” he fears are trying to drag the president towards a conventional line.

In this April 9, 2017, file photo, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon steps off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP/Alex Brandon)

As the head of the Breitbart news organization, Bannon gave white nationalism a high-profile platform, and his senior position with Trump is regarded as a sign of close ties between the movement and the administration.

A forceful but contentious presence in a divided White House, Bannon has drawn fire from some of Trump’s closest advisers, including son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The president is under renewed pressure to fire Bannon, who has survived earlier rounds of having fallen out of favor with Trump.

At the Tuesday press conference, the president also passed up an opportunity to offer a public vote of confidence in Bannon. Trump said he’s a “good person” and not a racist, adding that “we’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon.”

Much of the interview was devoted to Bannon’s platform of economic nationalism and tensions with North Korea.

In the interview, Bannon mused about getting rid of administration officials who disagree with his strategy toward China and North Korea and replacing them with “hawks.”

“We gotta do this. The president’s default position is to do it, but the apparatus is going crazy,” Bannon said. “Don’t get me wrong. It’s like, every day.”

US President Donald Trump, senior advisor Jared Kushner, Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohen, and Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon are seen during a bilateral meeting with the Saudi crown prince (not in photo) at a hotel in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)

“There’s no military solution (to North Korea’s nuclear threats), forget it,” Bannon added. “Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”

Trump tweeted earlier Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “made a very wise and well-reasoned decision” by backing down after heightening fears of nuclear conflict in a series of combative threats, including against the US territory of Guam.

Bannon also outlined his push for the US to adopt a tougher stance on China trade, without waiting to see whether Beijing will help restrain Kim, as Trump has pressed China’s leader to do. Trump also has lamented US trade deficits with China.

“The economic war with China is everything,” Bannon said. “And we have to be maniacally focused on that. If we continue to lose it, we’re five years away, I think, 10 years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we’ll never be able to recover.”


Logan Smith, Activist Behind @YesYoureRacist, Outs Charlottesville White Nationalists on Twitter



On Friday, as the civilized world was reeling from the images of angry white men marching through a college campus in defense of white supremacy, activist Logan Smith got to work.

The North Carolina man’s task: Naming and shaming alleged white supremacists through his Twitter account, @YesYoureRacist.

Within hours, Smith had publicly identified two men he believed had participated in the march. Within days, both men had lost their jobs.

Since 2012, the Raleigh-based activist has used social media to crowd source the identities of neo-Nazis and white supremacists and call them out for spreading racism and hatred.

Smith told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle on Tuesday that he feels in today’s social media-centric world if racists are no longer going to hide behind hoods then their identity should be made public.

“If they’re really so proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with white supremacists and neo-Nazis then I think that their communities need to know who these people are,” he said.

Related: Trump Must Confront Hate Groups that Love Him: Experts Say

But crowd sourcing is not a reliable method of investigation and Smith admits his tweets could expose him to a host of lawsuits if he misidentifies someone. He’s already been accused of mistakenly naming an Arkansas engineering student as one of marchers in Friday’s Charlottesville rally. Smith denies the charge.

He insists that he confirms the identities of all of protesters before calling them out in a tweet by comparing their photos to other publicly available images and combing through previous posts on social media.

Image: Peter Cvjetanovic (C) along with Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists encircle and chant at counter protesters at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches.
Peter Cvjetanovic (C) along with Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists encircle and chant at counter protesters at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia., Aug.11, 2017. Samuel Corum / Getty Images

“In many cases these people were posting white supremacist propaganda on their profiles, so it wasn’t hard to determine who these people were,” he said.

Although many of Smith’s 300,000 Twitter followers seem to find his brand of retribution appealing, the practice of naming and shaming alleged white supremacists has brought out a darker side of the internet on both the left and the right.

Related: Fallon Delivers Emotional Charlottesville Monologue: ‘We Can’t Go Back’

Since Saturday, Smith said he’s received a spate of death threats against both himself and his family.

But so has University of Nevada Reno student Peter Cvjetanovic, who was among the first men Smith identified after Friday’s protest.

Nazis are marching without fear. Counterprotesters are getting mowed down in the street.

Whether you like or not, it’s time to pick a side. pic.twitter.com/LY2ZdAQ8pw

You can either actively oppose white supremacy, or you can silently support it. There is no other option. Silence is consent. 

“I understand the photo is very bad looking, but I don’t believe you should threaten my family,” Cvjetanovic told NBC News’s Jo Ling Kent. “To me that’s monstrous. You can call me Nazi, you can hate my ideology, but I wouldn’t threaten anyone.”

Smith scoffed at the idea that the men who marched and fought over the weekend did not intend to intimidate or threaten anyone and he vows to continue naming and shaming alleged white supremacists, no matter the personal cost.

“Intimidation tactics are how these people work — it’s how they’ve worked back since the days of the KKK burning crosses in people’s yards,”he said.

“That’s how they win. Bigotry thrives on silence. It requires people to say nothing — and I refuse to let that happen.”

Richard Spencer (White Idiot, Zionist) is ‘happy’ Trump didn’t blame white nationalists for Charlottesville

WASHINGTON — Richard Spencer is pleased with the president.

A white supremacist and one of the leading figures of the alt-right, Spencer said he was “happy” US President Donald Trump did not initially fault his movement for the deadly turn Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally took in Charlottesville, Virginia.

After the rally, which was organized to protest the city’s plans to remove a statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee, ended in a 20-year-old Ohio man ramming his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring 19 others, Trump addressed the nation.

He condemned “in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides.” He then repeated for emphasis: “On many sides.”

Trump’s words Saturday quickly prompted widespread outrage, as many saw them as suggesting a false equivalence between the white supremacists and their opponents, while pointedly failing to specify who was in the wrong.

US President Donald Trump speaks about the ongoing situation in Charlottesville, Virginia, at Trump National Golf Club, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

But for Spencer, the most prominent member of the alt-right who attended the demonstration, Trump was sending a message that was reassuring.

“I was happy that he didn’t claim that white nationalists created these problems” in Charlottesville, Spencer told The Times of Israel on Monday. “I think in his gut he knows that we are not the ones aggressing.”

Asked if he felt personally condemned by the president’s Saturday statement, Spencer said: “No.”

It took two days and unceasing pressure until Trump was willing to take a stronger stance, saying “racism is evil” from a podium at the White House on Monday and calling out white nationalists by name.

Klan members salute during a KKK rally in Justice Park Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

“Those who cause violence in its name are criminal and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” Trump said.

On Friday evening, hundreds of torch-wielding white supremacists marched through the bucolic University of Virginia campus, shouting racist and anti-Semitic slogans like “Jews will not replace us” and “blood and soil” (an English translation of the Nazi chant, “blut und bodes”).

On Saturday, the rally erupted into more mayhem. Before the car ramming carried out by a 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer that killed a 32-year-old woman, there were tirades of racial taunting, skirmishes of pushing and shoving, and outright fighting as demonstrators marched the streets hoisting Confederate and Nazi insignia.

Things quickly got to the point where Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard.

These gestures, associated with Adolf Hitler’s attempt to exterminate European Jewry, did not bother Spencer. “This was an open event,” he said. “People are expressing themselves.”

(Spencer first gained prominence in November when he was videotaped “hailing” Trump while others made a Nazi salute.)

White nationalist Richard Spencer, center, and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police in Lee Park after the 'Unite the Right' rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)

For the rest of Saturday, White House officials stood by Trump’s declaration that “many sides” were to blame for what happened in Charlottesville.

When asked to clarify the remarks, an administration official said, “The president was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides. There was violence between protesters and counter protesters today.”

It wasn’t until 12:09 p.m. on Sunday that an unnamed White House official said of the president’s remarks: “Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.”

And while Vice President Mike Pence directly condemned the alt-right in a Sunday news conference in Cartagena, Colombia, saying “we have no tolerance for hate and violence from white supremacists, neo-Nazis or the KKK,” Spencer noted that such words did not originally come from the president himself.

“A lot of these people like Pence, I mean, he’s not particularly bright,” Spencer said. “I’m sure he’s just morally signaling about how, ‘We condemn this and we condemn that.’”

One of the lines in Trump’s Saturday remarks that Spencer found “interesting” was when the president said: “We must love each other, respect each other, and cherish our history and our future together. So important. We have to respect each other. Ideally, we have to love each other.”

Besides finding much of that sentiment “kumbaya,” Spencer thought the part of encouraging Americans to “cherish our history” had resonance for him and other white nationalists.

The impetus for the rally, after all, was to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.

The statue of Confederat Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in the center of Emancipation Park the day after the Unite the Right rally devolved into violence August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)

“That was a very interesting comment,” Spencer said. “I think there is reason to believe he wants an America where we can look back upon the Civil War as a deeply tragic event, but we can honor great men, like Robert E. Lee.”

Trump’s “slogan ‘Make America Great Again’ is an inherently nostalgic slogan or backwards-looking slogan about returning something,” he added.

Lee, a general who commanded the Confederate Army of North Virginia in the American Civil War, in which he, a slave-owner himself, defended the American South’s authority to own people as slaves because they were black.

He is often viewed as a hero to white supremacists, and any attempts to remove statues of him or other Confederate figures are met with intense resistance from people like Spencer, who oppose America’s embrace of multiculturalism as an assault on his “white heritage.”

Trump has never said anything endorsing those views. But Spencer said his campaign rhetoric and response to Charlottesville might have given him a signal.

“I think he does want to be in that America,” Spencer said. “But what’s actually in Trump’s head or Trump’s heart, I can’t say.”

White nationalists vow Charlottesville is just the beginning

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Emboldened and proclaiming victory after a bloody weekend in Virginia, white nationalists are planning more demonstrations to promote their agenda following the violence that left a woman dead and dozens injured.

The University of Florida said white provocateur Richard Spencer, whose appearances sometimes stoke unrest, is seeking permission to speak there next month. And white nationalist Preston Wiginton said he is planning a “White Lives Matter” rally at Texas A&M University in September.

Also, a neo-Confederate group has asked the state of Virginia for permission to rally at a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond on Sept. 16, and other events are likely.

“We’re going to be more active than ever before,” Matthew Heimbach, a white nationalist leader, said Monday.

James Alex Fields Jr., a young man who was said to idolize Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany in high school, was charged with killing a woman by slamming a car into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally Sunday in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In this Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 photo, James Alex Fields Jr., second from left, holds a black shield in Charlottesville, Va., where a white supremacist rally took place. Fields was later charged with second-degree murder and other counts after authorities say he plowed a car into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalist rally. (Alan Goffinski via AP)

Fields, 20, who recently moved to Ohio from his home state of Kentucky, was held without bail on murder charges. He was photographed at the rally behind a shield bearing the emblem of the white nationalist Vanguard America, though the group denied he was a member.

Two state troopers also died Sunday when their helicopter crashed during an effort to contain the violence.

The US Justice Department said it will review the violence, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions told ABC that the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer, 32, met the definition of domestic terrorism.

White nationalists said they were undaunted.

Flowers surround a photo of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting against the white supremacist Unite the Right rally, August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)

Heimbach, who said he was pepper-sprayed during the melee in Charlottesville, called the event Saturday “an absolute stunning victory” for the far right because of the large number of supporters who descended on the city to decry plans to remove a statue of Lee.

Hundreds of white nationalists, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and others were involved, by some estimates, in what Heimbach, leader of the Traditionalist Workers Party, called the nation’s biggest such event in a decade or more. Even more opponents turned out, and the two sides clashed violently.

A neo-Nazi website that helped promote the gathering said there will be more events soon.

“We are going to start doing this nonstop. Across the country,” said the site, which internet domain host GoDaddy said it was shutting down after it mocked the woman killed in Charlottesville.

The head of the National Socialist Movement, Jeff Schoep, said Charlottesville was a “really good” white nationalist event that was being overshadowed by the deaths. “Any time someone loses their life it’s unfortunate,” he said.

White nationalist Richard Spencer, center, and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police in Lee Park after the 'Unite the Right' rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)

He blamed the violence on inadequate police protection and counter-demonstrators and said he doubts white nationalists will be deterred from attending more such demonstrations.

Preserving memorials to the Old South has become an animating force for the white nationalist movement, not because all members are Southern, Schoep said, but because adherents see the drive to remove such monuments as part of a larger, anti-white crusade.

“It’s an assault on American freedoms. Today it’s Confederate monuments. Tomorrow it may be the Constitution or the American flag,” Schoep said.

At the University of Florida, where Spencer has asked to speak, President W. Kent Fuchs called the events in Virginia “deplorable” but indicated school officials might be unable to block his appearance.

“While this speaker’s views do not align with our values as an institution, we must follow the law, upholding the First Amendment not to discriminate based on content and provide access to a public space,” Fuchs said in a message on the university’s Facebook page.

Auburn University spent almost $30,000 in legal fees in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent Spencer from speaking on its campus in Alabama in April.

White nationalists chant ‘Jews will not replace us’ as they march with torches in Virginia



Chanting “blood and soil,” “white lives matter” and “you will not replace us,” scores of white nationalists holding torches marched across the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Friday night.

Scuffles broke out between them and a small group of counter-protesters calling themselves “anti-fascists” who were surrounded as they demonstrated in advance of Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, which is expected to be one of the largest far-right gatherings in the U.S. in at least a decade.

Police soon cleared away the demonstrators, according to reporters at the scene.

“The fear we instill in them today only fuels our victory tomorrow,” one rally supporter wrote on Twitter, in a message retweeted by Richard Spencer, one of the nation’s most prominent white nationalists, who is attending the weekend’s events in Virginia.

Spencer also tweeted a selfie, showing him smiling with the marchers’ tiki torches in the background.

“I am safe. I am not fine,” one of the counter-protesters, Emily Gorcenski, tweeted, saying that white nationalists had attacked her group. “What I just witnessed was the end of America.”

Pictures and video of the nighttime march spread rapidly across social media, where many black and left-leaning Americans expressed disgust at the imagery, which to them recalled torch-lit Ku Klux Klan rallies of yesteryear.

“This is a disgrace,” tweeted Martese Johnson, a black University of Virginia alumnus who gained notoriety in 2015 when he was bloodied by police as a student. “I do not believe this is happening on my university’s campus.” (The university is currently between its summer and fall semesters, when more students would be on campus.)

Charlottesville’s mayor expressed outrage at the gathering of white nationalists, who at one point stopped to pay tribute to a statue of Thomas Jefferson, a founding father who owned slaves.

“When I think of candlelight, I want to think of prayer vigils,” wrote Mayor Mike Signer in a Facebook post.

“Today, in 2017,” he continued, “we are instead seeing a cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march” in the hometown “of the architect of our Bill of Rights.”

Noting that everyone has a First Amendment right of assembly and free speech, he said, “Here’s mine: Not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus.”

For weeks, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other far-right figures have been preparing for Saturday’s rally, occasionally running into obstacles as the home-rental company Airbnb banned far-right users for violating the company’s anti-racism policies.

The city had also objected to the demonstrators’ hoped-for gathering spot — the formerly named Lee Park, where the city has ordered the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The city sought to block the rally at the park now called Emancipation Park.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties and human rights group based in Charlottesville, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the city on behalf of the rally organizers. The suit said that the city was unconstitutionally infringing on the demonstrators’ First Amendment rights by directing them to go to a different park.

The city contended that its request wasn’t prompted by the white nationalists’ political beliefs, but because the one-acre Emancipation Park would be too small for the number of demonstrators expected to arrive in the city on Saturday.

But Friday night, a judge sided with the white nationalists and ordered the city to allow them to gather in Emancipation Park, where local leaders promise to have hundreds of law enforcement officials monitoring events.

How the Alt-Right and White Nationalists in the US Were Co-Opted by the Russians



Renegade Editor’s Note: This should not come as a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. ‘Putin’s Brain’ Alexander Dugin, the founder of the National Bolvshevik Party, has intimate ties to David Duke, Matt Heimbach, Red Ice, Counter Currents, Richard Spencer, Alex Jones, and more. Just look at how Putin is worshiped as a hero by supposed White nationalists, even though Putin was named Israel’s Man of the Year in 2015 and subsequently outlawed questioning the Holocaust, criticizing the Red Army, engaging in ‘anti-semitic’ Biblical commentary, and using many nationalist symbols.

Also, this author is not a White Nationalist, so he does use the term “White supremacist,” which is an anti-White slur.


The League of the South, David  Duke, Jared Taylor, Sam Dixon (Richard Spencer’s lawyer), Kevin McDonald, the American Freedom Party, and the Traditionalist Youth Network. It reads like a list of attendees for a conference of Alt-Right and White Nationalists. Add the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, Golden Dawn of Greece, Issuy-Ka of Japan, Dayaar Mongol of Mongolia, The Russian Imperial Movement, and a litany of other groups from around the world and it’s a collection of nationalist organizations that have nothing in common except nationalism. Each organization proclaims they are the defenders of their respective nations. Except they do have one thing in common; they have membership histories in a single organization: The World National-Conservative Movement.

TFC Editor’s Note: A document dump provided exclusively to The Fifth Column by “Spartacus”, an activist engaged in activities similar to those described in a recent article by TFC, provided context for seemingly unrelated events. To protect the identity of the source, The Fifth Column has located many of those same documents, or documents showing the same evidence, online. They are linked throughout the article. 

A roster of people and organizations involved in the movement was provided to The Fifth Column. Almost identical rosters can be found on the Russian watchdog The Sova Center’s website, the Vanguard News Network’s forums (a news organization sporting the tagline: “No Jews. Just Right”), and on the Nordic Resistance Council’s website. The Nordic Resistance Council declined to join the movement formally but was “open to cooperation”. According to Spartacus and renowned scholar on the Far-Right, Anton Shekhovtsov, The World National-Conservative Movement (WCNM) sprang forth during the International Russian Conservative Forum in 2015.

The WCNM seeks to create a worldwide nationalist movement in which each nation’s groups act as a state subordinate to the movement. In other words, The nationalists are really globalists. Seeking to create a Nationalist World Order. The organization’s manifesto states national differences should be put aside so global cooperation can begin:

Between many of us remain many unforgotten historical grievances, religious disagreements, territorial claims and other conflicts. However, in the presence of such serious menaces on the global scale, as a result of which we all suffer, these conflicts are less important to the existence of our nations, cultures and religions.

Victory of the conservative revolution even in one country without fail will provide an example for other countries. For this reason it is necessary to support each other in terms of information and organization. For that purpose it is necessary to form a worldwide national-conservative movement.

According to Shekhovstov WNCM is a different breed than typical nationalist groups because it is transnational and because it seeks to create “training camps”:

In particular, the WNCM is going to create an information network consisting of the web-sites and pages on social networks as a platform for exchanging information and experience, defend “persecuted national-conservatives and activists” by petitioning the governments, provide “humanitarian help” to Serbs in Kosovo, Christians of the Middle East, and “inhabitants of Novorossia” – a region in Eastern Ukraine occupied by Russia-backed separatists. It should be noted that, in April 2014, Rodina and the Russian Imperial Movement formed the All-Russian Social Movement “For Novorossiya” that called for the annexation of not only Crimea but most of Ukraine’s territory too.

A more frightening part of the programme is the intention of the WNCM to organise “joint camps for military and athletic instruction” and form volunteer international brigades that would be used in zones of military conflict. This is hardly surprising that one of the organisations invited to take part in the WNCM is “Unité Continentale” that was formed in summer 2014 by French and Serbian ultranationalists who volunteered to go to Eastern Ukraine to support Russia-backed separatists. Moreover, in July-August 2015, the Russian Imperial Movement advertised a week-long military camp called “Partisan” and invited men to learn survival techniques, urban guerrilla tactics, military topography, as well as practicing with Kalashnikovs and other weapons.

Spartacus concurs with the assessment and pointed to a recent raid on a paramilitary training camp in Germany.

As mentioned earlier, the idea for WNCM is believed to have its genesis at the 2015 International Russian Conservative Forum (IRCF). A second IRCF was held in April of this year. Indeed many of the organizations on the roster were present at the 2015 event, as revealed in emails of the British government released under the Freedom of Information Act.  According to the emails:

St Petersburg hosted the “International Conservative Forum” over the
weekend of 21-22 March, a gathering of European far-right political parties
organised by Rodina (Russian right wing party). The aim of the event
according to the organisers was to unite Russian and EU conservative forces
“in the context of European sanctions against Russia and the US pressure on
European countries and Russia”. There were representatives of far-right
political parties or organisations from the following countries:
2. Nick Griffin and Jim Dowson (a Scottish anti-abortion campaigner) formed the
UK delegation. The French National Front was absent, reportedly because
they felt attendance could jeopardise results at the forthcoming French
municipal elections.

Although the United States was not listed in the British emails, The Fifth Column obtained a copy of a resolution signed at the conference. It bears the signature of a Jared Taylor representing the American Renaissance. Both Jared Taylor and American Renaissance are on the roster for the WNCM.

This document begins to set the tone for what may be the greatest Russian intelligence operation of all time. A .pdf of the document is available on the IRCF’s website. The entire text of the document is meant to establish Europe as a Russian sphere of influence. It calls for an end to NATO and for the creation of a European collective security organization. Then it makes certain to note that Russia is “a member of the extensive European family”. The document’s “main goal”, however, is to establish a “progressive world order”. All of this was done against the backdrop of the 2015 Ukraine crisis.

Shortly after this conference, one of the driving forces behind the WNCM, the Russian Imperial Movement, began funding nationalist groups in other countries. It should be noted these same people provided 30 million Rubles in “humanitarian aid” to far-right fighters in Ukraine. The aid consisted of drones, combat boots, and communication equipment.

The Czechs have had their own issues with the WNCM and the IRCF. On page 23 of a document detailing Russian connections to far-right paramilitary groups in their country, it begins spelling out the connections between WNCM, the IRCF, and Rodina (a Russian political party):

ND joined the “World National-Conservative Movement” in 2015. According to Anton Shekhovtsov, 46 the political party Motherland (Rodina) stands behind the creation of this movement. A member of Motherland Yuriy Lyubomirskiy is the chair of the organising committee of the World National-Conservative Movement. Its members are far-right political parties and organizations from Europe and the USA, such as the Golden Down, Falanga, the National Democratic Party of Germany, Jobbik, British Unity and the American Freedom Party. It has more than 50 members altogether. Some of the parties invited to participate in the Movement had already been participants in the International Russian Conservative Forum, which took place in St. Petersburg in March 2015. The forum was organized by the party Motherland (Rodina), which was founded by current Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

While Russian backing of far-right paramilitaries is known in intelligence and some academic circles, the Western reader may be surprised to find out the Kremlin’s activities are not limited to Eastern Europe, or even Europe at all.  In 2016, the Kremlin paid tens of thousands of dollars to put up secessionists from not just the thought of places like Northern Ireland, Basqueland, Catalonia, and so on; but also from Texas, California, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii.

Unremarkably, Alt-right and white nationalists groups have championed the same cause. Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Workers Party was headed to Cleveland around that same time in 2016. A contemporary article mentions his organization’s goals:

Heimbach’s party promotes a handful of hard-right goals, ranging from the creation of ethnically separate polities to the revocation of birthright citizenship in the US. It also seeks the removal of US authority from “occupied territories” – including states like Hawaii.”

Heimbach spoke of attending a nationalist conference organized by the Russian Imperial Movement in the same article. Heimbach said it was the “first step towards creating an official nationalist umbrella organization for Traditionalists around the globe.”

In the past, Heimbach has called for the breakup of the United States to create white-only nations.

At this point, the connections between White Supremacists in the United States and the Russian Imperial Movement are plain, admitted, and exposed. The reader can’t visit many of the Alt-Right’s or White Nationalist’s websites without finding some article praising the Russian Imperial Movement. So, what is the Russian Imperial Movement?

It’s the Russian government. As noted above in the Czech document, the Imperial Movement was the brainchild of the Rodina Party. One of its co-founders was Dmitry Rogozin, a Russian Ambassador to NATO and Deputy Prime Minister for Defense and Space Industry in Russia. In fact, when a member of the Legislative Assembly in St. Petersburg objected to the IRCF being held there and asked for an investigation, she was shut down by the prosecutor’s office. The IRCF brags about it on their site:

St. Petersburg Prosecutor S.I. Litvinenko did not find ‘reason to initiate in front of the Russian Federation General Prosecutor’s Office the issue of recognition activities of such organizations undesirable in the Russian Federation.’”

To recap, elements within Russia’s defense apparatus founded Rodina, which in turn founded the Russian Imperial Movement. The Russian Imperial Movement funds far-right militants all over the world and pressures them into signing documents that support the creation of a Russian sphere of influence in Europe and a weakening of the United States. Prominent Alt-Right and White Nationalists have ties to the Russian Imperial Movement, and at least one has signed such a document. These are verifiable facts.

Just as the United States intelligence community seeks out and sponsors dissidents in foreign countries to spark rebellion and increase the US sphere of influence, the Russian government does the same thing. In this case, it appears it built a movement incorporating nationalists from all over the world and conned them into becoming tools of Russian foreign policy.

Groups whose members consider themselves patriots have been co-opted by the Russian government and are simply fulfilling the wishes of Moscow. Those in the Alt-Right and White Nationalist movements who consider Russia an ally should remember the moment they allied with the Russian Imperial Movement, they became intelligence assets for the Russian government. Intelligence assets are used and then discarded. Whether intentional or not, these “patriots” have given up on their country and are serving a foreign power’s wishes.

Incidentally, the only advertisement on the IRCF website is a permanent ad in support of the campaign of now President Donald Trump. It directed users to a website that has been taken offline but is archived here. Readers will notice the only two links on the site are a link back to the IRCF page and one to GoDuma.Ru.

A special note to members of these co-opted groups: Our sources and informants were able to put this together. Why wasn’t your leadership capable of doing the same?

This article originally appeared on The Fifth Column and was republished here with permission.

Michael Collins Piper: White Nationalists as Zionist Tools



The White Nationalist movement around the world is under siege from Zionist agents. Every place you turn of late we see yet another group or person all of a sudden do a total back flip and come out openly supporting Israel.

Photo published for Piers Morgan in extraordinary 20 minute row with ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson on Good Morning...

Piers Morgan in extraordinary 20 minute row with ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson on Good Morning…

PIERS Morgan tore into former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson this morning as the pair went head-to-head on Good Morning Britain. Piers blasted Robinson, saying: “Show some damn …


Please note that this audio from Michael Collins Piper is from 2011, well before the massive Muslim invasion, which was orchestrated by jews so as empty greater Israel and pit Europeans and Muslims against each other in a clash of civilizations. This not only takes the focus off of jewish leadership, but actually gets duped nationalists to do the jews’ dirty work for them! While Michael seems to have been influenced a bit by Mark Glenn, who held pro-Muslim and anti-White views, I sincerely hope you listen to what he says here and then take a good hard look at the traitorous “leadership” we have in White Nationalism.

GOP Rep. Steve King’s (White Freemason, White Idiot) Statements Are Outrageous, but His White Nationalist Policies Are Even More of a Threat

Iowa Representative Steve King provoked widespread outrage this week for making, and then defending, white-supremacist statements in support of Geert Wilders, the leader of the Dutch fascist Party for Freedom, in the leadup to the Netherlands’ Wednesday election.

“Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” King tweeted Sunday, linking to a Voice of Europe website image depicting Wilders’ virulent Islamophobia as a defense of European “civilization.”

King’s remarks are in line with his long-standing track record of making racist claims that people of color, immigrants and Muslims pose a threat to “white purity.”

While King’s racist rhetoric has earned him the opprobrium of pundits and social media alike, lesser noticed are the far-right policies he is aggressively pushing, with the help of his Republican colleagues in Washington. From hardline anti-immigration bills to school privatization acts, King’s initiatives cast him as a representative of the Trump-aligned forces at the helm of America’s political institutions, positioned to inflict material harm on countless people through actions, not just words.

A Republican representative for northeastern Iowa since 2003, King first threw his support behind presidential candidate Ted Cruz before making the jump to Trump. He has emerged as an enthusiastic proponent of Trump’s proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, a region already lined with walls and fences and featuring a heavily militarized U.S. presence.

King, who ran the company King Construction before his son took over, claims to have designed his own wall, stating on his website, “My concrete wall would function as both a human and vehicle barrier, inspired by the success of the concrete wall in Israel. My design is cost-efficient, easy to construct and impenetrable. This design would funnel illegal traffic to our ports of entry, where it can be reasonably controlled by our nation’s customs and border patrol agents.” He recently said he sent his construction plans to John Kelly, who now heads the Department of Homeland Security.

As vice chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration, King introduced the “Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017,” which targets the children of undocumented immigrants by terminating the process by which they are automatically granted citizenship if they are born in the United States. This is just one of several attempts by King to advance such legislation, and now he is doing so with 22 co-sponsors. If passed, the bill would rip families apart and put children at an increased risk of incarceration, abuse and forcible expulsion.

Notably, King appears to have allies in the Trump administration. Vice President Mike Pence said last fall that Trump’s then-proposed immigration commission would “look at all of our immigration laws, including the whole question of ‘anchor babies'” (a derogatory term referring to children whose parents are not U.S. citizens).

Like Trump, King is an anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim hardliner who has received the political backing of European fascist leaders, as well as domestic white supremacists, including former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke.

Since Trump’s inauguration, King has introduced a flurry of far-right initiatives that are in line with the new administration’s policies. These include an act advancing school privatization, a proposed repeal of the EB-5 visa waiver program and an anti-worker “national right to work act.” King recently introduced a bill allowing the U.S. government to revoke the citizenship of “Americans who knowingly join or provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations such as ISIS.” Notably, Ted Cruz presented the companion bill to the Senate, with the co-sponsorship of Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Mike Lee (R-UT). King also proposed a “Resolution Rebuking the Courts’ Actions Against President Trump’s Executive Order” on immigration, a clear effort to shore up support for Trump’s travel ban targeting Muslims.

In light of these policy positions, King’s rhetoric throws into relief the racist forces taking power in the U.S. and Europe. In September 2016, King published a tweet showing a photograph of himself standing alongside the European fascist leaders Frauke Petry and Geert Wilders with the phrase, “Cultural suicide by demographic transformation must end.” The language is a reference to the racist tenet that “white purity” is under threat.

During an MSNBC panel discussion hosted by Chris Hayes in July, King argued that white people have made the most valuable contributions to civilization. “This whole ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired,” he said. “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about? Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”

In September 2014, King called on the U.S. government to indiscriminately spy on mosques, allegedly to target ISIS recruitment. Speaking with the Deace show, he said of ISIS recruiters: “So they have a network that they flow in. And it isn’t that all Muslims are [supporters] of ISIS, but the network that flows through the mosques is certainly the communications center. We ought to be looking at this dot to dot. And we ought to have people in those mosques watching to see what’s going on.”

The surveillance of mosques and Muslim communities spread under the Obama and George W. Bush administrations. During the 2016 presidential elections, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump called for police to patrol Muslim neighborhoods, echoing King’s earlier policy prescriptions.

Muslims aren’t the only targets of King’s racist rants. In a 2013 interview with the right-wing outlet Newsmax, he insulted undocumented children by employing racist and xenophobic stereotypes. “For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds—and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” he stated.

Sarah Lazare is a staff writer for AlterNet. A former staff writer for Common Dreams, she coedited the book About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahlazare.

Barack Obama (Nigger) Handed a Lethal Deportation Machine to Trump’s Gang of White Nationalists

On January 18, Barack Obama used his final press conference as president to pledge to the public that he will speak up if the administration of Donald Trump crosses a line, whether that’s imposing “systematic discrimination” or silencing the press. “There’s a difference between that normal functioning of politics and certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values may be at stake,” Obama told journalists assembled in the White House briefing room. “I would put in that category efforts to round up kids who have grown up here and for all practical purposes are American kids, and send them someplace else, when they love this country.”

Yet the president’s palliative remarks that afternoon concealed a more harrowing truth: sweeps and forced expulsions of children would not constitute a break with norms of his own administration, which oversaw more deportations than any other in U.S. history. During Obama’s tenure, mass incarceration of mothers and their children became a mainstay of the U.S. response to the violent displacement of peoples across Central America. And amidst the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, Obama has greatly expanded the U.S. deportation machine, overseeing a higher number of border patrols than any previous administration. That deportation machine is now being handed to Trump, whose administration is aggressively delivering on his fascist and white supremacist campaign pledges to slam the door on refugees and migrants.

“We have to remain vigilant of what Obama’s actual policies were, and not just pay attention to the rhetoric,” Tania Unzueta, an organizer with the Chicago-based Organized Communities Against Deportation (OCAD) and Mijente, told AlterNet. “If you look at the actual policies from the White House and how they impacted our communities, it is obvious that the policies were bad and were harming people.”

Forced Expulsions

During his tenure, Obama forcibly deported more than 2.5 million people—a figure that does not include those refused entry at the border, self-deported due to the climate of fear or died trying to reach safe haven. This number of expulsions is not only unprecedented, but marked an increase of 23 percent from the George W. Bush administration.

These deportations played out in harrowing scenes across the country, right through the final year of Obama’s presidency. In the beginning of 2016, former Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson presided over a significant escalation in raids targeting immigrants, migrants and refugees primarily from Central American countries. “Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents barged into homes, even when asked for warrants at the door, removing mothers and children as young as 4 years old,” the advocacy organization Not1More Deportation reported in January 2016.

This targeting accelerated last spring, with ICE boasting in May that it had “arrested 331 individuals during a month-long operation targeting criminal aliens and other immigration violators in six Midwestern states.” When Johnson was invited to deliver the commencement address at the Nashville-based Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School last May, he was shouted down by community members, including teachers of nine high school students who had been detained since the beginning of the year. “Education, not deportation! Stop the raids!” the protesters chanted.

But these violent sweeps date back further still. In December 2013, the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice released a report detailing an ICE-enforced program of “race-based community raids” known as the Criminal Alien Removal Initiative. According to Saket Soni, the executive director of the workers’ center, the program enforced “indiscriminate community raids at apartment complexes, grocery stores, laundromats, Bible study groups, and parks based purely on racial profiling. Often working with local law enforcement, New Orleans ICE arrests people who appear Latino and uses high-tech mobile bio-metric devices, first created for U.S. military use in Iraq and Afghanistan, to conduct immediate bio-metric record checks. Most people are handcuffed before the fingerprinting begins, and based on the results, many are immediately separated from their families and transported to ICE detention centers for deportation.”

Unzueta said that such raids give a glimpse of what an escalated crackdown could look like under Trump. “We know a little bit about how these raids could look because they were done under Obama,” she said.

Increased Criminalization

The spike in deportations has been coupled with the continuation of the country’s unrivaled prison industrial complex. Shortly after Obama was elected, he expanded the so-called “Secure Communities” program created under George W. Bush. Established as a collaboration between DHS and the Department of Justice, Secure Communities relied on collaboration between local, state and federal law enforcement to target undocumented people ensnared in the criminal justice system and labeled “criminals.” The program has worsened racial profiling and escalated the criminalization and deportation of undocumented people across the United States. Advocates have long decried the division of undocumented people into “good” and “bad” immigrants based on their incarceration histories, underscoring that everyone deserves to be treated wtih respect and dignity.

Under George W. Bush, the program existed in only 14 counties. In 2009, that number ballooned to 88. By 2012, it was ubiquitous across the country. Thanks to sustained grassroots resistance led by the communities targeted, Obama announced in 2014 that he was ending the program. But its replacement—the Priority Enforcement Program—still relies on the targeting of people caught in the prison industrial complex.

Meanwhile, Obama escalated prosecutions against people seeking to move across the U.S. border. Marisa Franco and Carlos Garcia noted for The Nation in June, “Within two years of coming into office, President Obama doubled the number of people being prosecuted for reentry by expanding Bush’s border-court system, Operation Streamline, which tries up to 70 people per day in a cattle line of sentences. The experiment went from three jurisdictions in 2008 to every single border sector except California by 2010. From the time of its invention in 2005 to just four years later in 2009, Streamline sent over 209,000 individuals to serve federal prison sentences for no reason other than crossing the border.”

The rise in criminal prosecutions impacted borderlands as well as the internal United States. The advocacy organization Grassroots Leadership reported in 2012 that “From 2008 to 2011, unauthorized re-entry convictions (8 U.S.C. § 1326) in court districts not on the Southwest border increased by the greatest margin of any four-year period in history, more than double that of the previous four years.”

Meanwhile, Obama expanded the 287(g) program, which was authorized in 1996 by former President Bill Clinton. According to ICE, the program “allows a state or local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with ICE, under a joint Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), in order to receive delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions.” The program expanded immigration enforcement powers to local police, giving them the authority target undocumented people in the streets and in jails, leading to an escalation in racial profiling. While the Obama administration later partially scaled back 287(g), Trump has referenced this initiative and Secure Communities as models to emulate and “revitalize.”

The Obama years have not been without hard-fought gains by the immigrant justice movement. The Dreamer movement of undocumented students successfully pressed Obama to take executive action in 2012 and pass Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). But even this reform, which grants limited deportation reprieve to some undocumented young people who came to the country as children, is being targeted by the Trump administration. Now, those Dreamers who fought for DACA are teaming up with undocumented people across the country to build Movimiento Cosecha, or Harvest Movement. They are preparing to go on the offensive during the Trump years, building towards the ultimate goal of launching “massive civil resistance and non-cooperation” to defend the dignity and safety of the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States.

Family Incarceration

In 2014, the mass detention of families fleeing violence and poverty in Central America became the cornerstone of Obama’s response to the displacement crisis, which was exacerbated by U.S. policies in the region. As the Detention Watch Network explains, “Family detention is the inhumane and unjust policy of jailing immigrant mothers with their children – including babies. Upon arrival in the U.S., families are locked up in remote and punitive detention centers, with little access to legal and social services, often experiencing widespread human and civil rights violations.”

The large-scale incarceration of children was condemned by human rights organizations, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a survivor of a World War II-era Japanese-American internment camp. And it has been loudly protested by detained mothers, who have waged repeated hunger strikes and issued public letters decrying their conditions and indefinite detention.

“We are desperate because this will be the second Christmas that our children have to spend here,” seventeen prisoners at the Berks County Family Detention Center wrote to state authorities ahead of the 2016 holiday season. “This is in addition to all the other special dates—such as the birthdays of our children and our own, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc.—that we have had to spend in this jail… We ask you, seventeen desperate mothers, to give the biggest gift to our children of being able to spend Christmas among family.”

In an August 10 open letter to Jeh Johnson, 22 mothers imprisoned at the Berks Family Residential Center wrote, “Our children, who range in age from 2 to 16, have been deprived of a normal life. We are already traumatized from our countries of origin. We risked our own lives and those of our children so we could arrive on safe ground. While here, our children have considered committing suicide, made desperate from confinement. The teenagers say that being here, life makes no sense. One of our children said he wanted to break the window to jump out and end this nightmare.”

Yet, the Obama administration has aggressively fought court efforts to shut down these family prisons, leaving intact an infrastructure that allows U.S. authorities to incarcerate thousands of mothers and their children.

Family internment does not include the tens of thousands of other people who have been detained on immigration charges, a number that ICE put at 42,000 last year. High levels of incarceration have fed the booming private prison industry, even as it supposedly fell out of favor with the Obama administration’s justice department. Like family detention centers, private and public immigration prisons have faced rolling hunger strikes. Immigrant detention is consistent with the U.S. track record of remaining, under Obama, the world’s largest jailer by far.

Border Militarization

Obama’s funneling of public resources to ICE and other deportation initiaves has aided and abetted these nationwide sweeps. According to the American Immigration Council, “The number of Border Patrol agents deployed between ports of entry roughly doubled from 10,717 in FY 2003 to 21,394 in FY 2012. At the same time, the number of CBP officers working at ports of entry grew from 17,279 to 21,423. And the number of ICE agents devoted to Enforcement and Removal Operations more than doubled from 2,710 to 6,338.”

Immigration authorities are responsible for the systematic disappearing and deadly targeting of migrants, as outlined in a must-read report released in December 2016 by the Arizona-based organizations Derechos Humanos and No More Deaths/No Más Muertes. The Clinton-era “Prevention Through Deterrence” plan imposed in the mid-1990s has “pushed migration into increasingly remote corridors,” the report states. “In turn, Border Patrol agents have been tasked with apprehending migrants, refugees, and other border crossers in the isolated, vast expanses of wilderness between official ports of entry. With the exception of those border crossers who have already decided to surrender to border agents, the sole method of apprehension available to Border Patrol personnel is chase through deadly terrain.”

“Border Patrol agents chase border crossers through the remote terrain and utilize the landscape as a weapon to slow down, injure, and apprehend them,” the report states, noting that such chases “lead to heat exhaustion and dehydration, blisters and sprains, injuries due to falls, and drownings.” Meanwhile, border patrol agents “regularly assault border crossers at the culmination of a chase.” In remote areas, excessive force often takes the form of “beatings, Tasers, dog attacks, and assault with vehicles,” the report states.

The result is a crisis of deaths and missing persons in the borderlands. According to the report, which draws on the testimony of border crossers and hundreds of cases from the Missing Migrant Crisis Line, tens of thousands of people have disappeared since the 1990s, with 1,200 going missing last year alone. “We run as if we were blind, as if we had a cloth over our eyes,” one unnamed border crosser who suffered wounds after running into a barbed-wire fence, told researchers. “Border Patrol can see everything though, and they know where the fences and the cliffs are. They will chase you towards them.”

“The known disappearance of thousands of people in the remote wilderness of the U.S.-Mexico border zone marks one of the great historical crimes of our day,” the investigation concludes.

‘Remembering lessons’

“It’s really important to understand that there is already this massive deportation machine that was constructed by Obama,” Bethany Carson, researcher and organizer for Grassroots Leadership, told AlterNet. “The massive nature of our immigration enforcement system already is widely misunderstood and underestimated, as well as the fact that there is a very militarized border that is harder to cross than any time in our history.”

Carson warned that this apparatus is now in the hands of an even more dangerous administration. “The kind of prioritization Trump is doing is no prioritization at all,” she said. “The way he has expanded who he is prioritizing for deportation means every single immigrant who is now removable is going to be a priority. Now we are seeing that Trump is very willing to sign these authoritarian and outrageous executive orders that constitute an all-out attack on immigrant communities.”

Trump’s first two weeks in the White House have been met with growing resistance, as millions around the world have taken to the streets, flooded airports and protested American embassies. Communities are staging popular assemblies and holding trainings to prepare for rapid response to defend their neighbors against a potential spike in mass expulsions. Amid this groundswell is a nationwide push, led by undocumented communities and the Movement for Black Lives, demanding an expansion of sanctuary to defend everyone from state-sanctioned violence, including deportations, police violence and mass imprisonment.  This movement is not just calling for a return to Obama-era policies, but demanding an improvement on what came before so that real sanctuary is afforded to all: immigrants, refugees, Black, poor, Muslim and LGBTQ communities.

“We need to hold people to high standards,” said Unzueta. “We have to remember that Democrats have also pushed anti-immigrant policy. We have to remember the lessons we learned under Obama. The conversation about sanctuary cities is a popular response to that. We have seen that we need to deal with criminalization and police if we want true sanctuary in our cities and towns. We need to look beyond rhetoric and statements and look at how actual policies are affecting our communities.”

Sarah Lazare is a staff writer for AlterNet. A former staff writer for Common Dreams, she coedited the book About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahlazare.

Taking a page from Trump, white nationalist mocks critics onstage during Texas speech



COLLEGE STATION, Texas — It’s remarkable the difference a few Nazi salutes can make.

White nationalist and self-styled leader of the so-called “alt-right” movement, Richard Spencer, only managed to bring a few supporters to the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University on Tuesday night, but outside the ripple effect of his movement was obvious.

Spencer was largely known only to his extremist supporters and some journalists until a video went viral last month of him giving a speech in DC, during which his shouts of “hail Trump, hail victory, hail our people” were greeted with cheers and a handful of attendees giving the Nazi salute.

If people thought this historically conservative campus in deep red East Central Texas would welcome the newly famous white nationalist, a diverse crowd of hundreds of students and supporters rallied in the heart of the university to prove them wrong.

News of Spencer’s planned address had riled up the university’s students, also known as “Aggies,” who together with A&M officials, organized a host of counter-events including a silent march, a free concert in the massive football stadium, Kyle Field, and an energetic protest right outside the building where Spencer was speaking and where state riot police eventually had to clear the boisterous crowd.

In a sense, the scene bore some of the hallmarks of similar spectacles in Israel — a rally or speech by an extremist and a handful of supporters, outnumbered exponentially by media, counter-protesters, and the police.

Protesters fill the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University, where so-called alt-right leader Richard Spencer gave a speech on December 6, 2016. (Ricky Ben-David/Times of Israel)

Chanting “no Nazis, no KKK, no fascist USA,” the protesters held up a slew of posters and placards ranging from the direct — a depiction of Hitler with a gun in his mouth and the words “follow your leader” — to the mundane, such as a man dressed in a Santa suit holding up a sign that read: “Richard Spencer, you are on the naughty list.”

There were also American flags held aloft outside the student union, next to masked protesters carrying flags emblazoned with the anarchy symbol and one which bore the Communist hammer and sickle symbol, with a Kalashnikov in place of the hammer.

The chants were interrupted by a recording of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” coming from an oversized boombox, while a student singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” could be heard drifting out of the protest rally at Kyle Field.

Inside the lobby of the student center — a living memorial to students who died serving in WWI and WWII — protesters faced off with a handful of alt-right supporters who cited freedom of speech as their reason for demanding to hear Spencer speak, as well as one who loudly espoused Holocaust denial to whoever would listen.

The largely peaceful confrontation was interrupted by a man who shouted “Heil Hitler! Fuck all of you people” and then made a beeline for the door, much to the astonishment of those present. A woman debating with students who referred to herself as “racist and proud of it,” said the man’s outburst was “inappropriate” and “totally wrong.”

A man performs the Nazi salute outside an event hall at Texas A&M University on December 6, 2016, where the leader of the so-called alt-right movement, Richard Spencer, was speaking. (Ricky Ben-David/Times of Israel)

Inside the event hall, there were no Nazi salutes, unlike at the gathering last month in Washington, but Spencer gave a similar speech about the importance of the white race, issuing a call for white people to embrace their identity and regain control of America.

Twice during his address, he interrupted himself to mock and bully his critics.

As one woman who had been walking silently around the hall in a clown suit with a sign that read “he’s the real Bozo,” came back near the stage, Spencer said “she’s dancing, perhaps she’ll lose some weight,” to jeers and some cheers from the audience.

Richard Spencer breaks down what “race” is & why it’s important for Europeans to start identifying as a group.

He was on fire tonight.

In another instance, Spencer taunted a man wearing a T-shirt that said #BTHO hate — a reference to a football saying that A&M fans commonly cheer, hoping to “beat the hell outta” the opposing team — telling him: “You are a white coward. You are not even willing to do that. That t-shirt is total bullshit. You are not even willing to go to the gym. Look at how fat you are.”

Richard Spencer destroys man wearing violent shirt calling him a “white coward” while black supremacists try to shout Spencer down

Spencer seemed to be borrowing a page from US President-elect Donald Trump, whom he’s called an “alt-right hero,” and who routinely mocked opponents and critics — often from the stage — during his controversial campaign for the presidency.

Trump and the alt-right, Spencer said at a press conference prior to the event, “have a deep connection.” Trump for his part had disavowed the group, telling the New York Times last month that it was not a movement he wanted to “energize.”

At that same conference Tuesday, A&M’s Hillel campus Rabbi Matt Rosenberg invited Spencer to read Torah with him, saying “my tradition teaches a message of radical inclusion of love, love embodied by Torah, will you sit down and study Torah with me?”

“Ok, I can’t promise to study with you which is kind of a biggie. But I will promise to talk with you,” Spencer responded, before adding: “Do you really want radical inclusion into the state of Israel, and by that I mean, radical inclusion. Maybe all of the Middle East can go move into Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. Would you really want that? You’re not answering.

“The Jewish people, why are they a people? They are a people precisely because they did not engage in radical inclusion. Jews exist precisely because you did not assimilate with the gentiles…,” he said. “That is why Jews are a coherent people with a history, and a culture and a future. It’s because you had a sense of yourselves, I respect that. I want my people to have that same sense of themselves.”

.@tamu rabbi @aggiehillel asks Spencer if he would study the Torah with him

The university, which once considered opening a satellite campus in the northern Israeli-Arab town of Nazareth, had been grappling with a response to Spencer’s invitation to speak by alumnus Preston Wiginton, a white nationalist with deep ties to former KKK leader and avowed anti-Semite, David Duke.

“[O]ur leadership finds his views as expressed to date in direct conflict with our core values,” the university’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Amy Smith, said prior to the event. “Private citizens are permitted to reserve space available to the public as we are a public university, as is the case here.”

Spencer said he was “a little surprised” by what he termed the university’s overreaction but boasted that it was in his favor.

“It ultimately strengthens the alt-right and strengthens me,” Spencer told the Austin American-Statesman Tuesday. “They are declaring that we are so powerful that they must have … diversity rituals at football stadiums. It’s a lot better than being ignored.”

Alexis Sutter, 21, who is getting her degree in Biomedical Studies at A&M, said students were worried by Spencer’s event but understood that the university’s couldn’t stop it. “That’s why they had all these counter-events.”

“It’s an effective way for people to deal with this situation,” said Sutter, who had just finished writing “love is love is love is love” on a standing wall made of chalkboard where students had been writing messages highlighting unity and diversity all day.

Spencer himself had participated, in true troll fashion, signing the “Aggies United” protest wall with the words “we triggered the world — Richard Spencer.”

White nationalist Richard Spencer wrote on the Aggies United wall, “We triggered the world.”

Pakistani-American A&M student Samir Taruqui, 27, said he came to show solidarity with the protesters at the Aggies United event, and didn’t seem particularly worried about Spencer’s talk or the election of Trump.

“Personally I’m not worried but most of my [Muslim] friends are. I believe that perhaps some racists have been emboldened by the election, but it was always there.”

Justin Newcomb, 25, disagreed, claiming that the “era of white supremacy is gone” and that it should be “allowed to die” if only the media would let it.

Newcomb, an Orthodox Jew who does not attend A&M, drove three hours from Dallas to see the protests. He said the media attention given to the so-called alt-right was “creating more support for the movement.”

“If we gave them no voice, then they’ll go away…with less attention, there will be less white supremacy,” he said.

Riot Police secure the hall at Texas A&M University on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, where so-called alt-right leader, Richard Spencer, gave a talk. (Ricky Ben-David/Times of Israel)

Back outside, tensions ran high when riot police, bigger and better equipped than your average Magavnik (Border Police officer) or Yassamnik (riot police officer), started pushing protesters back to make way for the event’s attendees to leave, with the demonstration briefly turning against the police.

“Hands up, don’t shoot,” and “who do you protect, who do you serve,” — slogans from Black Lives Matter protests in recent years — were heard, as well as the more provocative “cops and klan go hand in hand”, and a few protesters who answered the call of “don’t shoot” with “shoot back,” apparently a call to shoot police.

Sentiment shifted again when a shoving match then broke out between alt-right supporters leaving the event and protesters, as some, including Newcomb and another young man wearing a kippa, tried to keep the warring sides apart. The police stood by as the pushing escalated and two young men gave the Nazi salute to counter-protesters while the air filled with profanities and insults flowing freely from both sides.

A&M police said two non-students were arrested in the protests but gave no details.