The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, just posted a call to “TAKE ACTION” against the “evil, vicious race” of Jewish people in Whitefish, Montana. And guess what? they plan to do it “just before” President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
— Devin Burghart (@dburghart) December 25, 2016
It all started in November when The Atlantic posted a video with Richard Spencer, who coined the term “alt-right” and who happens to live in Whitefish, giving a speech at the National Policy Institute’s annual conference. NPI is a white supremacist hate group that describes itself as ““an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.”
Richard Spencer welcomed the cheering crowd by crowing:
“Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”
He then added:
‘Whether it’s nice to say that or not, we won. And we got to define what America means, we got to define what this continent means. America, at the end of the day, belongs to white men.’
When folks in Whitefish got wind of Richard Spencer’s activities, they weren’t pleased. His mother, Sherry Spencer, told ABC Fox the backlash against her son is forcing her to sell a building she owns in Whitefish’s downtown historic district.
‘As painful as this is, I am exploring a potential sale of the building.’
The building has businesses at the street level and vacation rentals on the top floor. Apparently, revenues are down, and the The Daily Stormer blames this on Tanya Gersh and her “terror group” Love Lives Here, a Flathead Valley nonprofit “committed to co-creating a caring, open, accepting and diverse community.”
Sherry Spencer claims she does not agree with her son’s white supremacist views.
‘As parents, we deeply love our son, as we always will. We unequivocally do not agree with the extreme positions espoused by Richard.’
But Tanya Gersh told ABC Fox that if Sherry Spencer really opposes her son’s movement, she shouldn’t be supporting it.
‘She (Sherry) is profiting off of the people of the local community, all the while having facilitated Richard’s work spreading hate by letting him live [in Whitefish] and use her home address for his organization.’
The Missoulan reports:
‘The Stormer posted pictures of several Whitefish residents, including a child, with a yellow Star of David with the word “Jude” – German for Jew – added to each photo. During World War II, Jews in Germany and Nazi-occupied territories were forced to wear such stars on their clothing.’
Several of the people targeted by the site report receiving death threats.
Meanwhile, the Daily Stormer calls for “Hundreds” of people to take advantage of Montana’s “extremely liberal open carry laws,” converge on Whitefish with their guns, and march through the streets. They even boast that they’re “busing in skinheads from the Bay Area” to boost their numbers.
Montana Senator Steve Daines has voiced his strong opposition to Richard Spencer’s white nationalist movement.
This is not acceptable in Montana. We will work to fight this repulsive ideology. https://t.co/dn0txnypHe
— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) December 18, 2016
And yes, these heavily-armed vigilantes will be given the names and addresses of businesses, groups, and individuals to target (in a non-violent, gun-toting way, of course).
Watch: CNN’s report on Whitefish, Montana’s “most infamous resident,” Richard Spencer.
Featured Image: Video screen grab via CNN.