Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s claim that the November elections will be “rigged” against him has resulted in suggestions of post-election violence from his “alt-right” supporters. Two leading neo-Nazi websites have suggested that if the election is rigged against Trump, there will be an “uprising -- violent or otherwise -- from the American people” and an “open race war” necessitating guns.
Trump Has Emboldened The Neo-Nazi Websites Daily Stormer And Infostormer
Daily Stormer And Infostormer Are Neo-Nazi “Alt-Right” Websites That Support Trump. The Daily Stormer is a neo-Nazi website that claims to be “the world’s most visited alt-right web site.” It is led by virulent racist Andrew Anglin. The site purports to document the “Jewish problem” and routinely attacks its opponents as “kikes.” Infostormer -- a neo-Nazi website with the slogan “destroying Jewish tyranny” -- is led by Lee Rogers. It labels itself an “alt-right” website and frequently attacks Jewish people as “kikes.” [Media Matters, 9/20/16; Infostormer, 8/26/16]
ADL: Daily Stormer And Infostormer “Have Encouraged Their Followers To Tweet Anti-Semitic Language And Memes At Jewish Journalists.” Daily Stormer and Infostormer have led online harassment campaigns against Jewish journalists, as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) documented in an October report:
Two of the neo-Nazis responsible for some of the attacks on Jewish journalists are Andrew Anglin, founder of the extremely popular white supremacist website The Daily Stormer and Lee Rogers of Infostormer (formerly The Daily Slave). While both Anglin and Rogers are banned from Twitter, they have encouraged their followers to Tweet anti-Semitic language and memes at Jewish journalists, including Julia Ioffe and Jonathan Weisman.
Ioffe wrote a profile of Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, for the May 2016 issue of GQ. Anglin and Rogers (self-identified Trump supporters) felt the piece was unflattering. Anglin wrote to his supporters on April 28, “Please go ahead and send her a tweet and let her know what you think of her dirty kike trickery. Make sure to identify her as a Jew working against White interests, or send her the picture with the Jude star from the top of the article.” Anglin provided Ioffe’s Twitter address and the anti-Semitic picture he mentioned. Rogers followed a similar path a few days later, telling his supporters, “I would encourage a continued trolling effort against this evil Jewish bitch.” He then provided Ioffe’s Twitter address. [Anti-Defamation League, 10/19/16]
Trump Emboldened Anti-Semitic Websites Like Daily Stormer By Justifying Their Attacks. Trump thrilled and emboldened his racist online neo-Nazi supporters when he refused to denounce their attacks on the media. During a May 2016 interview, CNN asked Trump if he would denounce the anti-Semitic attacks against reporter Julia Ioffe for writing a profile of Melania Trump. Trump declined and instead justified the attacks, stating: “I don’t have a message to the fans. A woman wrote a article that was inaccurate.” The Daily Stormer celebrated Trump’s interview by labeling his response a “victory.” [Media Matters, 5/6/16]
Trump And The White Nationalist Movement Have A Disturbing Relationship. Members of the white nationalist/“alt-right” movement have been heavily supporting Trump’s campaign, and the candidate and his team have been courting members of the movement, including by appearing in white nationalist media, refusing to denounce them, and retweeting their messages. [Media Matters, 8/18/16]
Daily Stormer And Infostormer Suggest Violence Because Of “Rigged” Election
Donald Trump Has Repeatedly Claimed The Election Is Rigged Against Him. Trump has repeatedly claimed that the Democrats will rig the election to ensure a win for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. During the third and final presidential debate, as The Associated Press noted, Trump threatened “to upend a fundamental pillar of American democracy” when he refused to say “that he will accept the results of next month's election if he loses to Hillary Clinton.” [Media Matters, 10/12/16; The Associated Press, 10/19/16]
Wash. Post: Trump’s Rigged Talk Has Caused Government Officials To Prepare “For The Possibility Of Unrest Or Even Violence On Election Day.” [The Washington Post, 10/17/16]
Daily Stormer Posts Pictures Of Hitler Next To Guns And Writes: “If We Don’t Win This, It’s Going To Be Open Race War.” In a post about Trump warning about election fraud, editor Andrew Anglin wrote:
(The picture of Hitler alongside guns was taken by police in a raid of a home that had “an arsenal of assault rifles, bomb-making manuals, and neo-Nazi propaganda.”) [The Daily Stormer, 8/2/16; The Daily Beast, 6/18/16]
Daily Stormer: Democrats Should “Be Fearing … Some Type Of Uprising -- Violent Or Otherwise -- From The American People.” In an October 18 Daily Stormer post, Lee Rogers wrote:
While a Neo-Nazi uprising is one possible outcome, it is honestly hard to predict what is going to happen after the election. Hillary Clinton has proven herself to be the most corrupt political figure in American history. It would be unacceptable to many Americans for her to hold the highest office in the land.
What’s important to understand is that this is not a view held exclusively by Nazis. The people showing up at Trump rallies in the thousands and tens of thousands want her put in jail for her crimes. There is also verifiable proof that the FBI investigation into her illegal e-mail server was rigged. It was not a legitimate investigation. Trump himself has gone so far as to call for an investigation into the investigation.
What the Marxists should be fearing more than anything is some type of uprising -- violent or otherwise -- from the American people. Of course they seem to view all Trump supporter as Nazis, so I guess it’s the same difference. [The Daily Stormer, 10/18/16]
Daily Stormer: “People Aren’t Going To Quietly Go Home If The Jews Steal This From Us.” Daily Stormer writer Zeiger wrote of the prospect of “the Jews” stealing the election from Trump:
This election is a referendum on the future of Western civilization.
No, people aren’t going to quietly go home if the Jews steal this from us.
They better be prepared for the wrath of the God Emperor once their schemes hatch and the whole world knows of their trickery.
The reality is that people are really mad. They’ve been mad for a long time. They knew they were being dispossessed, and now Trump is showing them that they’re not alone.
This Trump train can’t be stopped. Not even by a Hillary win. [The Daily Stormer, 10/17/16]
Infostormer: “Are You Ready For WAR, White Man? Because Our Enemies Will Then Stop At Nothing To Exterminate Us.” Infostormer writer “Marcus Cicero” wrote in an August 2 post: