The Daily Caller has a White Nationalist Problem – Southern Poverty Law Center

But the white nationalist problem at Tucker Carlsons Daily Caller, a conservative political outlet launched in 2010 as a response to the Huffington Post, is bigger than just Kessler. Throughout the 2016 election and since, the DailyCaller has not only published the work of white nationalists, but some of its writers have routinely whitewashed the Alt-Right, while one editor there is an associate of key Alt-Right figures. Two Daily Caller contributors, including a senior investigative reporter, were recently announced as speakers at the upcoming white nationalist H.L. Mencken Club conference organized by Paul Gottfried, a godfather of the Alt-Right.

Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson stepped down from his role as editor-in-chief in November to start his own show on FOX News. In the top image, Carlson dedicated a segment on the anti-Muslim conspiracy of “creeping Sharia” on Tuesday, August 15, the day President Trump made another statement regarding the violence in Charlottesville, garnering criticism for ignoring the story. In the bottom image, Carlson aired an inflammatory anti-immigrant segment in July about a small Gypsy population in Pennsylvania.

As for recent Daily Caller contributors, take Peter Brimelow; the English white nationalist is the founder of the website VDARE, named after Virginia Dare, the supposed first white child born in the new world. VDARE is a major hub for white nationalists and anti-Semites. Brimelow is a leading figure on the Alt-Right and has been published three times in the Daily Caller in recent months, with his first piece coming in March defending Rep. Steve King, a hero to white nationalists, who recently tweeted, Geert Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We cant restore our civilization with somebody elses babies.

A few years ago, the DailyCaller publishing the work of an established white nationalist would be unthinkable. Take the response from Washington, D.C., senior contributor Matt K. Lewis following the firing of white nationalist John Derbyshire from National Review in 2012 for writing a racist screed regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting titled, The Talk: Nonblack Version. The article, presented as conversation between a white parent and their child included lines like, A small cohort of blacks in my experience, around five percent is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us. It also included tips like, If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date. Lewis response in the Daily Caller to Derbyshires 2012 firing was, Some people arent worth the [sic] fighting for. Some things are indefensible. This is one of those cases.

Following his firing, Derbyshire joined VDARE as a regular contributor, and now his boss, Brimelow, is contributing articles to the Daily Caller.

But Brimelow is only a contributor. Despite his attempts to hide it, Daily Caller deputy editor Scott Greer has questionable ties to many younger members of the white nationalist movement. The activist website OverthrowDotCom published multiple photographs of Greer in late 2016 documenting his extensive relationships with other white nationalists. In the expose, mostly taken from Facebook, Greer is photographed with hardcore white nationalists such as Devin Saucier, a man who works as an assistant to Jared Taylor of American Renaissance. One of the most prominent white nationalists of the past quarter century, Taylor once wrote, “Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization any kind of civilization disappears.”

From right to left: Scott Greer, Ben Zapp, Devin Saucier, and Tim Dionisopoulos.

Saucier is a regular attendee at white nationalist gatherings, including Alt-Right leader Richard Spencers National Policy Institute (NPI) conferences. Greer is also pictured with another white nationalist, Marcus Epstein, another friend of Spencers who pled guilty in 2009 to drunkenly assaulting an African American woman in Washington, D.C., which occurred two years prior.

Scott Greer in the middle in plaid facing the camera. Marcus Epstein is in the pink shirt.

Scott Greer in the red circle wearing a Youth For Western Civilization (YWC) shirt at a Wolves of Vinland gathering.

In these photos, Greer is seen wearing a Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) t-shirt. YWC is a now defunct white nationalist student group founded by Epstein and another white nationalist, Kevin DeAnna. DeAnna has been involved with the neo-volkischcollective called the Wolves of Vinland, and Greer has been photographed at a Wolves gathering with Saucier and others.

An active member of the Wolves is Maurice Michaely, a man who was sent to prison for burning down the black historical Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Haymarket, Virginia. According to the Fools of Vinland blog, Greer liked a picture of Michaely that was posted on Facebook in 2014, showing him in prison with the letters 666 scrawled onto his hand.

While Greer has scrubbed his Facebook page, his Twitter account still shows that he follows a number of white nationalists, including Tim Dionisopoulos of YWC who Greer is sometimes photographed with, as well as Richard Spencer and Steve Sailer of VDARE.

Scott Greer’s Facebook profile featuring a photograph of him at the Daily Caller. Marcus Epstein left a comment as did Patrick Sharp, another white nationalist.

Greers writings also indicate his white nationalist views, though calibrated for a more mainstream conservative audience. He recently published a book, No Campus for White Men an attack piece focused on the evergreen right-wing grievance of political correctness on college campuses which received glowing reviews from white nationalist websites including VDARE, American Renaissance and Counter Currents. Greer, originally from Tennessee, published a staunch defense of the Confederate battle flag for the Daily Caller in July of 2016, writing that a National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples leaders call to remove Confederate soldiers from a carving on Stone Mountain in Georgia was remarkably similar to the tactics of jihadis like ISIS and the Taliban. Other stories written by Greer for the Daily Caller include tropes that are often peddled by white nationalists including black-on-white crime, and that immigrants are bringing disease to the country.

In a 2014 piece, Greer dismissed an article in Time magazine on the threat right wing anti-government groups and individuals pose to law enforcement. A thorough search of Times archive produced no stories about the threat that communists, black nationalists or prison gangs pose to police, he claimed. In a May 2015 opinion piece, Greer heaped praise on St. Louis County district attorney Bob McCulloch for his handling of the Michael Brown case, despite McCullochs history of bias and the widespread criticism he received for his actions during the aftermath of the shooting.

One of Greers fixations is on downplaying the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. In a July 2015 opinion piece, Greer defended then-candidate Donald Trump who called Mexicans criminals and rapists, writing, Except that its still Hispanic men who are raping these women, and the countries where illegal immigrants primarily come from countries [sic] have sexual assault rates that dwarf the phony numbers for American universities. The eight-in-ten figure for migrant women proves that there is a very real rape culture among illegal immigrants, contrary to what some fact checkers might want you to believe.

In a June 2015 piece, Greer again whitewashed sexual assault on campuses, writing, [I]ts the perverse fantasy that thousands of women will be raped at some point during their college years, before making a statement that is often heard from Alt-Right misogynists. On top of that, Greer opines, more innocent men will find themselves accused of these crimes and see their lives ruined by a culture that nurses and refuses to punish false rape accusations.

The day after the 2016 election, Greer tweeted, Now as a white man, I can finally feel safe in America. Richard Spencer is clearly a fan of Greers, retweeting him a number of times.

Richard Spencer retweeted Scott Greer as recently as today, August 15, 2017.

Unite the Rights Jason Kessler is another white nationalist who contributed to the Daily Caller in 2017. His three pieces just happen to span some of the recent causes common to both white nationalists and some mainstream conservatives: The preservation of Confederate monuments, the hyping of grisly crimes committed by the M-13 gang as a frame to attack immigration, and themanufacturing of campus free speech martyrs, in this caseAnn Coulter.

Kessler’s now deleted contributions to the Daily Caller. (Image credit: Media Matters for America)

Kessler is a fresh face on the scene, coming to prominence in late 2016 when he launched a vendetta campaign against Charlottesville, Virginia, Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy, following Bellamys call for the removal of a statute of Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. Kessler started a petition to oust Bellamy and also founded an anti-immigrant/white nationalist organization, Unity and Security for America, and used it to vocally support Corey Stewart, pro-Confederate Virginia gubernatorial candidate. Kessler was arrested in January for punching a man while he was gathering signatures for his anti-Bellamy petition. After video evidence showed Kessler punching the man unprovoked, he pled guilty to misdemeanor assault and was later sentenced to 50 hours of community service.

His petition campaign failed in March of 2017, but Kessler continued attacking Bellamy, sharing a number of racist articles on social media, including one that referred to Bellamy as a pavement ape and Councilman Dindu, a reference to a racist meme. At the same time he was writing for Daily Caller, Kessler also wrote for VDARE.

On May 14, the dispute over the Confederate statues galvanized white nationalists who convened in Charlottesville to protest, with Richard Spencer leading a torch-lit march. Kessler was arrested for a second time in four months for not obeying an officers orders.

Nevertheless, the next day Kessler published a glowing account of the protest on the Daily Caller, complete with photos from his own Twitter account (#SaveLeeandJackson). He noted that though not all of the speakers were Southerners, they, sympathized with the fight to preserve a history which they say is increasingly under attack by Left-wing ideologues who want to tear down statues, change the names of buildings and rewrite history books to place white people in an unsympathetic and even hostile light.

ProPublica pointed out glaring omissions from Kesslers report, writing, It didnt disclose that its author, Jason Kessler, is supportive of white supremacist groups, and on the day of the march had himself made a speech to the protesters in which he praised fascist and racist organizations, thanked a prominent Holocaust denier, and declared the beginnings of a cultural civil war. The Daily Caller ended its freelance relationship with Kessler only after ProPublica contacted the organization for comment. Kesslers LinkedIn page still lists him as a DailyCaller contributor.

White nationalist Paul Gottfried, who many credit with coining the phrase Alternative Right alongside Richard Spencer, recently announced the lineup for his annual H.L. Mencken Club conference, a white nationalist event that takes place in Baltimore each November and was co-founded by Spencer. One Daily Caller contributor Ilana Mercer and senior investigative reporter Richard Pollock are slated as speakers for this years event. Mercer and Pollok will be joined by Peter Brimelow. Mercer has written over 30 articles for the DailyCaller in the past year.

Richard Pollock, Senior Investigative Reporter at The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Mercers pieces contain racially charged rhetoric commonly found on white nationalist websites. Mercers own website contains praise from white nationalist John Derbyshire, who in 2007 called her, ravishing, brilliant, and eloquent. Writing for the DailyCaller just after the first Charlottesville rally, Mercer penned a piece titled, Sanctuary City Mayor Trashes American Hero Robert E. Lee, where she called Lee a great American. In another piece decrying black-on-white crime in her native South Africa, Mercer wrote, Let not the swirl of statistics conceal the flesh-and-blood casualties of this black-on-white offensive. South Africas farmers, undeniably, are the focus of ethnocide. Contrary to the Syrians and Somalis streaming into the United States, they would make fabulous refugees, President Trump. The article was reposted on Jared Taylors American Renaissance website the same day it appeared in the Daily Caller, and no wonder. Decrying and embellishing black on white crime is a key white nationalist trope, as is claiming to there is a systematic white genocide taking place in South Africa.

In one of her many anti-Muslim screeds written on the Daily Caller, Mercer wrote in May, Policy makers and power brokers in the West have invited Muslim immigrants to live among us in the idiotic belief that, underneath the nose-bags (the burqa, the abaya and full-body swaddle), they were just like us. Mercer, whose personal website carries the banner Verbal Swordplay For Civilization, is especially proud of the nose-bag line, using it in multiple columns and her book The Trump Revolution.

In March of 2017, Mercer wrote another racist piece for the Daily Caller fit for the pages of American Renaissance. Her concluding paragraph of an article titled, Africa: Before and After Colonialism, Mercer wrote, When all is said and done, the West is what it is due to human capital people of superior ideas and abilities, capable of innovation, exploration, science, philosophy. Human action is the ultimate adjudicator of a human beings worth; the aggregate action of many human beings acting in concert makes or breaks a society. Overall, American society is superior to assorted African and Arab societies because America is still inhabited by the kind of individuals who make possible a thriving civil society.

Ilana Mercer’s personal website. Mercer is especially proud of calling burqas nose-bags,” using it in multiple columns and her book “The Trump Revolution.”

There is a long history of white nationalists contributing to mainstream conservative publications, such as the National Review. But the Daily Callers embrace of white nationalists reflects the resurgence of the nationalist right, ethno and otherwise, represented by President Trump. Trumps campaign and Electoral College victory electrified the radical right and pulled the Overton Window further in their direction. Stephen K. Bannons elevation into the West Wing after running what he described as the platform for the Alt-Right in Breitbart was part of the jackpot shared by a rogues gallery of extremist political operators. This is also apparent in the administrations immigration policy, which is almost perfectly aligned with the white nationalist movement, and was originally drafted in part by Ann Coulter. Theres no other way to understand why Daily Caller would hire Peter Brimelow as a contributor if not for Trumps victory.

In his founding editors note Carlson wrote:

We see our core job as straightforward: Find out whats happening and tell you about it. We plan to be accurate, both in the facts we assert and in the conclusions we imply. If were not, tell us

Were telling you, Tucker. Yourflagship website has a white nationalist problem.

An emailto the Daily Caller’s executive editor Paul Conner seeking comment went unanswered.

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