The founder of the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer on Friday called for retaliation against people who he said were Jewish residents of Whitefish, Montana, the hometown of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer.
The post from Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin referenced a Daily Mail article in which Spencer’s mother, Sherry Spencer, says a building she owns in the ski resort town had been targeted by a local activist group called Love Lives Here, and that she was considering selling it as a result.
Richard Spencer is president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist organization that made news recently for hosting a celebratory gathering in Washington, D.C., after Donald Trump’s electoral victory. Spencer ended his remarks at the event by shouting “Hail the people! Hail victory!” after which numerous audience members raised their hands in Nazi salutes.
“We are 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,” the Daily Mail article quotes Sherry Spencer as saying to local news station KTMF.
Even though Anglin’s post included a generic note that said he disavowed violence and threats of violence, Anglin went on to publish phone numbers, email addresses, physical addresses of businesses owned by some of the group’s members, and photographs of group members and their children, some doctored to feature yellow “Jude” stars.
Two members of the activist group were recently featured in a CNN report on Spencer’s ties to the town. Tanya Gersh, one of the people targeted in Anglin’s post, previously told KTMF in an email: “She (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.”
KTMF reported that Sherry’s home is still listed as the principal office location for the National Policy Institute.
In an op-ed posted Saturday, Sherry and Rand Spencer, Richard Spencer’s father, write that “We are not racists. We have never been racists. We do not endorse the idea of white nationalism.”