White nationalist wants to unleash his troll army on Jews in Montana

The Daily Stormer, one of the most popular white supremacist websites on the internet, is doing its vile thing

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published December 19, 2016 9:31PM (EST)

Richard Spencer   (AP/David J. Phillip)
Richard Spencer (AP/David J. Phillip)

The Daily Stormer, a white nationalist and anti-Semitic website, is baiting its army of anti-Semites and racists to troll Jewish residents in Whitefish, Montana.

The screed — which won't be linked to — includes names, pictures and contact information for allegedly Jewish individuals and institutions in the town. The site's owner and founder, Andrew Anglin, has claimed that the widespread doxing was result of what he referred to as people trying to "silence" white nationalist figurehead Richard Spencer by "harassing his mother."

"There are only 6,000 Jews in the entire state of Montana, yet they’re 100% of the people trying to trying to silence Richard Spencer by harassing his mother," Anglin wrote. "So Then — Let’s Hit Em Up. Are y’all ready for an old fashioned Troll Storm? Because AYO — it’s that time, fam."

Anglin was responding to a Tuesday story by KTMF-TV including the claims of Richard Spencer's mother that she was being pressured into selling her businesses. The article also cited a community activist's email asserting that the white nationalist's mother was using her home address as the headquarters for Richard Spencer.

Sherry "is profiting off of the people of the local community, all the while having facilitated Richard’s work spreading hate by letting him live and use her home address for his organization,” the activist wrote in an email to the TV station and added that Spencer "could address this by selling the building, making a donation to human rights efforts, and making a statement in opposition to white supremacist ideas spread by Richard."

Anglin's idea of "harassment," according to the TV station's report, amounted to people asking Sherry Spencer, "Do you really think people will want to rent from a racist?” An organization known as Love Lives Here once planned to picket in front of Sherry Spencer's apartment but the protest was called off when Spencer said she was selling her rental business, according to the news organization.

In his article posted on Friday, Anglin told his readers to "tell [Jewish residents] you are sickened by their Jew agenda to attack and harm the mother of someone whom they disagree with." He added, "It is very important that we make them feel the kind of pressure they are making us feel. There hasn’t ever been a more important campaign than this."

One law enforcement official indicated he was not aware of reports of violence toward Sherry Spencer from the community activists in Montana who want the state to be more inclusive. "We have not had any calls from Sherry Spencer on any criminal issue," Whitefish Police Lt. Bridger Kelch told Salon by phone on Monday.

Anglin's post included doctored photographs of supposedly Jewish residents of the town, with photoshopped yellow Stars of David with the word "Jude" on them — seemingly a reference to the discrimination against Jews in the run-up to the Holocaust. Anglin covered his ass by saying his readers shouldn't engage in "VIOLENCE OR THREATS OF VIOLENCE OR ANYTHING EVEN CLOSE TO THAT."

"It is clear and obvious extortion," Anglin wrote in his Friday article in reference to the community protests against Sherry Spencer. "They are saying 'give us money, or we are going to continue this campaign of terror against you and your family.' It couldn’t be any more clear. All of these Jew organizations engage in this transparent extortion racket with impunity."

For her part, Sherry Spencer wrote in an email included in KTMF-TV's coverage that she was "stunned by the actions of Love Lives Here, an organization claiming to advocate tolerance and equal treatment of all citizens, yet coursing financial harm to many innocent parties."

"I don't know what she's talking about," said an activist and co-founder of pro-tolerance group Love Lives Here. "We don't cause financial harm to anybody. . . . I don't know what he does when he comes here. But that is not our problem with Richard Spencer.  It is the National Policy Institute and what that stands for and our town being smeared by his philosophy."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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