The man who disparaged the Charlottesville victim is ‘amused’ by death threats – Washington Post

The founder of a white-supremacist website who elicitedwidespread condemnation for his viral blog post mocking a womans death atSaturdayswhite-nationalist rally in Charlottesville says hes received death threatssince suggesting 32-year-old Heather Heyerwas a drain on society because she was unmarried and childless.

You should see the hatred in my email box, Andrew Anglin, who operates the Daily Stormer, told The Washington Post in an email Monday. Ill tell you, there is a lot more hatred on their side than ours.

He later added: Im not feeling hate. Im feeling amused.

The Daily Stormer espouses a variety of extreme and sometimes conflicting ideologies, including neo-Nazism and the racist belief that Americas growing pluralism hasleft whites disadvantaged and oppressed. Their side is an apparent reference to anti-fascistprotesters who clashed with white supremacists throughout the day, a violent riot that turned deadly when a car,driven by 20-year-oldJames Alex Fields Jr.of Ohio, according to police, plowed intoa group of people demonstrating along a crowded, narrow street.

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Anglins blog post was published Sunday after law enforcement officials in Charlottesville identified Heyer as the lone fatality.At least 19 others were injured. In one of the Trump administrations sharpest rebukesofthose responsible for inciting such violence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared the incident domestic terrorism.

In his email to The Post, Anglin disputed authorities conclusions, suggesting instead that Heyer may have suffered a heart attack at the scene.He twice referred to his blog post as a joke, and complained that politicians, the media and others have described the incident as terrorism. Fake news, Anglincalled that characterization. It was just a case of road rage, he said, not an attack on the alt-rights political enemies.

The violence has inflamed along-simmeringdebate over race relations in the United States while raising troublingquestions about President Trumps initial refusal to disavow the hate groups who descended on Charlottesville for their Unite the Right demonstration.

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Facing withering pressure from throughout the political spectrum, Trump finally did so Monday, declaring the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other white supremacist groups repugnant and pledgingto hold anyone accountable who may have committed crimes.

The Post contacted Anglin through an email address listed on his website.Hisresponse alleged that large numbers of people say theyre planning to murder me in retaliation for his missive maligning Heyer.He offered no apology, but insteaddoubled down in hisview that, Women who dont have children are abandoning their natural duty and breaking the social contract, and they should be ostracized for it.

Anglin did not provide evidenceof any alleged threats, and he did not respond to follow-upquestions.

On his website, whichwas subsequently delisted by the Web-hosting serviceGoDaddy, Anglin wrote profusely about his prediction that Jews, Blacks and lesbians will be leaving America if Trump gets elected.He has calledthe Holocaust a hoax, extolled Adolf Hitler and last year describedTrump as the ultimate savior when the Republican presidential candidate indicated he would restrict immigration from majority-Muslim countries.

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Its unclear where Anglin islocated, though a donation page on his site lists a post office box in Worthington, Ohio, where he attended high school. The Southern Poverty Law Center has assembled a comprehensive case studyonAnglin, and suspects he maybe living overseas, either in Africa, Eastern Europe or the Philippines.

The 33-year-old is considered askilled propagandistwho in his missives for Daily Stormer has takencredit for having encouraged hundreds of thousands of like-minded white nationalists to deliver Trumps election victory in November, said Keegan Hankes, an analyst with the SPLC.

Through his writing ahead of the Charlottesville rally, Anglin also helped cultivate interest in the event and inspire the large crowds of white supremacists and white nationalists that appeared, Hankes said.

The biggest thing to recognize about Andrew Anglin, he added, is that even though Daily Stormer is just a website, it has a tremendous impact in the real world.

Protesters organized marches in major cities across the nation to denounce the sentiment behind the deadly Aug. 12 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. (Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post)

The advocacy groupfiled a lawsuit earlier thisyear accusing him of directing a cyber-mayhem campaign targeting a Jewish family in Montana.David Dinielli, the organizations deputy legal director, told The Post that Anglin commands a troll army that specializes in intimidating people viasocial media primarily.

The most vile threats one can imagine, Dinielliadded. Emails, texts, Facebook messages. The family was sent images of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. They received phone calls that includedonly the sound of guns being fired.

This is not bullying, he said. This is terrorism.

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Anglin appears to have moved his siteto the dark Web, a term that describes domains not catalogued by search engines. The dark Webhas become a destination for those engaging in all manner of illicit activity.

After Anglins blog post disparagingHeyerwent viral, GoDaddy indicated it had informed Anglin to take his business elsewhere. In a tweet Sunday night, the company said suchcontent violates its terms of service.

GoDaddy does not condone content that advocates expressions of hate, racism, bigotry, a spokesman, Dan Race, told The Post in a prepared statement. However, we generally do not take action on complaints that would constitute censorship of content and that represents the exercise of freedom of speech and expression on the Internet.

It continues: In instances where a site goes beyond the mere exercise of these freedoms, however, and crosses over to promoting, encouraging, or otherwise engaging in violence against any person, we will take action. In our determination, especially given the tragic events in Charlottesville, Dailystormer.com crossed the line and encouraged and promoted violence.

Its unclear why GoDaddy tolerated Daily Stormers content previously.The company did not respond to questions seeking to understand that.

It appears Anglin had sought unsuccessfully to move his site to Googles hosting service Monday.

In his email to The Post, Anglin indicated he was working with an unidentified agentin Mongolia to reset my server so I can restore from backups.The site is hosted there, he said, because weve been kicked off of so many hosts.

Speaking to reporters Monday at the White House, Trump denounced neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan as he sought to quellgrowingcriticism about his response to the violence in Charlottesville and Heyers death.The Justice Department has begun a civil rights investigation into the incident, and Trump hasdiscussed the matter with Sessions and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray.

Trumps initial response to the bedlam in Charlottesville, in which he castigated thehatred exhibited on many sides, resonated with Anglin, he said in his email. But he alsoindicated that he recognized the president had come underintensifying scrutiny to condemn the white nationalists who helped get him elected.

I dont really expect him to hold the line on this one, he said. Theres too much pressure on him.

Elizabeth Dwoskin in Silicon Valley contributed to this report.

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