The publisher of a white supremacist website is offering to call off a proposed armed march in Whitefish next month.
Andrew Anglin runs The Daily Stormer, a site that recently called for a “troll storm” against people who objected to the work of Richard Spencer, who heads the white supremacist National Policy Institute and who lives part of the year in the ski resort town. Spencer gained notoriety when, shortly after the election, he spoke at a white nationalist rally in Washington where some raised their arms in Nazi-style salutes when he said, “Hail, Trump.”
The Stormer claimed that members of Love Lives Here, an organization founded in 2009 in response to screenings of pro-Hitler films by a white separatist group, had harmed the Whitefish business of Spencer’s mother. Last week, it posted photos of members of the group with Stars of David with the word Jude – German for Jewish – superimposed on their clothing. The post included their phone numbers, addresses and social media information, and urged Stormer followers to harass them.
Anglin followed that up with a post Thursday that added more names to the list, along with the names and contact information of other Whitefish businesses, the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce, and the Montana Human Rights Network, as well as Montana’s U.S. senators, Jon Tester and Steve Daines, and Gov. Steve Bullock. The three elected officials, along with Montana's congressman, Ryan Zinke, all have strongly denounced the beliefs espoused by The Daily Stormer and Spencer.
And, he warned, “For the next phase of our plan … we are planning an armed protest in Whitefish. Montana has extremely liberal open carry laws, so my lawyer is telling me we can easily march through the center of the town carrying high-powered rifles.”
Anglin estimated he could attract 200 followers from his march, “which will be against Jews, Jewish businesses and everyone who supports either. We will be busing in skinheads from the Bay Area.” As for a date, he said only that the march would be held in the second week in January.
“We’re aware of it,” Sgt. Dave Herman of the Whitefish Police Department said Saturday, adding that the department was familiar with the posts, but had no details beyond that.
Anglin’s most recent post included a photo of the gate at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, where more than 1 million people, most of them Jews, were killed. Photos of Whitefish residents, including a child, were superimposed on the gate. Anglin’s site, and many of his posts, contain a disclaimer that The Daily Stormer opposes violence.
But on Friday he appeared to back down, posting about a “monumental breakthrough” in which, among other things, he quoted an Associated Press report in which Love Lives Here head Will Randall reiterated that his group had never tried to pressure Spencer’s mother about her business.
And he offered to call off his march if various terms were met, including “a promise that any protest actions you take in the future against Richard Spencer will not involve his family members,” from Love Lives Here.