A Virginia jury today found the primary organizers of the deadly 2017 rally in Charlottesville liable under state law for injuries to counter-protesters, awarding more than $25 million in damages. Continue reading “Charlottesville Nazi Rally Organizers Found Liable By Jury”
UPDATE: CNN now reports that “Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is scrapping the planned launch of her ‘America First’ caucus after receiving blowback from leaders in her own party.
Nick Dyer, Greene’s spokesperson, told CNN in an email on Saturday afternoon the Georgia Republican is not “launching anything.”
A group of ultra-conservative House Republicans, led by QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ.) are forming a new caucus that will focus on – wait for it – “uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”
Calling itself the America First Caucus, the all-white group has determined “a certain intellectual boldness is needed” in order to “follow in President Trump’s footsteps, and potentially step on some toes and sacrifice sacred cows for the good of the American nation.”
From the Washington Post:
In a section on immigration, the document describes the United States as a place with “uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and argues that “societal trust and political unity are threatened when foreign citizens are imported en-masse into a country, particularly without institutional support for assimilation and an expansive welfare state to bail them out should they fail to contribute positively to the country.”
In the group’s view, architecture should reflect the “aesthetic value that befits the progeny” of Europeans:
On infrastructure, the caucus calls for the construction of roads, bridges and buildings that reflect “the architectural, engineering and aesthetic value that befits the progeny of European architecture, whereby public infrastructure must be utilitarian as well as stunningly, classically beautiful, befitting a world power and source of freedom.”
That’s some serious Nazi fascism on display right there.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy attempted to push back, but it’s hard to hide something when it’s in plain sight.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is, of course, happy to join up.
According to NBC News, “Greene’s spokesman Nick Dyer confirmed that a platform is being written but complained about ‘dirty backstabbing swamp creatures’ who leaked the document.”
America is built on the idea that we are all created equal and success is earned through honest, hard work. It isn’t built on identity, race, or religion.
The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans—not nativist dog whistles.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 16, 2021
Now they’re just being loud about white supremacy
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) April 16, 2021
We will end wars, stop illegal immigration & promote trade that is fair to American workers.
This is just a hit piece from the America Last crowd in Big Media, Big Tech & Big Government.https://t.co/hjGiuSLwBW
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) April 16, 2021
A whistleblower alleges that top officials in the Department of Homeland Security instructed analysts to modify intelligence assessments to ensure they matched up with misleading public comments from Trump about Antifa and “anarchist” groups.
From the New York Times:
Top officials with the Department of Homeland Security directed agency analysts to downplay the threat of violent white supremacy and of Russian election interference, according to a whistle-blower complaint filed by a top intelligence official with the department.
Brian Murphy, the former head of the intelligence branch of the Homeland Security Department, said in a whistle-blower complaint filed on Tuesday that he was directed by Chad F. Wolf, the acting secretary of the department, to stop producing assessments on Russian interference.
The department’s second highest-ranked official, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, also ordered him to modify intelligence assessments to make the threat of white supremacy “appear less severe” and include information on violent “left-wing” groups, according to the complaint, which was released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee.
Trump has regularly downplayed the threat of white supremacist violence during his time in office, including his infamous remarks that there were some “fine people” among the extremists who instigated violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
Murphy previously oversaw the intelligence division at DHS but was reassigned in August. He says the personnel change was retaliation for after he compiled intelligence reports on journalists and protesters in Portland, Oregon. He’s asking the inspector general to investigate.
Whistleblower Complaint: “Mr. Cuccinelli stated that Mr. Murphy needed to specifically modify the section on White Supremacy in a manner that made the threat appear less severe, as well as include information on the prominence of violent ‘left-wing’ groups.” https://t.co/9alng1aZR2
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 9, 2020
! Whistleblower Complaint: Acting DHS Secretary Wolf told Murphy on July 8 that “the intelligence notification should be ‘held’ because it ‘made the President look bad.’ Mr. Murphy objected … In response, Mr. Wolf took steps to exclude Mr. Murphy from relevant future meetings.” https://t.co/9alng1aZR2
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 9, 2020
BOMBSHELL WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT RELEASED:
– DHS’s Wolf and Cuccinelli covered up Russian intelligence attacks
to keep Trump from looking bad
– Covered for white supremacist terror groups, inflated Antifa threat
– Lied about Intelligence to justify “The Border Wall” 🔥 pic.twitter.com/XjQsdWy6SL
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) September 9, 2020
A self-proclaimed white supremacist went on a loud, curse-laden rant at a restaurant in Sarasota County, Florida, and then slapped and punched a female employee.
From Law & Crime:
The man was identified as Nicholas Arnold Schock, 36. He was booked into the Sarasota County jail on a count each of battery, and disturbing the peace. It is unclear if he has an attorney at this time. Records viewed by Law&Crime show the Wachula-resident was arrested Friday in the city of Nokomis. He was held on a $620 bond.
In the video, the man identified as Schock demands “Call Donald Trump.” He goes on like that.
“I’m a white supremacist,” he said. “The Aryan nation will rule the world!” he yells at the camera. “People covered in tattoos are going to be my closest relatives, I promise you.”
“Hey, we’ve got children in here,” a bystander said.
“I don’t give a fuck,” the suspect said. “Call Donald Trump, please.”
A bystander in a light cyan shirt tries to lead him off.
“Do you know Donald Trump?” the suspect said. “If you don’t know Donald Trump, I’m not going nowhere. I will butt-fuck this bitch on the table right now.”
He ambled off, and a woman stepped in front of him with her arms spread. The woman apparently said something about there being kids there, but the suspect then slapped her in the face. Bystanders rushed the man and took him down. One of them cinched in a chokehold.
Here’s the video clip. Warning: graphic violence.
A self-proclaimed white supremacist in Florida attacks an innocent woman after praising Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/vCec0xn87S
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) August 1, 2020
A Las Vegas man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal weapons charge after plotting violent attacks on an LGBTQ bar, a synagogue, and the Anti-Defamation League.
Conor Climo, 24, signed the plea agreement that was filed in January in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the agreement reads, in part, “Defendant stated that he wanted to do more against the groups he hated by carrying out violent attacks against them.”
“Defendant admitted to discussing plans for violent attacks online against the Anti-Defamation League, a local Las Vegas synagogue, and a local bar,” continued the document.
In the agreement, Climo admitted the unnamed bar catered to an LGBTQ clientele.
Climo was arrested in August last year after being monitored communicating via encrypted internet chat with individuals identified as white supremacists.
He reportedly told an undercover FBI informant he was “scouting places to attack.” In his communications with the undercover agent, Climo sent a satellite image of the synagogue he planned to target which highlighted a possible escape route.
Climo also used homophobic language and spoke about surveilling an LGBTQ bar in downtown Vegas in the encrypted chats.
When the investigators arrived at Climo’s home with a search warrant, they found “hand-drawn schematics and component parts of a destructive device” which included oxidizing agents, flammable liquids and circuit boards. An AR-15 assault-style weapon and a bolt-action rifle were also confiscated during the search, according to NBC LA.
He was charged with possessing an unregistered firearm in the form of the component parts of a destructive device.
A statement from the U.S. attorney’s office said, “Climo would regularly use derogatory racial, anti-Semitic and homosexual slurs.”
Appearing in court wearing a yellow jail jumpsuit on Monday, the Review-Journal writes, “Climo stood with closed fists at a podium, mostly answering ‘yes, your honor’ and ‘no, your honor,’ to a series of standard questions.”
As I reported in August, Climo made headlines in 2016 for ‘patrolling’ his neighborhood wearing battle gear and carrying an assault-style rifle and survival knife.
At the time, he told local ABC News affiliate KTNV, “I’ll pretty much stay within constitutional bounds when I’m doing this.”
‘Pretty much stay within constitutional bounds???’
He also told the reporter he would be looking for ‘suspicious activity,’ which he defined as “people outside when they’re not supposed to be.”
In the interview, Climo admitted he had no formal training in patrolling, policing, or dealing with possibly tense situations.
CNN reports Climo will return to court on May 14 where he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to the plea deal, he will also be required to undergo mental health treatment and be monitored via an electronic device upon his release from prison.
Climo’s story is especially chilling as Las Vegas was the site of the nation’s deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, when 58 people were killed and more than 500 hurt in October 2017.
Here’s the 2016 report from KTNV:
|Richard Clayton (mug shot)|
On August 6, three days after a white supremacist shot and killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, another white supremacist in Florida wrote on his Facebook account, “3 more days of probation left then I get my AR-15 back. Don’t go to Walmart next week.”
From ABC News:
Richard Clayton, 26, was arrested by Florida Department of Law Enforcement authorities on Friday in Winter Park after making an online threat last week, according to police.
On Aug. 6, Clayton allegedly posted on Facebook, “3 more days of probation left then I get my AR-15 back. Don’t go to Walmart next week.”
“Clayton appears to believe in the white supremacist ideology and has a history of posting threats on Facebook using fictitious accounts,” Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials said.
He was not on probation, despite his threat, Florida officials told The Associated Press.
Clayton was charged with intimidation through a written threat and is being held at Orange County Jail on $15,000 bond.
Clayton reportedly threatened one of the police officers that arrested him asking if he was Hispanic. He also pulled out his genitals and threatened to pee in the officers’ patrol car.
More from WKMG News6:
Clayton was arrested at his parents’ Winter Park home Friday evening. Winter Park police detailed how Clayton was uncooperative and belligerent during the arrest, at one point telling an officer: “Officer, I hope that the next call you go to, you get blown away and killed. God, I pray that happens.”
Court paperwork details how Clayton repeatedly asked an officer if he was Hispanic and that “they are what is wrong with this country. They come in and are ruining everything.”
At one point, Clayton repeatedly asked an officer if he was a Nazi, then proceeded to expose himself and threatened to urinate in the police car. After an officer told Clayton he was not Hispanic, Clayton replied, “OK, well then, I guess I won’t pee in your car, then.”
|Donald Trump (screen capture)|
Donald Trump denounced white supremacy, racism and bigotry on Monday as he addressed the two mass shootings that occurred over the weekend.
From the New York Times:
“In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Mr. Trump said.
But Mr. Trump stopped well short of endorsing the kind of broad gun control measures that activists and Democrats have sought for years, instead falling back on time-honored Republican remedies, calling for stronger action to address mental illness, violence in the media and in video games.
He warned of “the perils of the internet and social media” with no acknowledgment of his use of those platforms to promote his brand of divisive politics.
It remained unclear whether Mr. Trump’s 10-minute remarks after one of the most violent weekends in recent American history could place him in a position to unify the nation when many Americans believe he is personally responsible for inflaming racial division. He took no responsibility for the atmosphere of division, nor did he recognize his own reluctance to warn of the rise of white nationalism until now.
The First Lady and I join all Americans in praying and grieving for the victims, their families, and the survivors. We will stand by their side FOREVER! pic.twitter.com/zOQLvAuXoh
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019
TRUMP: “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.” pic.twitter.com/BaJp6bhWjG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 5, 2019
Today, I am also directing the Department of Justice to propose legislation ensuring that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the DEATH PENALTY – and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay. pic.twitter.com/BDXdpelK7F
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019
Trump, struggling with a bad case of what appears to be dry mouth, falsely claimed the Ohio mass shooting took place in Toledo. (It happened in Dayton.) pic.twitter.com/dzOcsIV5ox
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 5, 2019
Trump said, “may God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo,” but the shooting happened in Dayton, Ohio.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 5, 2019
|FBI Director Christopher Wray|
During testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the majority of domestic terrorism arrests have been tied to white supremacy.
From The Hill:
”I will say that a majority of the domestic terrorism cases that we’ve investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white supremacist violence, but it does include other things as well,” Wray said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, referring to cases in fiscal 2019, which began Oct. 1.
The FBI is “aggressively” investigating domestic terrorism and hate crimes, Wray said, noting that the bureau is focused on investigating the violence, not the ideology motivating the attacks.
Wray distinguished between what he termed homegrown violent extremism, wording he said the FBI uses to refer to people in United States who are inspired by global jihadists, and domestic extremism, which Wray described as broader to include racially motivated extremists, anarchists and others.
The number of domestic terrorism arrests are on par with the amount international terrorism cases, according to Wray.
“In terms of number of arrests, we have through the third quarter of this fiscal year had about give or take 100 arrests on the international terrorism side, which includes the homegrown violent extremism,” Wray told Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) at the hearing. “We’ve also had just about the same number — again, don’t quote me to the exact digit — on the domestic terrorism side.”
Wray also testified that Russian operatives are still trying to interfere with our elections.
Graham: “Are the Russians still trying to interfere in our election systems?”
FBI Director Wray: “The Russians are absolutely intent on trying to interfere with our elections through foreign influence.”
Via CBS pic.twitter.com/favHfNtfAS
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 23, 2019
|Alex Fields Jr. (mug shot)|
NBC News reports that James Alex Fields Jr., who drove his car into a crowd protesting white supremacists at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, has been sentence to life in prison.
James Alex Fields Jr. pleaded guilty to 29 of 30 hate crime charges in March in a plea deal to avoid the death penalty for murdering civil rights activist Heather Heyer and injuring more than 30 others when he intentionally mowed them down on a side street with his car on Aug. 12, 2017.
The 30th charge, which included a possible death sentence, was dropped. U.S. Attorney General William Barr directed and permitted prosecutors not to seek the death penalty.
Prosecutors have said that Fields has shown no remorse for the violence and had a history of racist and anti-Semitic behavior.
James Alex Fields, driver in deadly car attack at Charlottesville rally, sentenced to life in prison
Fields pleaded guilty to 29 of 30 federal hate crime charges in March.
Image: James Alex Fields Jr.
James Alex Fields Jr. at the Unite the Right rally pic.twitter.com/gPadLikCeU— Lynnette (@Lynnett72514891) June 28, 2019
According to reports, Fields admired Adolf Hitler keeping a photo of the German dictator next to his bed.
A former classmate of Fields testified during his trial that on a high school trip to a German concentration camp, Fields said aloud, “This is where the magic happened.”
This isn’t the end of legal troubles for Fields, though.
He has also been convicted on state charges, including first-degree murder, five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, three counts of malicious wounding and one hit and run count for injuring dozens of others with his vehicle.
He has a sentencing hearing set on July 15 regarding those charges.
The jury in that case has reportedly recommended life in prison plus 419 years.
|James A. Fields Jr. (mugshot)|
James A. Fields Jr., who drove his car into a crowd of people killing Heather Heyer during a rally for white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, has pleaded guilty to 29 federal hate crime charges.
Fields originally pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea Wednesday. Those crimes carried the possibility of the death penalty.
James Fields, Jr. has pleaded guilty to 29 federal hate crime charges for his car attack on a crowd of people on Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville.
The attack killed Heather Heyer and injured many other people. As a result of the plea, the death penalty was taken off the table.
The courtroom was filled with several people who had been injured in the car attack and Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer. Fields had to answer questions about his competence, and he said he was making the decision of his own free will. He did not express any remorse.
The plea deal had to be approved by U.S. Attorney General William Barr, and prosecutors obtained that approval.
Fields was convicted of first-degree murder and several counts of malicious wounding during his state trial in December. He already faces a life sentence plus 419 years for that conviction.