Richard Spencer, the man responsible for coining the term “alt-right,” defended his mother this week after she claimed to have been forced to sell a building she owns in Montana.
“They are trying to punish me by punishing my mother,” Spencer said in an installment of his online video diary, according to the Forward. “I am very proud of mother for not just backing down.”
Earlier this month, the neo-nazi/alt-right website the Daily Stormer initiated a “troll war” against the Jewish community of Whitefish, Montana, where Spencer’s mother lives, due to their belief that the Jewish community pressured her into giving up her property. The campaign against the town’s Jewish community was spearheaded by Andrew Anglin, the Daily Stormer’s founder and editor, who gave out detailed personal information of those he held responsible.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a hate group watchdog, says Anglin is “infamous for the crudity of his language and his thinking, a contrast to his sophistication as a prolific Internet troll and serial harasser.”
According to the Forward, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said his organization has “been in almost daily contact with the families and law enforcement authorities to address the ongoing anti-Semitic harassment being perpetrated by white nationalists against the Jewish community The security of the families involved is our paramount concern.”
In an April 2016 article entitled “Get Em Outta Here: Glorious Leader Calls for Kike Lena Dunham to Leave America,” Anglin wrote that “Jews, Blacks and lesbians will be leaving America if Trump gets elected – and he’s happy about it. This alone is enough reason to put your entire heart and soul into supporting this man.”