Welcome, fellow anti-fascists! This week, we’ve got an explainer covering the international networks of the Identitarian movement; new doxxes of the neo-nazi group Patriot Front, the white nationalist Asatru Folk Assembly, and the Hitlerite Legio Christi. Plus, Carl “Sargon of Akkad” getting milkshaked FOUR TIMES, and how you can help anarchist and journalist Elizabeth King get her Twitter account back.
Cover image: Martin Sellner and Troy Worden, the former leader of UC Berkeley College Republicans who was voted out of group for being too Alt-Right.
Explainer: The International Networks of the Identitarian Movement
This week’s Explainer comes from This Week in Fascism’s European correspondent, @ThatWeltschmerz.
This week’s revelation that Austrian identitarian leader Martin Sellner not only received a large donation from Christchurch, New Zealad, mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant but that they had a very friendly email exchange; each invited the another for a beer if they should ever be in the same city at the same time, highlights just how globally networked the white nationalist movement is.
In North America, Sellner was previously best known as a leader of “Defend Europe,” a project that raised money and bought a ship in 2017 to interfere with NGOs rescuing migrants stranded in the Mediterranean. (Read: Sellner & co. would rather let certain people drown than share even a continent with them).
The ship’s “mission” was marred by a series of mishaps and embarrassments, but it did help raise the profile of Europe’s Generation Identity (GI) movement, which started in France in 2013 and has since opened chapters in several other European countries.
Passengers onboard included GI movement members from Austria, France, and Italy as well as US-and Canada-based far-Right YouTube personalities Brittany Pettibone (now Sellner’s fiancée) and Lauren Southern. Southern then embarked on a world tour that brought her into contact with Suidlanders spokesman Simon Roche in South Africa, Russian demagogue Aleksandr Dugin, and Australian far-Right activists.
Currently, Sellner is banned from the US, however, the GOP in Kootenai County, Idaho, has passed a resolution asking that he be let into the country to marry Pettibone, which would result in him have US citizenship. As the local news reported:
The Kootenai County GOP posted two videos on YouTube. One video shows Pettibone speaking at a party meeting, and the other shows party members discussing her situation. The committee passed a resolution asserting U.S. authorities revoked Sellner’s travel privileges “for political reasons” and “interfered with the wedding plans of these two young people.”
“Martin has been to the U.S. four times with no issue and never caused any kind of disturbance, so it really was politically motivated,” Pettibone told the party, adding that she and Sellner now plan to get married in Austria in July.
A staffer from U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher’s Coeur d’Alene office, Tim Kastning, also attended the meeting.
At one point, Kastning stood up and said: “I just wanted to let the committee know that I have reached out to (Pettibone) and given her my card, and Congressman Fulcher’s office will be doing what we can to give whatever help and assistance that we can.”
But if white nationalist activists are globally networked, movement intellectuals are at least as well connected. Budapest-based publisher Arktos Media claims it has “published more than 150 titles in fourteen languages and circulated them globally” and has disseminated work by French New Right authors as well as “Russian geopolitical thinker Alexander Dugin” and Italian “traditionalist” fascist Julius Evola. German publisher Verlag Antaios, which published Sellner’s book about his (mis)adventures at sea, distributes Arktos books and publishes translations of similar titles.
And since we’re back on Sellner, his organization, Identitäre Bewegung Österreich (Identitarian Movement of Austria, or IBÖ), doesn’t seem to have learned much from the scandal around his connection with Tarrant. Tarrant’s manifesto took its title from a book by French nationalist Renaud Camus called The Great Replacement and repeated the “white genocide” conspiracy theory that is the hallmark of white nationalism. (For example, Southern’s documentary about white South African farmers is completely steeped in it).
So what do Sellner & IBÖ do? They double-down on their conspiracy theory by hosting a lecture about the "Great Replacement" idea by the guy who translated the original French into German. Way to show the world you totally have nothing at all to do with scapegoating and murder. pic.twitter.com/KvQHeashCJ
— That’s Mister Weltschmerz to you (@ThatWeltschmerz) May 19, 2019
So IBÖ did what any reasonable organization would do when proven to be closely linked to a mass killer: this Saturday, they doubled down by sponsoring a lecture on “the Great Replacement” by none other than Martin Lichtmesz, the European New Right ideologue who translated Camus’ book into German for Antaios.
The good news is that white nationalists don’t have a lot of ideas to fall back on. The bad news is that they are no less dangerous for it.
Monday, May 13, 2019
Neo-Nazi user 'Fash Dragon' is Ian T. Brust of Glasford, IL, a forestry student at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. His dad is Tony Brust, who was ethered out of a job by Patton Oswalt on Twitter after he mocked Patton's dead wife.https://t.co/jeWCcJacox
— Toynbee 'Я' Us (@ToynbeeRus) May 14, 2019
Toynbee ‘R’ Us identified Ian T. Brust, Glasford, Illinois, as Fash Dragon, a former member of the neo-Nazi Traditionalist Worker Party. Glasford is currently a Forestry student at Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, Illinois. You can tweet to them at @SIUC, or drop a comment on their Facebook or Instagram pages.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
German pedagogy professor Eoin Lenihan and self-described "online extremism researcher" today attacked antifascists and journalists. He also outed himself as well known far-Right troll ProgDad, (banned from Twitter in 2018). Seems he really got "into his research." pic.twitter.com/fCaYU1r0gJ
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) May 15, 2019
It’s Going Down revealed that self-proclaimed “online extremism researcher” Eoin Lenihan is actually far-Right troll ProgDad. Lenihan is known for feuding with rapper Talib Kweli in the summer of 2018, and impersonating a progressive to troll leftists on Twitter, for which he was banned as both @ProgDad and @RipProgDadTV.
In violation of Twitter’s policies, he is currently avoiding that ban under the handle @EoinLenihan. On May 16, 2019, in his role as an “online extremism researcher,” Lenihan was interviewed by Al Jazeera as part of a now-deleted roundtable on the “Christchurch call,” an initiative seeking to curb violence provoked by online extremism.
Along with an author at the Daily Stormer, Tim Pool now promoting 'research' of far-Right troll "ProgDad," most known for being banned from Twitter in 2018 after participating in a series of racist harassment campaigns and now attempting to rebrand as an "extremist researcher." pic.twitter.com/qjZ0tEfE5y
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) May 17, 2019
Recently, Lenihan released a long Twitter thread accusing mainstream journalists, including Jason Wilson, Nate Thayer, and the Huffington Post’s Chris Mathias, of secretly being anti-fascist activists.
On May 17, 2019, far-Right commentator Tim Pool released a video about Lenihan’s conspiracy theory. As of this writing, that video has received over 100,000 views. “They’re essentially activists themselves,” Pool said. “And they hide behind the label of ‘journalist’ to make it seem like their activism is some kind of legitimate news service.”
Harassment of individual journalists has increased in recent weeks, with Laura Loomer releasing Daily Beast correspondent Will Sommer’s personal phone number in her Telegram channel, and on Friday, the Proud Boys released the cell number of Right Wing Watch’s Jared Holt in response to a tweet noting that they were currently evading their payment processor ban. The Proud Boys also claimed credit for the recent Twitter ban of freelance reporter Elizabeth King.
I will say this much about Patriot Front, they openly cop to being Nazis. So who is this Halfdan the Grey dingus? If you try to find that twitter account, you will find it redirects first to an acoount called FLNationalist and then to a new Patriot Front "fan account." pic.twitter.com/L81uNLYIsS
— AnonymousComrade (@anonymouscommie) May 16, 2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019
ATTN: Please meet LaDon Deatherage aka Jean: Knowingispowr/JPlorable/LeftRUglyLiars
— ☰☲☷ (@ayeleeyan) May 16, 2019
Longtime troll and Patriot Prayer associate Jean D’Plorable was identified as LaDon Jean Deatherage, of Vancouver, Washington by Twitter account @ayeleeyan.
Friday, May 17, 2019
We're exposing two far-Right employees at Chatham Emergency Services, which provides fire & emergency medical services in and near Savannah, Georgia @chathames
1 – Jasper Collins (fire)https://t.co/b4craNkJvT
— Atlanta Antifascists (@afainatl) May 17, 2019
Atlanta Antifascists released two new stories, both dealing with employees of Chatham Emergency Services.
Jasper Collins is a firefighter in Chatham County, Georgia, and a supporter of the Hitlerite Legio Christi. He refers to himself as a “Legionniare” – a supporter of the Iron Guard, a Romanian fascist organization whose hatched symbol was recently found at the site of the Highlander Center arson in Tennessee.
Matthew “Bodi” Mayo – and yes, that is his real name – is an EMT in Georgia, as well as a religious leader in the racist heathen group the Asatru Folk Assembly, and a member of the online group the White Nationalist Alliance.
Both men are employed by Chatham Emergency Services, a county that is nearly 50% non-white. Hours after the articles went online, the two men were placed on leave pending the outcome of a discrimination investigation.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Be aware that the Northern Guard Halifax Chapter is still here, they are still recruiting, and they are still organizing. Don't be surprised if they start patrolling around #Halifax, #NovaScotia AGAIN.
— 🏴 Halifax Against Hate 🚩 (@HFXAgainstHate) May 18, 2019
Halifax Against Hate debuted a list of the members of the Northern Guard, an anti-immigrant hate group. Like the American Guard, the Northern Guard is an offshoot of anti-immigrant hate group the Soldiers of Odin.
Roosh just got hit with the same 7-day suspension Loomer got before her final ban, according to his Gab account.
— Michael Edison Hayden (@MichaelEHayden) May 19, 2019
Far-Right commentator Roosh V. reports that he received a seven-day Twitter suspension. As the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Michael Edison Hayden notes, this is the same penalty Islamophobe and conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer received just prior to being banned for life by the service.
Roosh V. began his media career as a “pickup artist,” writing travel guides about having sex in foreign countries, before moving on to general Men’s Rights Activism, which, like many others, became his gateway to the alt-right. In a February 2015 blog post, he recommended that “on private property, any and all rape that happens should be completely legal.” By 2016, he expressed support for white nationalist Richard Spencer, and by 2018, appeared on white nationalist YouTube channel Red Ice TV.
The antifascist crowd has mostly refused to enter the "free speech zone" that militarized TN state police have been trying to corral them into. Protesters are angry that law enforcement is giving racist American Renaissance conference attendees privileged access to a public park. pic.twitter.com/fcINJPhzz2
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) May 18, 2019
Four antifascist protesters were arrested at the American Renaissance conference at Montgomery Bell State Park, Tennessee.
Within hours, an online fundraising appeal matched all bail needs, and the protesters were freed. Solidarity!
Looks like UKIP European election candidate Carl Benjamin was the latest to get the milkshake treatment during a visit to Salisbury today
— Rebecca Hudson (@OxMailRebecca) May 19, 2019
YouTuber and Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin had milkshakes thrown at him no fewer than four times this week, as had Nigel Farange. Benjamin began his career into political commentary under the YouTube moniker Sargon of Akkad, where he first came to prominence issuing anti-feminist monologues during GamerGate.
— EXPLOSIVE SOAPBOX 📣💥🏴 (@ESoapbox) May 20, 2019
Call to Action
.@Twitter has banned a leftist journalist for swearing at a fascist. The Nazi who's evading twitter bans, harassing journalists & activists.
What gives @jack?
Banning a journalist for speaking up against a Nazi is unprecedented. #ReinstateLiz
— General Defense Com (@chicagoGDC) May 16, 2019
Anarchist and journalist Elizabeth King has been banned from Twitter for “hateful conduct” after tweeting “what the fuck is wrong with you you cunt” at alt-right troll Eoin Lenihan.
In the past week, in the guise of an “online extremism researcher,” Lenihan has made it a point to target journalists, spreading an infographic of Twitter follows and claiming that mainstream journalists are secretly antifascist activists. This is meant to undermine the credibility of the journalists’ work, and endangers them by turning them into targets for the far-Right rather than observers.
Additionally, as a freelance reporter, King relies on social media to draw attention to her work, and network with editors and publishes to secure ongoing gigs. Incivility to fascists is not the same as “hateful conduct.” King had every right to challenge Lenihan, who attacked the credibility of her profession and undermined her safety as a journalist covering the far-Right.
Tweet @jack, @vijaya, and @TwitterSupport, asking them to restore King’s account, @ekingc.
Hey, @jack, @vijaya, and @TwitterSupport! Please restore @ekingc’s account immediately. Deplatforming a journalist isn’t a good look, especially when you won’t solve the Nazi problem here.