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Southern Poverty Law Center may set sights on Trump-supporting Neo-Nazi website

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The Southern Poverty Law Center could be suing a self-described Neo-Nazi and White Supremacist website.

On March 23, APR reported on a speech given at Troy University where SPLC Co-Founder and Chief Trial Counsel Morris Dees said the organization would be filing a lawsuit in April against a hate group.

Dees did not name the organization, but said it was a large “internet hate group” that was run be “far right” people. He also said the organization was “harassing a Jewish family.”

In the article, Breitbart was the organization that was speculated about being sued. Another organization that may be sued is a website named Daily Stormer.

Daily Stormer is a Neo-Nazi and White Supremacist website. Its name comes from the Nazi Germany-era propaganda publication Der Stürmer. The website has been called anti-Semitic by its critics, and the website itself has published articles against what they call the “Jewish Problem.”

In 2016, Richard Spencer, a white supremacist and leader of the alt-right movement, gave a speech in Washington supporting Donald Trump. Daily Stormer has supported Trump’s campaign and presidency since 2015. Trump has denounced White Supremacists and Neo-Nazis.

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During the speech, Spencer gave a Nazi salute while shouting “Hail Trump, Hail our People, Hail Victory.” The audience reacted by giving Nazi salutes also.

Spencer’s mother, Sherry Spencer, said she was financially targeted by a non-profit organization named Love Lives Here in Whitefish, Montana, as a result of the speech.

Love Lives Here is a human rights organization in Montana. Daily Stormer has said that the organization is run by Jewish people.

Spencer said that Love Lives Here forced her sell a building in the town by threatening to protest the building and lower the property’s value. Love Lives Here said they don’t know what Spencer is talking about.

Daily Stormer then published an article with the names, pictures, phone numbers, email addresses and social media profiles of people who they said were involved in harassing Spencer. They also published a social media profile for a minor child.

They then encouraged their readers to contact them.

“Just make your opinions known,” the article said. “Tell them you are sickened by their Jew agenda to attack and harm the mother of someone whom they disagree with.”

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In the article, Daily Stormer said to not threaten or commit violence towards the members.

The Missoulian, a Montana news site, reported that multiple members in the community have been harassed and threatened.

Daily Stormer also tried to stage an armed march in Whitefish, Montana, in January. The march was cancelled after the organization did not receive a permit from the town.

The SPLC has commented on Daily Stormer in the past. The SPLC has said that Daily Stormer was a website that was frequently visited by convicted killer Dylann Roof.

Roof killed nine African Americans who were attending a church service in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015. He was found guilty of 33 hate crimes in Federal court and was sentenced to death.

Daily Stormer denounced the attack.

 

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