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  • How Anti-Semitic And Holocaust-Denying Websites Are Using Google AdSense For Revenue

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Several websites that promote anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial are using the Google AdSense program to generate advertising revenue. These websites have celebrated Hitler for having “fought and died … for our race,” claimed that the Holocaust is “the world’s greatest hoax,” and started an online harassment campaign against Jewish people.

    Google AdSense bills itself as a “free, simple way to make money online by placing ads on your website.” Media Matters has criticized Google AdSense for allowing hyperpartisan websites that post fake news to use its services. Outlets including The Washington Post and BuzzFeed have documented the financial incentive AdSense has created for those websites to publish sensationalist fake news stories to generate clicks and ad revenue.

    AdSense’s program policy claims of prohibited content:

    Google ads may not be placed on pages that contain harassing or bullying content, or on content that incites hatred or promotes violence against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity. Additionally, Google ads may not appear on content that incites or advocates for harm against an individual or group. However, pages containing educational, documentary, historical, scientific, or artistic content related to such subjects are permitted to participate in AdSense.

    Some of the worst purveyors of anti-Semitism on the internet are using Google AdSense to generate revenue and are seemingly in direct violation of this policy, according to a Media Matters review. As of January 30, the websites listed below all host Google AdSense advertisements, which are marked with a blue triangle icon that reveals the words “AdChoices” when scrolled over and redirect to a Google ads page when clicked.

    Here is a look at Counter-Currents Publishing, American Free Press, The Right Stuff, and Veterans Today:

    Counter-Currents Publishing

    Counter-Currents Publishing is a virulently anti-Semitic website and publisher that distributes material praising Hitler and advocating for Jewish people to be kicked out of America.

    The Washington Post reported in March 2015 that Counter-Currents “exists to advance the books of noted neo-Nazis and the creation of an all-white nationalist state.” The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks hate groups, wrote that Counter-Currents is a “pseudo-intellectual white nationalist website and publishing house that caters to ‘academic racists.’”

    Counter-Currents distributes the work of the late William Pierce, who, according to The New York Times, “built an organization of young supporters for George Wallace for president into the nation's largest neo-Nazi group.” It also distributes the work of Savitri Devi, who "devoted her life to Nazism" and Holocaust denialism.

    Counter-Currents Editor-in-Chief Greg Johnson is a neo-Nazi. In an essay headlined “The Burden of Hitler, 2014,” he wrote that “Adolf Hitler, whatever his faults, was a loyal white man who fought and died not just for Germany, but for our race as a whole.” He added that “Jews are promoting conditions that are leading to the genocide of the white race. They are not doing this out of ‘self-defense’ against Hitler’s aggression, since they were doing it when Hitler was just a common soldier in the Great War. Indeed, the truth is that Hitler did whatever he did in self-defense against Jewish aggression — the same Jewish aggression that we are suffering today in a much intensified form.”

    Counter-Currents managing editor and webmaster Michael Polignano is a neo-Nazi who wants to kick Jewish people out of America. He wrote an essay which was reposted on the Counter-Currents website that advocated for creating “a White People’s Party,” which “would have a single goal: to protect and advance the interests of Whites in today’s multicultural, anti-White America. … The White People’s Party would not accept the membership or support of Jews and non-Whites. We would not work for their interests, and we could not expect them to sincerely work for ours.” He added that “Jews have to leave America” because “they are a major cause” of America’s problems.

    The site posted a 2016 essay headlined “100+ Reasons to Cease & Desist from Any Further Holocaust Commemoration,” which included the following reasons:

    102. For falsifying the entire historical narrative of the 20th century, making ‘The Holocaust’ not only the centerpiece of World War II, but the pivot point around which all that came before or after must circle, surely the greatest feat of sheer propaganda ever foisted upon humanity.

    103. For the relentless ratcheting back upward toward the six million mark of the estimated Jewish-Holocaust death toll by Holocaust ‘historians’. Everyone seems to have forgotten that ‘four-to-five’ million was the downwardly-revised most-common estimate in the decades immediately following the war. And Raul Hilberg, the so-called dean of Jewish Holocaust-historians, never changed his 5.1 million estimate over the course of his four decades of publishing on the subject. Nonetheless: the tantalizing six-million figure lures the estimates higher, and even when still several hundred thousand bodies short, ‘rounding’ up to six million is seen as legitimate despite the fact that Jews thereby ‘kill off’ far more of their own than did all the pogromists in all of pre-World-War II history. One is tempted to agree, though, that the six million figure is required to constitute a bona fide Holocaust, meaning that the enthusiastically very-much Jewish-assisted Terror Famine of 1932-33 with a death toll of 6.3 million was The Holocaust, and the Jewish Tragedy of 1941-45 with a death toll of 5-5.1 million was not.

    American Free Press

    American Free Press is an anti-Semitic publication that has repeatedly claimed the Holocaust is a “hoax.”

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) wrote that the American Free Press is "an anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented news­pa­per" that attracts "the most vit­ri­olic anti-Semites." William Carto, who “used lobbying and publishing to denigrate Jews and other minorities and galvanize the movement to deny the Holocaust,” helped found the American Free Press.

    The newspaper heavily promotes Holocaust denial. The site’s bookstore sells The Holocaust Never Happened & The CIA Killed JFK, which claims to destroy “the hoax of the 6 million Jewish victims of Nazi Germany.”

    The website has promoted the book The Holocaust Hoax Exposed: Debunking the 20th Century’s Biggest Lie, which was written by late American Free Press reporter Victor Thorn. An article promoting the book claims that it “rips apart, in lay language, the veil-thin arguments used to prove the Jewish ‘Holocaust,’ which is then used by global Zionists to justify the creation and continued existence of the state of Israel and as a tool to silence all critics.” Another article promoting the book claimed it “exceeded” expectations because it “demolishes once and for all the Zionist-Jewish Holocaust fable.”

    The publication also attacked Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, claiming he is a “mythomaniac who, in the 1970s, transformed the word ‘holocaust’ and made it the brand name of the world’s greatest hoax: the unfounded claim by an extremist segment of World Jewry to the effect that the German government’s wartime policy of territorial transfer of Europe’s Jews out of the Reich was in actuality an ‘extermination program.’”

    The Right Stuff

    The Right Stuff is an anti-Semitic blog that has contributed to online harassment campaigns against Jewish people.

    The website started the anti-Semitic “parenthesis meme” in which Jewish names are surrounded by parentheses -- “(((name)))” -- often to target them for online abuse on social media. The ADL has said that The Right Stuff is “a virulently anti-Semitic site” and added the parenthesis meme to its online database of hate symbols, with CEO Jonathan Greenblatt stating: “The echo symbol is the online equivalent of tagging a building with anti-Semitic graffiti or taunting someone verbally.”

    According to The Right Stuff’s editors, they started the parenthesis meme because “all Jewish surnames echo throughout history.” They wrote in an email to Mic that they undertook their campaign because the meme represents “the Jews' subversion of the home [and] destruction of the family through mass-media degeneracy. The next [parenthesis] represents the destruction of the nation through mass immigration, and the outer [parenthesis] represents international Jewry and world Zionism."

    The website is filled with anti-Semitic posts. A 2016 post headlined “The Jews Are Getting Lazy” cast doubt on the number of people killed in the Holocaust:

    Who knows though? According to (((Bryan Singer))), the Jew who’s had more to do with these heaps than anyone else, the linear progression of time isn’t really important to the X-Men films.

    In an interview with Collider he said, “Time can always be fucked with, we’ve now learned that.” Sorta like how plaques at Auschwitz will read “4 million dead Jews here because of evil Nazis” then later say something like “1.5 million dead Chosen People killed in cold blood by heartless White Supremacists just cuz” then turn into a ballpoint-pen-written diary entry (before the ballpoint pen was invented, mind you) that says “6 billion Jews were hid under the floorboards here and beaten to death with complex hammer machines that were attached to the Nazi officers’ stationary workout bikes”. Sorta like that.

    A 2015 The Right Stuff post mocked Holocaust survivors and celebrated trolling a Holocaust remembrance comments section on the internet. A 2016 post headlined “How to Spot a Jew in a World without the Coincidence Detector” gave “clues” on how to spot “those shifty bastards.”

    Strife hit the white nationalist movement when information was published revealing site leader Mike Enoch’s real name is Mike Peinovich and he has a Jewish wife. Salon’s Matthew Sheffield reported that Peinovich vowed to continue the site’s work and “one of his partners, Jesse ‘Seventh Son’ Dunstan, claimed that Peinovich and his wife were ‘separating.’”

    Veterans Today

    The misleadingly named Veterans Today is an anti-Semitic website that has published pieces claiming the Holocaust is a “lie,” “racket,” and a “Jew-on-Jew False Flag Operation.”

    Veterans Today (VT) claims that it is dedicated to “providing news for members of the military and veteran community.” In reality, as the SPLC notes, while many of the contributors are veterans and the site “offers some information about veterans' benefits (lifted from the Veterans' Administration) and links to home and other loans for vets,” VT also claims “that there was a conspiracy behind 9/11 (Israel orchestrated it, in cahoots with the American government), that the American government is a puppet (of Israel), that the Holocaust never happened or was greatly exaggerated (Jews made it up to manipulate non-Jews), and, most recently, that Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks, is a pawn (of Israel).” The ADL states that Veterans Today (VT) is a “web­site that presents anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries as news.”

    The site has published numerous articles casting doubt on the Holocaust. The following is just a sampling of that material:

    • VT published a January 23 article claiming that “While the story of Anne Frank is tragedy, the basic facts of the Frank family history fly in the face of the belief that Auschwitz was an ‘extermination factory.’”
    • VT published a January 2015 article -- headlined “Holocaust: A Jew-on-Jew False Flag Operation?” -- in which the author claimed that “After literally months and months of investigation on the genesis and history of the Holocaust I have come to the reluctant conclusion that the Holocaust was in fact a (Big Zionist) Jew on (Little non-Zionist) Jew False Flag operation. The evidence is so overwhelming on this matter that no other conclusion is as tenable. The facts supporting this thesis are irrefutable.”
    • VT published a September 2016 article about the Holocaust headlined “The 'six-million killed' lie—the hoax of the twentieth century.”
    • VT published a September 2016 article calling the Holocaust a “lie” and claiming that “many people are beginning to realize that they have been scammed and lied to by the Holocaust establishment for decades.”
    • VT published an October 2015 article headlined “The Holocaust Is a Racket.”
  • White Nationalists Praise Trump’s Muslim Ban: “God Bless You,” “Feel Like Crying” With Joy

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    White nationalists are “ecstatic” and “feel like crying” with joy over President Donald Trump’s executive order banning people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. These virulently racist writers are praising Trump for stopping “these disgusting animals” and “sneaky sand-people” from entering the country and are also calling on Trump to arrest or impeach federal judges who oppose the ban. A neo-Nazi writer even suggested killing those protesting the ban.  

    Members of the white nationalist movement heavily supported Trump’s campaign, and the candidate, his family, and his political team courted members of the movement, including making appearances in white nationalist media, refusing to denounce them, and retweeting their messages. White nationalists celebrated when Stephen Bannon -- who made Breitbart.com "the platform for the” white nationalist “alt-right" movement -- was appointed to a senior White House role.

    Those pro-Trump writers are now “ecstatic” over his recent executive order: 

    Daily Stormer Feels “Ecstatic Joy,” Suggests Trump Should Arrest Federal Judge And Kill Protesters. The Daily Stormer is a neo-Nazi website that celebrates Hitler and frequently attacks Jewish people. The site is ecstatic over Trump’s Muslim ban.

    Writer “Azzmador” wrote a post headlined “Glorious Leader Wreaks Havoc on Filthy Moslem Would-Be Invaders.” He added (emphasis original): “Of course, it is a Muslim ban. We just can’t call it that…yet. But it’s definitely subhuman raghead heathens at the shit end of Glorious Leader’s big stick, and they are taking a walloping, bigly.” The writer concluded by hoping that Trump would put Muslims in gas chambers:

    So everything just keeps getting better and better. President Trump is working at breakneck speed to not only meet, but to exceed his campaign promises.

    It’s already been one helluva first week.                                         

    By the end of the month, we should have the rails laid, the camps built, and the gas flowing like Febreze.

    Site editor Andrew Anglin wrote that he is feeling “ecstatic joy” and feels “like crying.” From his post:

    So I’m really feeling a lot of different emotions right now. I feel ecstatic joy. I feel admiration for our GLORIOUS LEADER. I feel shame for having doubted him. I feel sadness at the loss my city has suffered. I feel rage at the people who allowed the home I knew as a child to be ravaged by these disgusting animals when they could have just as easily said “Somalians? uh, yeah, no – they’re totally banned.”

    But most of all?

    I’m feeling comfy, fam.

    And also, I feel like crying.

    God bless you, Donald Trump.

    May you never die.

    Anglin also called on Trump to “arrest treasonous federal judge Ann Donnelly for trying to flood America with terrorists” after she issued an emergency order temporarily halting Trump’s travel ban. He wrote: “I am hereby calling on Trump to issue a warrant for her arrest. … Trump needs to arrest this woman immediately and have her charged with treason. If other judges protest, he needs to declare martial law and have them all rounded up and interned. We are at war here. This isn’t a game.” He also called on Trump to raid ACLU offices “with all head figures arrested and charged with conspiracy to undermine America and the promotion of terrorism against America.”

    Anglin suggested that Trump should kill protesters in the same fashion that Ohio National Guardsmen did when they killed four students at Kent State University in 1970. He wrote: “All we need is one Kent State-style incident, and this crap is going to end real quick. But maybe putting the DC rioters in prison for ten years will do the trick.”

    Radio Host James Edwards: “God Bless You.” James Edwards is the host of the “pro-white” radio program The Political Cesspool. Edwards is a David Duke acolyte and “has probably done more than any of his contemporaries on the American radical right to publicly promote neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, raging anti-Semites and other extremists," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He tweeted of the ban:

    David Duke: “Greatest. Year. Ever. #MuslimBan.” David Duke is a white nationalist radio host and former Ku Klux Klan leader. He has praised the Muslim ban on Twitter:

    Infostormer: “I Have That Teary-Eyed Thing Going On Yet Again.” Infostormer is a neo-Nazi website that idolizes Adolf Hitler and Donald Trump. It is virulently anti-Semitic and features the prominent tag line, “Destroying Jewish Tyranny.” The site reacted with joy to the ban, writing:

    This semi-sweeping ban on Moslem animals – easy to expand to include other nations and groups in the future – is even better than I first thought (the full State Department memo will be available shortly).

    Not only have we banned citizens from seven Third-World cesspits from entering the country, but we also have covered secret backdoor methods by which the sneaky sand-people could still attempt to infiltrate the United States.

    As of yesterday, green card holders originally from the proscribed nations, as well as those trying to enter with a passport from an accepted land, such as Britain, will be given the steel-toed boot back to the squalor of Haji-Town if they cannot pass “extreme vetting” procedures.

    I don’t know about y’all, but I have that teary-eyed thing going on yet again.

    VDare: Impeach Judge Donnelly. VDare is a white nationalist site that publishes pieces demonizing immigrants. The site’s Twitter account tweeted of the ban:

    Site editor Peter Brimelow also wrote that Judge Ann Donnelly should be impeached over her “sabotage of Trump refugee order.”

  • Fox’s Chris Wallace Ignored Constitutional And Diplomatic Concerns Over Trump’s Muslim Ban

    Blog ››› ››› ZACHARY PLEAT

    Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace failed to mention any of the constitutional and diplomatic problems with President Donald Trump’s executive action banning visitors, immigrants, and refugees from several Muslim-majority countries in an interview he conducted with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway about the order.

    According to CNN, the executive order “bars all persons from certain ‘terror-prone’ countries from entering the United States for 90 days and suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days until it is reinstated ‘only for nationals of countries for whom’ members of Trump's Cabinet deem can be properly vetted.” The executive action impacts immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. The order has a religious exception, giving “the Department of Homeland Security leeway to prioritize refugee claims made by people ‘on the basis of religious based persecution.’” Trump himself said he will prioritize Christians refugees over Muslims refugees in an interview with the Christian Broadcast Network.

    After Trump’s executive action caused chaos for incoming refugees and immigrants at airports nationwide, a federal judge “blocked deportations nationwide late Saturday of those detained on entry to the United States after” Trump had already signed the order.

    Many cable and network news shows on Sunday explained the array of legal and diplomatic problems associated with Trump’s order. NBC’s Chuck Todd questioned the constitutionality of green card holders reportedly also being subject to the executive order. CBS’ John Dickerson grilled White House chief of staff Reince Priebus about the diplomatic backlash of the order from allied countries. ABC’s Terry Moran explained that Trump’s insistence that Christians would receive special treatment is “probably unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause.” On CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, ACLU president Anthony Romero gave a thorough explanation of how Trump’s executive order violates international treaties, several clauses and amendments of the Constitution, and federal statutes. And Republican strategist and CNN commentator Ana Navarro pointed out that the order amounts to -- and is perceived widely as -- a Muslim ban.

    Yet Wallace noted none of those constitutional and diplomatic problems in his interview with Conway. He briefly mentioned the judges that temporarily blocked some parts of the order, but neglected to explain why, and allowed Conway to dismiss the effect of the rulings on Trump’s order without any pushback. Watch Wallace’s interview of Conway about the executive order below:

  • Trump’s Immigration Order Targeting Muslims Is Greeted With Praise By Conservative Media And Dismay By Experts

    ACLU: The “Intent To Discriminate On The Basis Of Religion, Even Hidden Behind Pretextual Religious Neutrality, Violates The Establishment Clause And Equal Protection”

    ››› ››› TYLER CHERRY

    The executive action President Donald Trump has signed to limit immigration of refugees from a group of majority-Muslim countries was condemned by national security experts and media figures when he initially floated them. Those experts have noted that Trump’s plans are unconstitutional and antithetical to American values and that they would cost the U.S. billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

  • Potential DHS Hire Jon Feere Promoted Anti-Immigrant White Nationalist Website

    Feere Also Discussed Immigration In Interview With Holocaust-Denying Anti-Semitic Website

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Policy analyst Jon Feere, who is reportedly “in line” to join the Trump administration, has promoted the work of the white nationalist website VDare.com and given an interview about immigration to an anti-Semitic newspaper that promotes claims that the Holocaust is a “hoax.”

    The Washington Post reported that Feere “is in line to join the Trump administration in an immigration-related position at the Department of Homeland Security, according to two former U.S. officials informed of transition changes by department personnel.” The paper noted that Feere is a “prominent advocate of ending U.S. birthright citizenship” and has worked as a legal policy analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).

    CIS is an anti-immigrant group founded by John Tanton, a white nationalist who has claimed that “a European-American majority” is required to maintain American culture. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has heavily criticized the nativist group for releasing shoddy research and pushing misinformation about immigrants.

    Feere wrote on Twitter that the “reality is that many pro-illegal immigration people simply hate Americans and believe that foreigners are superior in every way.”

    Feere has also promoted the work of the white nationalist anti-immigrant site VDare on his Twitter account. He linked to an article on the site in an April 9, 2016, tweet:

    The VDare article claimed that it’s “deeply disturbing the lengths to which honest citizens must go to convince the government to do its basic job of protecting us from violent foreigners -- from killer jihadists to all-too-common drunk-driving illegal aliens.” VDare added that “citizens are expected to accept lesser status than that of illegal aliens, who are favored by leftists as friendly to oversized government and comfortable with gangster-style politics.”

    VDare states that it “is named after Virginia Dare, the first English child to be born in the New World.” The website is run by prominent white nationalist Peter Brimelow.

    Civil rights groups have heavily criticized VDare.com. SPLC wrote that it is a white nationalist website that “regularly publishes articles by prominent white nationalists, race scientists and anti-Semites.” The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) described VDare.com as a “racist, anti-immigrant site.”

    Numerous media outlets have correctly identified the site as white nationalist, including The Washington Post, The New York TimesThe Associated Press, and CNN.

    When a Twitter user criticized Feere for linking to the white nationalist website, Feere replied: “It's simply the most link-filled account of the killing, allowing people to read other Boston newspapers via one link.”

    Feere also discussed immigration in a May 2012 interview with the anti-Semitic publication American Free Press. The May 28, 2012, piece is headlined “‘Big Ag’ Favors Illegal Immigration,” and it notes that Feere spoke with American Free Press:

    In an attempt to dissuade other states from following suit, Big Ag has embarked upon a ruthless media campaign, insisting that the recently enacted legislation has crippled the growth of the fruit and vegetable industry and left farmers with no qualified pickers to harvest their crops.

    “These businesses make claims that they have produce rotting on the vines, but there’s very little evidence of it,” said Jon Feere, a legal policy analyst with the Center for Immigration Studies, who recently spoke with AFP. “If there’s produce to be pulled, they’re going to find a way to do it. That means paying a better wage that attracts a legal workforce. In many of these states, unemployment is at an all-time high. So to suggest there are no willing workers is just silly.”

    Contrary to an oft-recited cliché, said Feere: “There is no job that Americans can’t do. What these businesses are really saying is that they can’t find willing workers to pull produce at the wages they’re willing to offer.”

    Feere goes on to say that even if farms did have trouble finding workers, other options are still available. “Most industries can be mechanized so that fewer humans are needed for harvesting,” he said. “However, there are some upfront costs to mechanization, and businesses have been unwilling to invest in the needed technology because they assume there will be a continuous supply of cheap, exploitable labor.”

    Concerns that a higher wage will drive up food prices are unfounded. According to Feere: “We’ve learned that the average labor cost for a piece of produce is somewhere around three cents to a dollar. These businesses could actually double the wages they were offering and you really wouldn’t see more than a few pennies tacked on.”

    After the article ran, the ADL criticized Feere for “associating” “with anti-Semites,” writing that American Free Press is a “conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic newspaper run by long-time anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, Willis Carto.” SPLC also criticized Feere for granting “an interview to the anti-Semitic newspaper.”

    American Free Press promotes Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism. On March 21, 2012, it promoted the book The Holocaust Hoax Exposed: Debunking the 20th Century’s Biggest Lie. The website praised the book for purportedly ripping “apart, in lay language, the veil-thin arguments used to prove the Jewish ‘Holocaust,’ which is then used by global Zionists to justify the creation and continued existence of the state of Israel and as a tool to silence all critics.”

  • Breitbart Reporter Is A White Nationalist With A Long Trail Of Racist And Anti-Muslim Twitter Posts

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Virginia Hale, a Europe-focused reporter for Trump media ally Breitbart.com, has a history of using racist and anti-Muslim rhetoric, both in her work and on social media. Hale, who says her job is to document the “ruin brought to” Europe “by invaders,” has tweeted that black and Arab people are more prone to violence because of their IQs and that Hispanic people are violent because they’re descendants of Aztecs and Incas.

    Breitbart.com is one of the main defenders of new President Donald Trump, whose chief strategist and senior counselor, Stephen Bannon, was previously the chairman and CEO of the site.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) wrote that under Bannon, Breitbart made “a noticeable shift toward embracing ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas –– all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘Alt-Right.’” Bannon himself reportedly said that the site is “the platform for the alt-right.”

    The Breitbart empire is currently expanding its operations in Europe. It already has a Breitbart London site which heavily promotes anti-immigrant attacks.

    Hale began writing for Breitbart London in late 2014 and focuses mainly on issues related to Europe. Her work, which regularly appears on Breitbart.com’s front page, often attacks Muslims, migrants, and liberal activists. She explained on Twitter, “My job involves me going through Euro papers every day - I see the ruin brought to continent by invaders.” She authored a January 3 false report claiming that a “1,000-man mob” of Muslims attacked a German church. The story was condemned internationally, including by German police and media.

    Hale has repeatedly tweeted racist white nationalist content and remarks on her Twitter feed. She wrote that black and Arab people are more prone to violence than whites and East Asians because of "predictors" like IQ. She opined that "Hispanics are the descendants of Aztecs and Incas hence Central America [is] hugely violent." And she wrote that Detroit and Africa have problems because they don’t have enough white people. She has repeatedly labeled those she disagrees with the white nationalist insult "cuck."  

    She is also virulently anti-Muslim. She has tweeted that “It's Muslims who are committing acts of terrorism daily around the globe. Mohammad was a mass murdering terrorist.” She has also complained that “anyone questioning why the hell we have Muslims in our countries is branded deplorable and painted as hate-filled.”

    Additionally, she has repeatedly attacked the concept of diversity, claiming that “more ‘diversity’” means “evermore hostility to white people and culture, demands we disappear” and that it’s a ploy to “erase white men from the world they built.”

    Hale defended the concept of “white genocide” -- a favorite theme of white nationalists -- by posting a Twitter essay claiming that whites are being “turned into hated minorities in our own homelands” by minorities.  

    She also frequently tags the white nationalist account VDare.com in tweets. Hale called VDare “one of my favourite websites” and wrote that she reads it “religiously.”

    Breitbart London editor in chief Raheem Kassam has denied that Hale is a white nationalist, responding to a critical article of Hale as libel and stating that he loves “the idea that a ‘white nationalist’ would work for me. You plonkers.”

    Here is a sampling of Hale’s social media activity:

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    [Twitter, 8/30/16]

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  • Voter Fraud Myths Pushed By Trump Have Long Been Propagated By Right-Wing Media

    ››› ››› NICK FERNANDEZ & CAT DUFFY

    Throughout his campaign, and continuing now as President, Donald Trump has made a series of baseless claims alleging mass voter fraud in order to either preemptively cast doubt on the election results, or to dispute the fact he didn’t win the popular vote. Trump’s allegations, which ranged from “people are going to walk in” and “vote ten times,” to claiming “he would have won the popular vote had it not been for millions of illegal votes,” and most recently his decision to ask for “a major investigation into voter fraud” are based on a series of myths that right-wing media have pushed for years -- including the arguments that strict voter ID laws are needed to prevent voter fraud, that dead people are voting, and that there is widespread noncitizen voting.

  • Yosemite Venue Cancels White Nationalist VDare Event Booking After It Learns Of Group’s Views

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    The venue for the 2017 public conference for VDare has canceled the white nationalist group’s booking after it “became aware of the nature of” the organization.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) states that the nonprofit VDare Foundation is a white nationalist organization and that its website, VDare.com, “regularly publishes articles by prominent white nationalists, race scientists and anti-Semites.”

    The website heavily supported President Donald Trump’s campaign, and leader Peter Brimelow donated a small amount of money. Brimelow attended Trump’s inauguration and wrote, in a piece about his experience, that Trump “was the clear choice of the founding stock of the Historic American Nation -- 63 % of white males and 53 % of white women voted for Trump.” The Republican National Convention displayed a tweet from VDare during the convention.

    VDare scheduled its “first-ever public conference” on March 31 through April 2 at Yosemite National Park at Tenaya Lodge. A description for the event states that it will “celebrate our well-earned victory and the hope afforded by the new Trump administration” and “bring together the prophets of our movements.” Speakers at the event include Brimelow, Breitbart columnist and former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), and white nationalist leader Jared Taylor, who has argued that “the races are not equal and equivalent.”

    Media Matters criticized the event on January 23 and noted that White House chief strategist and former Breitbart head Stephen Bannon previously praised event speaker Tancredo as “one of the top immigration experts in this country” and said the columns he’s “been doing for Breitbart are just amazing.” SPLC also wrote about the conference and said it “presents a noticeable shift away from the organization’s strategy of using the Internet to propagate racism toward one of real-world activism -- a shift echoed by other white nationalist groups like Richard Spencer's National Policy Institute and fueled by a sentiment widespread on the far-right that President Trump’s election offered a legitimizing win for white nationalism.”

    After the publication, a spokesman for Tenaya Lodge contacted Media Matters on January 24 and said in a statement that the venue took “steps to immediately cancel this booking” when it “became aware of the nature of VDare Foundation. … Unfortunately, at the time of booking we did not realize this group has values that are in conflict with our embracement of diversity among our employees and guests, including people of different cultures, lifestyles, creeds, nationalities, races and ages.” From a statement by a spokesman for Tenaya Lodge:

    Tenaya Lodge today became aware of the nature of VDare Foundation, an organization that several weeks ago booked meeting space and rooms from March 31 to April 2.

    Unfortunately, at the time of booking we did not realize this group has values that are in conflict with our embracement of diversity among our employees and guests, including people of different cultures, lifestyles, creeds, nationalities, races and ages. We are also concerned that providing meeting space and rooms to this group could be disruptive to our other guests’ enjoyment of Tenaya Lodge and the services we provide to those guests.

    In response, we’ve taken steps to immediately cancel this booking. We regret the mistake and want to assure our employees and guests that in no way does Tenaya Lodge endorse this group.