Montana Pols Condemn Neo-Nazis’ Threats Of Armed March On Ski Town

AP

Montana’s top statewide officials released a statement Tuesday condemning threats from the publisher of neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer to organize an armed march in January “against Jews, Jewish businesses and everyone who supports either” in the small ski town of Whitefish.

“Hatred and threats of violence are unacceptable and have no place in the town of Whitefish, or in any other community in Montana or across this nation,” reads an open letter published Tuesday morning and signed by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), Gov. Steve Bullock (D) and state Attorney General Tim Fox (R).

“We say to those few who seek to publicize anti-Semitic views that they shall find no safe haven here,” the letter states. “We offer our full support to the Jewish community, Montana families, businesses, faith organizations and law enforcement officers as they ensure the security of all our communities.”

Andrew Anglin, the founder and publisher of The Daily Stormer, had threatened to organize the march in response to the town’s rejection of prominent white nationalist leader Richard Spencer, but later said he may cancel the march if Whitefish residents agree to meet a list of demands.

One of the signees, Zinke, was recently tapped to be Donald Trump’s incoming secretary of the interior.

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