White supremacist site posts personal details of Jews in Montana and urges ‘call for action’

The website targets Jews in Whitefish, the town where white supremacist Richard Spencer’s mother lives

Rachael Revesz
Sunday 18 December 2016 22:26 GMT
White supremacist Richard Spencer is part of a movement which has been emboldened in the wake of Donald Trump
White supremacist Richard Spencer is part of a movement which has been emboldened in the wake of Donald Trump (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

A white supremacist website has endangered people’s lives by posting contact details and photos of Jewish residents in a small Montana town – where the mother of white supremacist Richard Spencer lives - and has urged readers to "take action".

The Daily Stormer, a racist website that describes Jews as a "people without shame", cites a Daily Mail article which alleges that Sherry Spencer was considering selling her business in Whitefish, as she claimed she was suffering backlash against her son’s views. Richard Spencer is a member of white supremacist think tank the National Policy Institute, which coined the term alt-right.

The attacks focus on a group called Love Lives Here, which Ms Spencer accused of damaging her family.

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The peace organisation, which is "committed to co-creating a caring, open, accepting and diverse community, free from discrimination and dedicated to equal treatment", denied any wrongdoing.

The fascist website has posted photos, phone numbers, addresses and social media channels of members of Love Lives Here. It also posted a picture of a child and pasted yellow stars on each photo. Jewish people in Nazi Germany were forced to wear a similar yellow star on their clothing. The article told readers to "hit them up".

"Are y’all ready for an old fashioned Troll Storm?" the Daily Stormer article by Andrew Anglin read.

"This is very important," it added. "Calling these people up and/or sending them a quick message is very easy. It is very important that we make them feel the kind of pressure they are making us feel.

"There hasn’t been a more important campaign than this."

The FBI could not be immediately contacted for comment by The Independent.

A local rabbi contacted by The Independent said by email that "out of concern for the safety of the people being attacked in Whitefish" they did not want to provide further comment.

The "campaign", which urges readers to tell male members to put their wives "on a leash", has been supported by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Both Spencer and Duke supported Donald Trump for president.

Love Lives Here Chairman Will Randall told the Missoulian that the discrimination has been "gut-wrenching".

"These are some of the best people around, and to see them attacked because they’re Jewish or have a Jewish-sounding name is disgusting," he said.

Richard Spencer recently held a white supremacist conference in Washington DC, near the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

"Hail, Trump! Hail, victory!" he called out and made the Nazi salute.

The museum responded that Spencer’s words echoed the call to action from Adolf Hitler.

"The Holocaust did not begin with killing; it began with words."

The incident in Whitefish, Montana, is the latest in a string of white supremacist-motivated hate crimes in the run up to and the election of Mr Trump. The president-elect was criticised for being slow to disavow endorsement from the KKK, and has frequently made racist statements about Muslims, Latinos and African Americans.

The Southern Poverty Law Centre said there were 300 reported hate crimes in the week after the election, and close to 1,100 such reported crimes in the month since 8 November.

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