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Feb 5, 20

This Week in Fascism #44: Michelle Malkin to Join White Nationalist Groypers at “America First” Conference in DC

Welcome fellow antifascists!

This week we have a lot to cover. First we go over how the American Identity Movement and other ‘Groypers’ seem to be coming together under the banner of a new group, America First, which will hold a conference in DC in late February in an effort to reach out to younger, Trump supporting CPAC attendees. We then switch to covering news, a massive amount of new doxxes, how you can support antifascist prisoners, and a call to run the KKK out of Portland!

Let’s get it!

“America First” Seeks to Build Groyper Movement, White Nationalist Version of Turning Point USA, and will Host Conference in DC on February 28th

On Sunday, February 2nd, the American Identity Movement reported on their telegram account that a handful of “America First Patriots” had held banners for a short photo-opt at the Sacramento airport in Northern California. The banners called for an end to immigration, in an attempt to capitalize off of fears related to the spread of the coronavirus. While those rallying didn’t identify themselves with a group, the fact that they were being promoted by AmIM and referred to as “America First,” seems to signal that a new pan-Groyper organization is currently being branded in yet another attempt to distance white nationalists from white nationalism.

For months now, Patrick Casey of the American Identity Movement, Nick Fuentes, host of the America First podcast, and Jake Llyod, former InfoWars blowhard – notably all Unite the Right attendees – have pushed together to create cohesion between their various camps. In December, the three leaders hosted the “Groyper Leadership Summit” in December 2019, which coincided with a Turning Point USA event.

About a month later, former TP-USA leader Jaden McNeil, who was kicked out of TP-USA for his ties to the Alt-Right, announced the formation of America First, a campus group that would brand itself as a more white nationalist version of TP-USA, while maintaining a very pro-Trump and ‘MAGA’ set of optics.

While much of the Right and MAGA cult has attempted to distance themselves from the Groypers, the current has picked up the support of a variety of Alt-Lite D list celebrities and conspiratorial trash rags. This includes Michelle Malkin, who was recently fired from the Young America Foundation due to her support of Fuentes and various other white nationalists along with click-bait lie-lord sites such as Red Elephants, The Gateway Pundit and Big League Politics.

American First will also be hosting a conference in DC on February 28th, which will coincide with the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in an attempt to bring over young Trump supporters into the white nationalist, Groyper current. The event will also feature Michelle Malkin (who has also been given media access at CPAC), Nick Fuentes, Patrick Casey, and Scott Greer, a white nationalist who was fired from his job at the Daily Caller after his ties to Richard Spencer were revealed.

While it would be easy to dismiss America First as simply a collection of unwanted toys from the mainstream conservative movement that have ventured too far into white nationalism; or white nationalists who have taken on the optics of Trumpism in an attempt to re-brand themselves following Unite the Right, the fact that they are bringing together different groups, projects, and talking heads under one banner should be cause for alarm. As we’ve seen with the Alt-Right in the past, when a certain point of critical mass is hit, the movement will rush to support it regardless of tactical disagreements.

Antifascist organizers would be wise to be aware and prepared for these new developments, as the terrain of far-Right politics, both electoral and on the street, continues to shift.

News

There’s been a lot going on in the news since our last column, so we’re going to present them quickly here.

  • Michelle Malkin was recently chased out of three venues in Maine only to be given a platform in a nearby town by a group of Republicans.
  • A white nationalist podcaster, Michael J Thompson, has been exposed as a Campus Reform grifter by Angry White Men and Right Wing Watch. Thompson also worked at World Net Daily, which “allowed him to move in professional circles that included white nationalists, writers from Breitbart and the Daily Caller and prominent Donald Trump supporters including Steve Bannon and Jack Posobiec.” Thompson wrote for a variety of white nationalist websites and spoke on a variety of Alt-Right podcasts.
  • New documents have been released which detail the extent that far-Right Christian supremacist Matt Shea was involved in planning various armed militia operations.
  • Angry White Men has a run down of various far-Right politicians who are running for office.
  • Trials are underway for a neo-Nazi who shot two African-American men and Portland white nationalist serial killer Jeremy Christian.
  • In Palmdale, California, anti-Muslim Trump supporters disrupted an event sponsored by American Islamic Institute of Antelope Valley and Council on American-Islamic Relations Greater Los Angeles Area.
  • A wave of arrests has hit the neo-Nazi paramilitary organization, The Base. Antifascists also infiltrated the group’s social media account and posted memes mocking them. The Informant has a report.

Action

While large scale antifascist mobilizations have become more rare, there is still a steady stream of activity happening across the so-called US. This included flyering campaigns, taking down fascist stickers, educational outreach, and also smaller mobilizations.

  • In San Francisco, anti-racists, antifascists, and community members mobilized against a collection of far-Right grifters and trolls, who were attempting to “clean-up” homeless encampments and hold a pro-Trump rally. The group, led by Scott Presler, had it’s event shut down and were driven out of the city. See this report at One People’s Project.
  • In Sacramento, California, antifascists organized a flyering campaign against a member of the Proud Boys, Brandon Witte.

  • In Seattle, Washington, hundreds of antifascists and members of the trans community mobilized against an anti-trans group hosting an event at a public library.
  • Also in Seattle, antifascists organized a flyering campaign against neo-Nazi Joel Flake, who was recently fired from his job at Amazon.com.

  • Lastly in the Twin Cities, people mobilized for a rally after members of the American Identity Movement posed for a photo-opt.

Doxxes

Holy shit there’s a lot going on. We’re gonna be brief here due to large volume of stuff coming out. Please follow the links and tweets for more info.

  • Member of the Base, Joel Issac Flake was doxxed and lost his job at Amazon. Flake was also involved in the Northwest Front, which promoted an “extremely violent and overt brand of niche neo-Nazi ideology.”

  • Lake Stevens Proud Boy, Mark Valdez, Jr was outed by Salish Black Flag.
  • Louis Jeffery Giovingo was exposed as the neo-Nazi podcaster behind the Southern AF podcast.

  • Nick Schlappi was doxxed as a neo-Nazi poster on the Iron March forum.

  • Reagan Lodge was exposed as another neo-Nazi poster from the Iron March forums.

  • Jack Espinoza, a poster on the neo-Nazi forum Iron March was outed as the person behind the “Black Israelite” handle.

  • Colorado Springs Antifa exposed Alexander Thomas, a white supremacist in the US Navy.

  • Ken Allen Shields, a Proud Boy from Lodi, California was doxxed.

  • Antifascists in Chicago exposed a neo-Nazi supporter of the Base, Soren Renner.

  • Eugene Antifa doxxed neo-Nazi Francois Kemp, an associate of the Base living in South Africa.

  • Colorado Springs Antifascists exposed the Nevada president of the American Guard, Denise Cristal Zamora.

  • Also doxxed by Colorado Springs Antifascists was Proud Boy and white nationalist heathen, Dean Van Zandt.

  • UNC Chapel Hill graduate Lance Pickell was doxxed as an associate of various white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups and Turning Point-USA.

  • Matthew Urbanik was exposed as the leader of the Chicago Atomwaffen cell.

Support Our Prisoners

  • Support Gage Halupowski! Currently serving a six year sentence. More info here.

  • Support Eric King! Anarchist and antifascist prisoner who has been targeted by the State and neo-Nazi inmates for being ‘ANTIFA.’ More info here.

Call to Action

Kick the KKK Out of Portland!

From Rose City Antifa:

On Saturday February 8th, 2020, Ku Klux Klan “Imperial Wizard” and National Socialist Movement member Steven Shane Howard is planning a rally in downtown Portland. Join us in telling Howard and any KKK members or their allies they are not welcome anywhere near our city.

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