Donald Trump and the people around him have insisted that the campaign they ran did not embolden Klan members, neo-Nazis, and other assorted bigots. However, each and every day, we see more and more evidence to the contrary. Case in point – what is happening in Whitefish, Montana, the home of white supremacist Richard Spencer. Infamously, Spencer held an event at the Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., where he celebrated Trump’s victory with cries of “Heil Trump! Heil our people! Heil victory!” After that exclamation, Spencer’s fellow neo-Nazis responded with a Nazi salute.
Spencer is the leader of the so-called National Policy Institute, and its address is listed as his parents’ home in that town. Therefore, for obvious reasons, people are boycotting the building in town that Spencer’s parents own. This has angered local white supremacists, and they are doing what all Nazis have done in times past: Blame the Jewish people.
Now, one of Spencer’s fellow Trump-supporting neo-Nazis, Andrew Anglin, has been angry enough to call for “action” against Jewish people over the boycotting of Spencer’s parents’ business. Anglin says:
“This is the Jews for you, people. They are a vicious, evil race of hate-filled psychopaths. When you do something they don’t like, they will use the power of the media to come down on you, assassinate your character. They will call you names and accuse you of things. They will go after your money. If all that fails, they will attack your mother.”
This rant was published on the white supremacist cesspool known as the Daily Stormer. He also published the names and addresses of people he believes to be Jewish on that same site. One of these people is Tanya Gersh, a realtor in Whitefish. She has asked that Sherry Spencer, Richard Spencer’s mother, sell her downtown property and make a human rights donation. Andrew Anglin’s response for that was to attack Gersh’s son, and urge that his fellow bigots harass the young man via social media. Anglin says:
“You can hit him up, tell them what you think of his whore mother’s vicious attack on the community of Whitefish.”
Of course, Sherry Spencer doesn’t think she should have to sell her business, even though she provides a space for her son to peddle his hate. She says of her dilemma:
“As parents, we deeply love our son, as we always will. We unequivocally do not agree with the extreme positions espoused by Richard. We are not racists. We have never been racists. We do not endorse the idea of white nationalism.”
Well, Mrs. Spencer, you might not endorse your son’s views, but you sure as hell provide him a place to run his hateful organization out of. That alone makes you complicit in spreading his hateful message. Now, do the right thing and sell the building and go quietly into the night.
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