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Executive Summary

Since the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) first formed in 1865, white supremacist groups in the United States have propagated racism, hatred, and violence. Individuals belonging to these groups have been charged with a range of crimes, including civil rights violations, racketeering, solicitation to commit crimes of violence, firearms and explosives violations, and witness tampering.* Nonetheless, white supremacist groups––and their extremist ideologies––persist in the United States today. A February 2017 Southern Poverty Law Center report identified 100 active white nationalist and 99 active neo-Nazi groups in the country.*

In its Guide to White Supremacy Groups, the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) has identified seven especially virulent white supremacist groups, which principally espouse white ethno-nationalism and/or National Socialism (neo-Nazi). Neo-Nazi groups, such as the National Socialist Movement and Atomwaffen Division, generally make no effort to hide their belief that the white race is superior to others. Their ideologies also usually include anti-Semitic and homophobic components that are in line with Nazi dogma. In contrast, groups such as the League of the South and Identity Evropa propagate their radical stances under the guise of white ethno-nationalism, which seeks to highlight the distinctiveness––rather than the superiority––of the white identity. Furthermore, it claims that the white identity is under threat from minorities or immigrants that seek to replace its culture. For example, Identity Evropa's chant, "You will not replace us," insinuates that growing minority populations threaten to overtake whites of European heritage in American society.* Such groups frequently attempt to downplay the radical nature of their views and instead portray white ethno-nationalism as a legitimate ideology that belongs in mainstream political and academic spheres.

In an effort to gain popular support and acceptance for their radical platforms, most of the groups profiled in this resource have officially renounced violence and instead rely on demonstrations and propaganda to sway public opinion. Nonetheless, many affiliated individuals have still been involved in violent altercations spurred by ideologies that encourage racial elitism. Furthermore, violence plays a defining role for groups like Atomwaffen Division, which projects the image of a heavily armed militia preparing for an impending race war.*

Most of the groups profiled are comprised of a younger demographic of individuals in their 20s and 30s, and primarily target youth for recruitment through social media and other means. Groups like Identity Evropa, Atomwaffen Division, and Vanguard America have actually spread their propaganda on college campuses, and groups such as the National Socialist Movement and League of the South have created youth wings and student memberships.* In recent years, social media and the Internet have also provided new outlets for white supremacists to spread their messages and recruit supporters. The founders of Atomwaffen Division met and organized on the now-defunct fascist online forum IronMarch, and created a cult-like subculture on social media through which they have further propagated their ideology.* Stormfront, America's oldest and most notorious neo-Nazi online forum founded in 1995, was removed by its Internet host in August 2017, but simply resurfaced months later.* Other forums, like the Daily Stormer, have moved their operations to the Dark Web, which is accessible only through encrypted software.* Websites like American Renaissance—which is easily accessible on the surface web—act as online media outlets, displaying links to pseudo-intellectual articles, videos, and podcasts that attempt to present white supremacy as a legitimate social science.

CEP's Guide to White Supremacy Groups provides an overview of the history, propaganda, violent activities, and notable rhetoric of the most active and virulent white supremacist groups in the United States, as well as several prominent white supremacist media outlets.

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Key Points:

Some modern white supremacist groups, such as the Nationalist Socialist Movement and Atomwaffen Division, subscribe to a National Socialist (neo-Nazi) ideology. These groups generally make no effort to hide their overt racist belief that the white race is superior to others.

Other modern white supremacist groups, however, propagate their radical stances under the guise of white ethno-nationalism, which seeks to highlight the distinctiveness––rather than the superiority––of the white identity. Such groups, which include the League of the South and Identity Evropa, usually claim that white identity is under threat from minorities or immigrants that seek to replace its culture, and seek to promote white ethno-nationalism as a legitimate ideology that belongs in mainstream political spheres.

Most modern white supremacist groups eschew violent tactics in favor of using demonstrations and propaganda to sway public opinion and portray their ideologies as legitimate. However, their racial elitist ideologies have nonetheless spurred affiliated individuals to become involved in violent altercations.

White supremacist groups often target youth for recruitment through propaganda campaigns on university campuses and social media platforms. White supremacists have long utilized Internet forums and websites to connect, organize, and propagate their extremist messages.

American Renaissance

American Renaissance

American Renaissance is a right-wing magazine-turned-blog dedicated to discussing the "problems of race."* The online magazine is edited by Jared Taylor, who has previously acted as a spokesman for the white supremacist group Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC). CCC president Earl Holt has also contributed to and commented on American Renaissance's website.* American Renaissance's publishers consider it the "Internet's premier race-realist site."*

American Renaissance ran as a monthly print magazine from 1990 to 2012 before switching to an online-only format.* American Renaissance collects tax-deductible donations through the New Century Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit Taylor created in 1994.* According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the New Century Foundation promotes "pseudo-scientific studies and research that purport to show the inferiority of blacks to whites," which utilize academic jargon to disguise itself as serious scholarship.* In 2016, the Associated Press reported that the New Century Foundation, alongside three other white supremacist non-profit groups, had raised more than $8 million in a 10-year period.*

Leadership

Editor-in-chief Jared Taylor, with support from Henry Wolff and Chris Roberts.*


Jared Taylor
Editor-in-chief

Henry Wolff

Chris Roberts

Base of Operations

Oakton, Virginia*

Website

www.amren.com

Social Media

Twitter (suspended), Youtube

Membership Size and Relevance

American Renaissance has a major online presence. Its Twitter account had more than 27, followers as of August 25, 2017, but has since been suspended.* Its YouTube channel has more than 58, subscribers and 132 videos that have received more than 6.4 million views as of April 2, 2018.* In addition to its online activities, the website's followers also meet in person. American Renaissance's 2017 annual conference drew what it called a "sell-out," "record" crowd of 300 participants, and allegedly turned away up to 150 others.* The conference included notorious white supremacists such as Richard Spencer and Nathan Damigo of Identity Evropa.*

Recruitment and Propaganda

American Renaissance employs what Jared Taylor has referred to as "sober, factual discussion" in order to present its ethno-nationalism as an academic endeavor.* The website's leaders employ academic language to present racist ideas as legitimate social science. For example, the group's self-description claims they are "dedicated to the study of immigration and race relations so as to better understand the consequences of America's increasing diversity…."* American Renaissance labels its so-called academic approach as "race realism," the study of which it promotes as necessary for "the survival of the West."*

American Renaissance also maintains a merchandise section on its website, and encourages visitors to donate directly to the site's non-profit parent group, New Century Foundation, or bequeath a donation in their wills.*

American Renaissance's 2017 annual conference drew what it called a "sell-out," "record" crowd of 300 participants, allegedly turning away up to 150 others.

Violent Activities

American Renaissance is not known to have instigated any violent attacks. The organization instead relies on the spread of racist propaganda through its own media channels.

Rhetoric

  • Jared Taylor, July 2017: "We are in a battle for our lives. We are all soldiers in this titanic battle. And we will win!"*
  • Jared Taylor, October 20, 2016: "Neither the French nor the Americans can solve their race problem because they are mentally paralyzed. They refuse to see that the multi-racial societies they are trying to build cannot succeed, and they continue to pile compromise onto accommodation rather than give up on a futile goal."*
  • Jared Taylor, October 11, 2016: "What whites are expected to do is without precedent in human history. We have the power to keep our lands for ourselves, but we are throwing them open to aliens, aliens who despise us as they take what is ours. Many nations have been overrun by powerful invaders. Never has any people or nation let itself be pillaged by the weak. This is a mental sickness unique to whites and unique to our era."*

Atomwaffen Division

Atomwaffen Division

German for "atomic weapons," Atomwaffen Division (AWD) is a neo-Nazi organization that seeks the creation of a National Socialist government through a violent "white revolution," and believes that a race war is inevitable.* The group promotes Nazi and satanic propaganda in pursuit of "total Aryan victory."* AWD gained national prominence after some of its members attacked counter-protesters at the August 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Police also suspect individual AWD members to be the perpetrators of multiple murders throughout 2017 and 2018.*

AWD follows a neo-Nazi ideology promoted by James Mason, a former American Nazi Party member and a follower of cult leader Charles Manson.* During the 1980s, Mason wrote a series of pro-Manson and pro-Nazi newsletters that he called Siege and later compiled into a book of the same name.* Users on the now-defunct fascist web forum IronMarch formed AWD after discovering Siege. They based AWD's ideology on Mason's ideas of autonomous terror cells fighting a guerilla war against "the system."*

A 2018 joint ProPublica and PBS investigation identified multiple active-duty and former U.S. soldiers in AWD, including co-founder Brandon Russell, who served in the Florida National Guard.* These AWD members have reportedly organized training sessions in hand-to-hand combat and weaponry.* ProPublica identified active-duty Marine Vasillios Pistolis as an AWD cell leader responsible for physical attacks during the 2017 Charlottesville protest.* The Marines court martialed, jailed, and discharged Pistolis after the public revelation of his identity.*

Other far-right groups have condemned AWD as a cult front for the British neo-Nazi Satanist group the Order of the Nine Angles. In January 2018, a former AWD member wrote online that the group had been infiltrated by Satanists. According to leaked chat transcripts, several AWD members have resigned as of March 2018 because of the growing occult fixation, while others have embraced the satanic imagery.*

Leadership

Brandon Russell and Devon Arthurs co-founded AWD in 2015.* John Cameron Denton, a.k.a. "Rape," is the current reported leader of AWD, though Russell reaffirmed his position as leader in a May 2018 recording from prison.* Kaleb J. Cole is the reported leader of AWD's Washington state chapter. Sean Michael Fernandez is a leader of the Texas cell.* According to Vice News, a Canadian individual who goes by the pseudonym Dark Foreigner is AWD's official propagandist and graphic designer.*


Brandon Russell

Devon Arthurs

John Cameron Denton

Kaleb J. Cole

Sean Michael Fernandez

Base of Operations

AWD has no central base of operations. AWD reportedly operates chapters in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, Canada, and Germany.*

Website

https://atomwaffendivision.org (suspended), https://siegeculture.biz/

Social Media

Gab (Dark Foreigner), Gab (Groz), Gab (Siege Culture), Gab (Sonnenkreig Division), Twitter (AtomwaffenDiv) (Suspended), Twitter (Dark Foreigner), Twitter (Siege Culture), Twitter (Wallcroft AW), Tumblr (Dark Foreigner), YouTube (Atomwaffen Division) (Suspended), YouTube (Dark Foreigner), YouTube (SiegeWave), YouTube (Read SIEGE)

AWD has posted propaganda videos on the video-sharing service BitChute.* The group previously posted propaganda videos to YouTube, which led to a February 2018 Daily Beast report on YouTube's refusal to ban AWD for violations of its terms of service. YouTube subsequently suspended AWD's account, citing "multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy prohibiting hate speech."*

Membership Size and Relevance

AWD reportedly has approximately 80 members in about 20 cells around the United States. According to a former AWD member, AWD saw a membership surge after the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. A 2018 ProPublica investigation identified AWD members in at least 23 states. According to AWD chat records, its largest chapters are in Washington, Virginia, and Texas.* The group has also reportedly expanded into Canada and Germany.*

In July 2018, AWD members on the social media site Gab began displaying the name Sonnenkrieg Division, which launched its own Gab page the following month. The group appears to be a subdivision of AWD and uses similar propaganda and imagery.*

Recruitment and Propaganda

James Mason's book Siege is required reading for AWD members.* In 2017, a group of IronMarch members created a website for Mason's writings at https://siegeculture.biz/.* The site's administrators credit AWD for the development of the so-called Siege Culture promoting Mason and his writings.* AWD openly embraces Nazi and satanic imagery and rhetoric based on Mason's Nazi beliefs and fealty to the late cult leader Charles Manson.* AWD members have also cited Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and mass shooters Dylann Roof and Anders Breivik as inspirations.*

In June 2018, AWD reportedly began selling t-shirts through the online retailer Teespring in support of Sam Woodward, the AWD member who allegedly murdered Blaze Bernstein in California earlier that year.*

Violent Activities

AWD propaganda videos have featured members armed with assault weapons attending military-style training sessions. Leaked chat logs of AWD members include discussions of targeting U.S. power facilities and other infrastructure.* The group itself has not yet claimed any specific attacks, but individual AWD members have been linked to multiple acts of violence.

Rhetoric

Identity Evropa

Identity Evropa

Created in 2016, Identity Evropa is a white supremacist group that promotes white European identity and the preservation of white culture based on the concept of "identitarian politics." Identity Evropa claims to represent a "generation of awakened Europeans" who "oppose those who would defame our history and rich cultural heritage."*

Founder Nathan Damigo is a former Marine who was convicted of armed robbery after returning from two tours in Iraq. In prison, he read the works of former KKK leader David Duke and white supremacist J. Philippe Rushton.* Damigo has spoken publicly alongside white nationalist Richard Spencer, whom Damigo has planned to include in future rallies. Identity Evropa largely targets college students and views protests like the August 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as recruitment drives.*

Eli Mosley, who took over Identity Evropa from Damigo in late August 2017, played a key role in organizing the Unite the Right rally earlier that month in Charlottesville. Encouraged by the perceived success of the rally, Mosley told the media that he planned to organize many more rallies for Identity Evropa.* In early December 2017, Mosley resigned and Patrick Casey, a.k.a. Reinhard Wolff, became the group's new CEO. Casey reportedly wanted to distance Identity Evropa from the negative coverage of the Charlottesville rally through more private, invitation-only events rather than large gatherings like Unite the Right. Casey has called for more public banner displays and more demonstrations on college campuses, as well as at meet-ups, fitness clubs, and similar communal events.*

Leadership


Nathan Damigo
Founder and former leader*

Eli Mosley
Former CEO*

Patrick Casey
CEO

Base of Operations

Oakdale, California*

Website

www.identityevropa.com

Social Media

Twitter, Twitter (Ladies of IE), Twitter (Nathan Damigo), Twitter (Eli Mosley)(suspended),Twitter (Patrick Casey), YouTube

Membership Size and Relevance

Identity Evropa allegedly had a nationwide membership of 300 as of February 2017, but the group has had an increasingly visible presence at national white-supremacy rallies and in the media.* Damigo has become a key figure in the white supremacist world, as well as an outspoken critic of the opposing Antifa movement, and has also appeared alongside prominent white supremacists such as David Duke and Jared Taylor.

Identity Evropa has more than 29,000 followers on Twitter.* Damigo had more than 20,000 followers on Twitter as of January 2018, but that number dropped below 19,000 by April 2, 2018.* Patrick Casey had more than 8,800 Twitter followers as of April 2, 2018, and the Ladies of IE Twitter account had more than 200 followers as of the same date.* The Identity Evropa YouTube account had more than 4,300 subscribers as of April 2, 2018, and its 12 videos had collectively received more than 117,000 views.*

Recruitment and Propaganda

Identity Evropa focuses its propaganda and recruitment efforts primarily on university campuses, where it has sought to start student groups. In 2017, Identity Evropa propaganda appeared on more than 30 college campuses.* The group's membership form invites those U.S. residents "of European, non-Semitic heritage" to join its ranks. Applicants "ready to make a real difference for the future of our people" are interviewed over video conference call.* The group uses as its logo an old European design of a dragon's eye with a "Y" inside, which it claims represents the choice between good and evil.*

Violent Activities

Identity Evropa members have been involved in violent confrontations during several far-right rallies across the country.

Rhetoric

League of the South

League of the South

Created in 1994, the League of the South is a self-proclaimed "neo-Confederate" group that seeks a second Southern secession and a society dominated by "European Americans."* The League advocates the transformation of southern U.S. states into independent nations in order to protect Southerners of European descent who are "committed to preserving the traditional culture of the South."* The group promotes itself as pro-South and pro-white, and has levied hateful rhetoric against non-Christians and African Americans, among other minorities. The League further claims that it is not a racist organization, as it deems the word "racist" to be "a slur used by anti-Whites."" Instead, the group argues it is "pro-South and pro-White."*

The League of the South has warned supporters about the loss of white, Christian culture in America due to what the group calls the "corrupt and corrupting influence of post-Christian culture in America."* During the League's June 2017 national conference in Alabama, former KKK leader David Duke said that there has been a "purposeful destruction of our country" and praised the League's "glorious leader," Michael Hill.*

In February 2017, the League of the South created the Southern Defense Force to "combat this growing leftist menace to our historic Christian civilization." League of the South founder Michael Hill noted that the League does not promote violence except in "self-defense of life, liberty, and property," but has called on followers to stand ready by building their firearms and hand-to-hand combat skills. Though Hill officially disavowed the use of violence in an offensive capacity, his inflammatory rhetoric threatens to inspire others to violence, as Hill makes vague and provocative statements such as the assertion that whites will "not only fight back, but relish doing so!"*

Leadership


Michael Hill
Founder and president*

Base of Operations

Killen, Alabama*

Website

leagueofthesouth.com

Social Media

YouTube

Membership Size and Relevance

Membership Size and Relevance: The League of the South claims to maintain 16 chapters across the United States.* The group's membership has significantly increased since its founding in 1994. By 1998, the League of the South claimed to have recruited 4,000 members. By 2000, it reportedly had roughly 9,000 members, and in the early 2000s, that number allegedly grew to 15,000 members nationwide. In 2009, Michael Hill claimed that his organization had 25,000 members, but far-right watchdog groups doubted the veracity of this claim.* As of August 25, 2017, more than 7,500 people followed the League of the South's Facebook page, which has since been suspended.* The group's YouTube channel has received more than 50,000 views as of April 2, 2018.*

In the mid-2000s, the League of the South splintered as many group leaders defected over Hill's increasingly overt racism. However, the group has adapted to internal fissures by mobilizing new followers around mainstream political issues such as immigration and "traditional marriage."*

Recruitment and Propaganda

The League of the South appeals to Southern pride and nationalism by propagandizing that the Southern way of life is under threat. Those who join the group are told that they are joining "a group of Southern Nationalist men and women who are not content to sit by and allow their land, liberty, and culture be destroyed by an alien regime and ideology."* The League of the South offers membership rates ranging from $30 for students to $1,000 for "sustaining" members.* To spread its propaganda, the League maintains a social-media presence through Facebook and YouTube. It also hosts annual conferences and distributes newsletters.

Violent Activities

At least one member of the League of the South has been linked to political violence and domestic terrorism plots.

Rhetoric

  • Michael Hill, March 28, 2017: "With each passing day, we move closer to open conflict in America–civil war, if you will–between the forces of Western Civilization (which is founded on a biblical understanding of nationalism) and the forces of Judeo-Marxism or godless international leftism in general."*
  • Michael Hill, September 22, 2016: "Feral negroes and those puppeteers who control their actions had best be careful not to take their street theater too far from the urban kraals in which it has thus far been confined. When they hit the suburbs, the small towns, and the rural areas of the South, there is going to be a surprise awaiting them: white people who not only fight back, but relish doing so!"*
  • Michael Hill, August 18, 2016: "I remember a time when I felt comfortable pretty much everywhere I went, from the rural, the suburban, to the urban. And the reason was simple: the white European man was clearly in control of all those areas. I never thought of taking a pistol with me when I went to downtown Birmingham, or Memphis, or Atlanta. The South, in particular, was still thoroughly White Man's Land (but that was slowly changing because of the federal government's involvement in forcing "civil rights" for negroes down our throats)."*
  • Michael Hill, July 12, 2016: "If you put every negro in America in California or Texas with its present great wealth and infrastructure, those places would turn into uncivilized hell holes in no time at all. Negroes cannot maintain white civilization, and they surely cannot build it on their own."*
  • League of the South board member Jack Kershaw, 1998: "Somebody needs to say a good word for slavery. Where in the world are the Negroes better off today than in America?"*

National Socialist Movement

National Socialist Movement

The National Socialist Movement (NSM) is a prominent neo-Nazi group that has directed extremist, incendiary rhetoric toward Jews and other minorities while supporting violence in pursuit of its political goal of "the union of all Whites into a greater America on the basis of the right of national self-determination."* The Southern Poverty Law Center identifies the NSM as the largest neo-Nazi movement in the United States.* The NSM bills itself as "America's premier white civil rights organization."* Though the NSM officially rejects violence, the group has declared its intention to defend itself.* The NSM acknowledges that Adolf Hitler created Nazism in Germany, but believes that it can be applied anywhere. The movement believes society promotes a "big lie" of equality among the races, and "the White Race" is "the most advanced and progress producing race on earth." The NSM believes that the white race faces extinction through race mixing as well as violence. To that end, the NSM calls for street demonstrations, rallies, and marches in order to spread its message, as it believes that the mainstream media is dominated by Jews.*

Leadership


Commander Jeff Schoep
Founder and National Director*

Captain Brian Culpepper
Public Relations*

Captain Butch Urban
Chief of Staff*

Base of Operations

Detroit, Michigan*

Website

www.nsm88.org

Social Media

YouTube (Suspended)

Membership Size and Relevance

Although NSM's total nationwide membership is unknown, the group has 61 local chapters in 35 states and is the largest neo-Nazi group in America.* The group also claims to have chapters in the United Kingdom, Italy, Estonia, and Sweden.* On YouTube, the group had 1,020 subscribers and 149 videos as of January 2, 2018, but has since been suspended.*

Recruitment and Propaganda

The NSM's main goal is to "secure the existence of our people and a future for White children."* NSM's 25 Points of American National Socialism manifesto also contains anti-Semitic rhetoric and insists that "no Jew or homosexual may be a member of the nation (greater America)."*

The NSM's manifesto, 25 Points of American National Socialism, details the hate group's goal of creating a "union of all Whites into a greater America on the basis of the right of national self-determination."* The manifesto calls for an end to all immigration to the United States and a series of economic changes, including the dissolution and nationalization of corporations. The manifesto also calls for the abolishment of the U.S. healthcare system and replacing it with universal healthcare. At the same time, the manifesto is peppered with racist and anti-Semitic language blaming immigrants, non-whites, and Jews for societal and political problems in the United States.*

The NSM requires its members to be at least 18 years old, but it also maintains a youth wing called the Viking Youth Corps for children between the ages of 14 and 17.* The program is open to children of NSM members who are of pure European descent. The NSM refuses membership to children with Jewish or mixed-race bloodlines.*

The NSM uses the swastika as its symbol, believing that it represents the white race just as the Star of David represents Jews.* The NSM also publishes a print and online magazine of the same name.*

Violent Activities

NSM officially disavows violent tactics.* The group has not directly engaged in offensive violent activity, but its members have fought with counter-protestors.

  • On April 16, 2011, members of the National Socialist Movement fought with counter-demonstrators after the latter threw rocks at a church where the group was holding a meeting.* No NSM members were arrested by the police.

Rhetoric

  • NSM Frequently Asked Questions: "The first step is to awaken White people the world over to their own racial identity and to give them a profound appreciation of who they are. This is a huge undertaking! But it must be done and the NSM is doing everything in its power to do it! Conducting street demonstrations, marches and public rallies are all great ways to awaken and enable our racial family."*
  • NSM Frequently Asked Questions: "In the U.S. we've suffered under a false economy since the establishment of the unconstitutional Federal Reserve. Under this Jew infected system, the Jews and bankers charge the U.S. for its own money through interest! Under the NSM we will abolish the Federal Reserve and have our money based on the quality of the goods produced by the nation."*
  • NSM Frequently Asked Questions: "The unnatural power of the Jews desperately needs to be broken. Through dedication and lots of hard work, the National Socialist Movement will bring us to victory! Due to the uncompromising nature and reason based principles of National Socialism, it is ONLY National Socialism that will succeed! When it is a fight for the very existence of our People and a future for White children, there is no other alternative! Victory or death!!!"*
  • Jeff Schoep: "When … you take a German Shepherd and mix him with a Golden Retriever you have a worthless animal that nobody wants and that isn't worth anything if you're trying to breed him or sell him. … [T]hese degenerates that allow their children to race mix and this sort of thing, they're destroying the bloodlines of both races."*
  • JT Ready, June 15, 2000: "I do not see the niggers, homosexuals, mexicans, jews, or even child molesters ashamed or afraid to speak their minds and rally, march, post, and be activists for their sick cause. And too many brave men and women died to give me the chance to fight now. I will honor their blood and fight for soil."*

Traditionalist Worker Party/Traditional Youth Network

Traditionalist Worker Party/Traditionalist Youth Network

The Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP) emerged in 2015 as the political arm of the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), which Matthew Parrott and Matthew Heimbach created in 2013. The TWP claims to be America's "first political party created by and for working families."* Although the TWP claims that it is opposed to racism, it has endorsed former KKK leader David Duke for the U.S. Senate, praising his "service of our identity" and his work "against the actual racial supremacists: the Zionists."* The group is guided by the Fourteen Words mantra: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White children."* Deceased white supremacist David Lane created the motto, which has been adopted by the TWP and various other white nationalist groups.* The Fourteen Words are the basis for the TWP's dedication to creating a "sustainable Homeland for our culture, identity, families, and blood."*

The Southern Poverty Law Center has dubbed Heimbach a "rising star in the white supremacist world."* According to the Anti-Defamation League, Heimbach cites Duke as a major influence.* Parrott owns a compound in southern Indiana where he and his son-in-law, Heimbach, live with other followers. The TWP planned to put forward candidates in Indiana's state and local elections in 2018.* Heimbach promoted and attended the August 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.*

The TWP focuses its rhetoric on what it terms the pillars of faith, family, and folk. The party calls for a rejection of atheism and secularism while claiming its members come from the "traditional faiths of the European people." It promotes what it calls traditional family values, and fights for the interests of white Americans, who it says have been "abandoned by the System and actively attacked by globalists and traitorous politicians." The group claims it actively fights for a white homeland in order to secure the future existence of the white people.*

The group’s leadership fell into disarray in March 2018 after Heimbach was arrested for physical assault against his wife and Parrott, his step-father-in-law. Heimbach is married to Parrott’s stepdaughter. On March 13, 2018, Heimbach was arrested after a physical altercation with Parrott following Heimbach’s affair with his then-31-year-old mother-in-law, Jessica Parrott. Parrott resigned from TWP following the incident. Heimbach faces prison time in relation to the March 2018 assault charges as well as a 2016 assault against a protester at a Donald Trump campaign rally. Heimbach pled guilty in July 2017 to assault at the rally, and his prison sentence was suspended on the condition he avoid any new arrests for two years.* The TWP’s website shut down shortly after Parrott’s resignation, though its social media presence remains active.

Leadership


Matthew Heimbach
Chairman and Co-Founder*

Matthew Parrott
Former Chief Information Officer and Co-Founder* Parrott resigned from the TWP in March 2018.*

Base of Operations

Paoli, Indiana*

Website

https://www.tradworker.org/

Social Media

Twitter (TYN) (suspended), Twitter (TWP) (suspended), Twitter (Matthew Parrott), YouTube (TWP), YouTube (TYN)

Membership Size and Relevance

The TWP has chapters in Kentucky and Ohio.* On YouTube, the group had gathered more than 6,800 subscribers and more than 407,000 channel views as of January 2, 2018.* The TYN YouTube channel had more than 55,000 views and 756 subscribers as of January 2, 2018. As of August 2017, the TYN had more than 6,700 Twitter followers.* By January 2018, the TYN and TWP Twitter accounts had been suspended.

Recruitment and Propaganda

TWP promotes pro-white and pro-National Socialist propaganda.* The TWP and TYN rely on the distribution of printed propaganda materials as well as social media and the group's website. The party's website offers a propaganda section with multiple pro-Nazi and white nationalist fliers, stickers, and other materials.* Followers are encouraged to move to the group's compound in Indiana.*

Violent Activities

TWP has not been found to instigate violence. Some of its followers have, however, physically clashed with protesters.

Rhetoric

Vanguard America/Patriot Front

Vanguard America/Patriot Front

Vanguard America (VA) is a white nationalist, neo-Nazi group that opposes the idea of a multicultural America and has propagated an extremist, incendiary platform targeting African Americans, immigrants, Jews, and other minorities. Founded in 2014, the group primarily operates online, though its website was suspended in August 2017 by its Internet service provider. However, the site has since reappeared with the same URL as the online home of the Patriot Front. As exemplified by its slogan of "blood and soil," VA ties national identity with racial identity. The group believes that the United States is meant exclusively for the white nation.*

In December 2016, authorities discovered VA fliers posted on the University of Maryland campus.* During the 2016-2017 school year, the Anti-Defamation League discovered 32 incidents of VA propaganda on university campuses in Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. The group also organizes public rallies in conjunction with other white supremacist groups.*

Thomas Ryan Rousseau, leader of VA's Texas chapter, brought a contingent of VA members to the August 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.* Alex Fields, who drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one, was photographed wearing VA's uniform during the rally. However, VA later denied that Fields belonged to the movement and condemned the use of violence, reiterating its claim to be a political movement.* In late August 2017, Rousseau broke from VA to form the Patriot Front after disagreements with its leaders. Rousseau reportedly seized control of VA's servers and repurposed its website and social media accounts. The Patriot Front has since held rallies and displayed propaganda in California, Maryland, Illinois, Texas, Florida, and elsewhere across the country.*

Leadership


Dillon Hopper, a.k.a. Dillon Irizarry
A Marine Corps veteran from New Mexico, is the leader of Vanguard America*

Francisco Rivera
Francisco Rivera claims to be the group's public relations liaison.*

Thomas Ryan Rousseau
Former leader of VA's Texas chapter and the founder of the Patriot Front.*

Base of Operations

New Mexico (VA),*
Texas (Patriot Front)*

Website

bloodandsoil.org (suspended under VA and repurposed for Patriot Front)

Social Media

Twitter (Vanguard America, suspended), Twitter (PatriotFront) Twitter (Patriot Front) (suspended), Twitter (Patriot Front Texas Chapter), Twitter (Patriot Front Washington Chapter), YouTube Channel (Patriot Front, formerly Vanguard)

Membership Size and Relevance

As of August 2017, the VA had active chapters in Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. Irizarry has claimed the group is active in 20 states and has a membership of at least 200. VA formed a women's division in 2017.* According to the Anti-Defamation League, VA primarily targets 18- to 24-year-olds.*

The exact size of the Patriot Front is undetermined. As of January 2, 2018, the Patriot Front's YouTube channel had 1,019 subscribers.* Created in September 2017, the Patriot Front's Twitter account had 1,005 followers as of January 2, 2018, but was suspended soon after.* The Patriot Front created a new Twitter account in February 2018, which had 589 followers as of April 2, 2018.* The Twitter account of the Patriot Front's Texas chapter, which was repurposed from VA's Texas chapter, had 765 followers as of April 2, 2018.* Also repurposed from VA's Washington chapter, the Twitter account of the Patriot Front's Washington chapter had 805 followers as of April 2, 2018.*

Recruitment and Propaganda

VA and the Patriot Front utilize the Internet to spread their propaganda through fliers, stickers, and social media channels. The group has distributed propaganda at universities, and synagogues, and publicly displayed white-nationalist and anti-Semitic banners and other propaganda.* VA requires its members to be at least 80 percent European ancestry, while banning felons, addicts, "homosexuals, transsexual, adulterers, or any other form of sexual degeneracy."*

The Patriot Front has embraced imagery that is both patriotic American and traditional fascist. The Front has imbued its manifesto with patriotic language that paints the organization as the savior of an America that, "as we know it, is already dead or will not survive. This age of our people will instead be seen as an era of rebirth, and the beginning of a new chapter in history." The Front is dedicated to creating a "nation within a nation" that it claims will be a "hard reset" of the current America and "a return to the traditions and virtues of our forefathers."* During its demonstrations, the Front has employed anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and racist language that calls for the deportation and/or the marginalization of non-whites.*

Violent Activities

Neither the VA nor the Patriot Front have directly engaged in violent activity. Nonetheless, the VA insignia was displayed by a person who engaged in a violent attack.

Rhetoric

  • Patriot Front manifesto: "Our mission is a hard reset on the nation we see today, and a return to the traditions and virtues of our forefathers. The same spirit that urged our ancestors onward to create this nation will once again be brought to light, and a new America will be built within its current dilapidated, shameful iteration. Generation after generation lived in war and strife so that their descendants may know peace. It was their duty to give their lives in such a way. It is now our duty to make their sacrifices mean something."*
  • Patriot Front manifesto: "When the American nation sees the thin veneer of civilization begin to wane as resources are diverted from them to the replacement population that has been imported to supersede and then be enslaved on their ashes, they will reasonably turn to the only force whose vision of the future includes them."*
  • Patriot Front manifesto: "America is a bleeding carcass, bereft of the moral foundations which made it powerful. The America of modernity is little more than an economic zone in which the dollar is used. A unified culture no longer exists due to replacement migration. Ethical standards no longer exist due to the steady erosion of the history of the American nation. The State has situated itself on an ever growing pile of parasitic rules and regulations. Bloated to the point of breaking by bureaucracy, each action taken to solve any problem is done so as a means to delay the inevitable. Nothing about the current system is sustainable. The hard truth of the coming struggle is that America, as we know it, is already dead or will not survive. This age of our people will instead be seen as an era of rebirth, and the beginning of a new chapter in history."*
  • Patriot Front Texas chapter Twitter account, December 22, 2017: "From February 23 – March 6, 1836 Texas Patriots fought and died against a Mexican invasion. Today Patriot Front stands up against an ongoing Mexican invasion."*
  • Patriot Front Washington chapter Twitter account, December 22, 2017: "Stand up and defend your nation whiteman. Get off the sidelines."*
  • Patriot Front Twitter account, December 18, 2017: "#PatriotFront activists in Maryland did a banner drop. Those that are, and have been, incompatible with the American way of life have forfeited any right to this soil. Our nationhood is not worth gambling on a multicultural experiment."*
  • Patriot Front Twitter account, December 12, 2017: "The vermin at the SPLC and their "Hatewatch" have turned their beady-eyed gaze towards us. Their slanderous statements are a resounding endorsement to our "nationwide white-nationalist network". #PatriotFront#FakeNews"*
  • Vanguard America Michigan chapter Twitter account, July 14, 2017: "Our ancestors built this country. Be proud and honor their struggle. Stand up White Man and defend your lands."*
  • Francisco Rivera, June 2017: "I don't believe in having Muslims in the United States. Their culture is incompatible with ours."*

Additional White Nationalist Media Resources

Like other extremist movements, the white nationalist movement has an aversion to mainstream media, which it largely views as controlled by Jewish/Zionist interests, beholden to the far-left, and/or anti-white. For example, in February 2017, League of the South leader Michael Hill accused the New York Times of being “anti-white and anti-Christian.”* As such, white nationalists have created their own media platforms in order to propagate their views. CEP has compiled the following list of some of the most popular white nationalist propaganda outlets:

  • The Right Stuff: A website founded by Mike Peinovich, a.k.a. Mike Enoch, which hosts podcasts, a blog, and a forum. Notable podcasts on the site include "The Daily Shoah," "Fash the Nation," and "This Week in White Genocide." The forum, blog, and podcasts touch on a variety of white supremacist, fascist, and neo-Nazi topics such as anti-miscegenation, homophobia, and anti-Semitism, while also promoting groups such as Identity Evropa.
  • Rense Radio Network: An online radio network founded by Jeff Rense, whom the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center have labeled anti-Semitic.* The network features well-known white supremacists such as David Duke and Don Black of Stormfront.
  • RedIce.tv: An online media forum run by Henrik Palmgren, Lana Lokteff, Fredrik Tormann, and Patrick Casey. The site features video and audio programs geared toward an audience "seeking an alternative to the mainstream, covering politics and social issues from a pro-European perspective."* Palmgren created RedIce in 2003. According to the site, he is "most concerned with European heritage and culture and counter acting the globalists seeking to destroy it."*