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Montana Lawmakers Denounce Plans For Neo-Nazi Rally

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Montana Lawmakers Denounce Plans For Neo-Nazi Rally

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(Reuters) – Top Montana Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Tuesday warned neo-Nazis they would find “no safe haven” for a rally that could include guns planned for next month in a mountain town where white nationalists have threatened Jewish residents.

The lawmakers include both Democrats and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke, recently picked by Republican President-elect Donald Trump to be interior secretary.

“We say to those few who seek to publicize anti-Semitic views that they shall find no safe haven here,” Zinke wrote in an open letter also signed by Democratic Montana Governor Steve Bullock, U.S. senators Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Jon Tester, and Republican Attorney General Tim Fox.

Neo-Nazis plan to march in January in the mountain ski town of Whitefish in Montana’s remote and rugged northwestern reaches. The march is to support the mother of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. Sherry Spencer is facing pressure from community members to sell a building she owns in Whitefish because of its ties to her son and disavow her son’s beliefs.

Community members held a vigil and a protest earlier this month in front of the building.

As pressure mounted against the building, the neo-Nazi and white supremacist website “Daily Stormer” urged its readers in an article to “take action” against Jews in the Whitefish area.

In its article, the “Daily Stormer” called for an “old fashioned Troll Storm” against community members and published their names and phone numbers along with yellow Jewish stars superimposed over their photographs. It also said that because of gun laws in Montana, “we can easily march through the center of the town carrying high-powered rifles.”

The website contains many anti-Semitic descriptions and images of Jews, but said it does not endorse violence.

Spencer is the president of the National Policy Institute, a think tank within the alt-right movement, which includes neo-Nazis and white supremacists. In a video posted online by the Atlantic Monthly magazine, some institute members could be seen hailing Trump’s election victory with Nazi-era salutes after Spencer addressed the group at its conference last month in Washington, D.C.

Spencer has said on Twitter he might pursue Zinke’s House of Representatives seat if Zinke is confirmed as Trump’s interior secretary.

Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial told Reuters in a phone interview last week that his department had assigned extra patrols to the homes and businesses of the residents identified in the article. However, Dial said there had been no reports of harassment or intimidation of the Jewish community that rose to the level of a crime.

Dial also said Federal Bureau of Investigation officials told him they interviewed Spencer and that he denounced the “Daily Stormer” postings.

In a statement to Reuters, Spencer’s father said he and his wife “love our son, but do not agree with his polemics, societal desires or his extreme political leanings.”

(Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver and Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Writing and additional reporting by Eric M. Johnson from Seattle; Editing by Ben Klayman and Lisa Shumaker)

IMAGE: Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute arrives on campus to speak at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge

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5 Comments

  1. FireBaron December 28, 2016

    But these guys all voted for Teflon Donnie! Doesn’t that mean they get whatever they want, including the right to hold a pogrom if they want to?

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    1. dbtheonly December 28, 2016

      No, coming up against real people, with real neighbors, and real police, who don’t want heavily armed Sturmgeshutz (check spelling) wandering their town.

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  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth December 28, 2016

    The time is long overdue for a united stand against bigotry, racialism, and the many despicable offshoots of nativism. But now is the time to move forward, at least in a manner for the time being approximating the Spirit of Age as presented by Baha’u’llah.

    On numerous occasions He stressed that humanity the world over has reached the level of maturity in its evolution to be able to see the entire earth as “one country”, and all its peoples as its “citizens”.

    Neo-Nazis, the KKK, right-wing extremists and conservative elements with their belligerent attitudes, whether in America, Israel, Russia, China, the theocrats in Iran, Assad in Syria, and any other factions, stand as primary impediments in opposition to this Vision.

    At least for now, even if one doesn’t wholeheartedly accept this Vision, the various Party affiliates in America must unite against these dangerous satanic agents who stand opposed to God. So distorted has the vision of extremists like neo-Nazis has become, that the God they envision is only a mirage of obscure and anachronistic thoughts and ideologies—Racialism, Trumpism, Greed, a rigid political viewpoint, an insane Nationalism, are some of the pantheon of gods worshiped by these new “Kaffirs” and idol-worshipers.

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  3. Dan S December 28, 2016

    In Montana the right wing legislators in their infinite wisdom has passed a law allowing open carry anywhere they go. These Nazis that are planning this march next month have every intention to carry high powered rifles. This demonstration could be very violent & explosive

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth December 28, 2016

      Sounds as though the madness is spreading in an insidious way. So many just seem to be looking for any excuse to try out their weapons.

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