Neo-Nazi Site: 'Take Action' Against Jews in Mont. Town

Mother of hate group leader Richard Spencer owns building there, says she's being harassed
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2016 2:16 PM CST
Neo-Nazi Site: 'Take Action' Against Jews in Mont. Town
In this Nov. 18, 2016, file photo, Richard Spencer attends a white nationalist and "alt-right" conference in Washington.   (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via AP)

An ominous call to troll Jewish residents online in a Montana town has been issued by a white supremacist website, apparently because the mom of a hate-group leader owns a building there. The Missoulian reports that in Whitefish, where Sherry Spencer, mother of National Policy Institute head Richard Spencer—described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "a kind of professional racist in khakis"—owns a building that, per the Washington Post, holds "luxury vacation apartments and commercial office space." In a Friday post on the Daily Stormer site, the headline blares "Jews Targeting Richard Spencer’s Mother for Harassment and Extortion—TAKE ACTION!" while the story calls Jews "a vicious, evil race of hate-filled psychopaths" who "will call you names and … go after your money [and] if all of that fails, they will attack your mother."

The post references a recent Daily Mail piece in which Sherry Spencer says her business has been suffering because of backlash against her son, who's been publicly celebrating Donald Trump's win. To get back at community activists who've criticized Sherry Spencer for not denouncing her son's views, the Daily Stormer posted names, email addresses, phone numbers, and pictures of three local female activists, along with those of spouses and even an image and Twitter handle for one of the women's young sons. The Post notes local human-rights groups, as well as these three women and a few others, have been getting death threats. Sherry Spencer penned a Medium post Friday noting: "In what moral universe is it right for the 'sins' of the son to be visited upon the mother?" Richard Spencer decried the "vicious" attacks to the Post and said the Daily Stormer's posting of activists' personal info is "not really my style," though he didn't disavow it. (Google isn't fighting Holocaust deniers.)

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