Whitefish officials told the Flathead Beacon earlier this week that The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi site, submitted an incomplete special event permit that lacked a certificate of insurance, map of the planned march route, and other basic elements of the special event checklist. The $65 money order attached to the application was also $60 short of the $125 the town charges to hold parades.
Whitefish City Manager Chuck Stearns told the Flathead Beacon that he could not “act on an incomplete application.”
Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin announced online Wednesday that the march would have to be rescheduled because the town did not process its permit.
“I have spoken at length with my lawyers – though the ACLU has yet to respond to my inquiry – and we’ve decided that due to the permit refusal by the city of Whitefish, we will need to postpone the planned march,” he wrote in a post that blamed the delay on “Jewish trickery.”
Anglin had organized the event over the town’s rejection of Richard Spencer, the white nationalist activist who says he coined the term “alt-right” and lives part-time in the area. Many residents of the isolated ski town, whose economy is dependent on tourism, have spoken out against Spencer’s beliefs. Spencer’s mother, Sherry, who owns a mixed-use building in downtown Whitefish, has argued online that the community has retaliated against her business because of her son’s views.
Anglin pledged that he would reschedule the march “probably for some time in February.”