Montana Pols Denounce Plan for Neo-Nazi Rally in Whitefish

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Top Montana Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Tuesday warned neo-Nazis they would find “no safe haven” for a rally that could include guns planned for next month in a mountain town where white nationalists have threatened Jewish residents, reports Reuters. Neo-Nazis plan to march in January in the ski town of Whitefish to support the mother of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. Sherry Spencer is facing pressure from community members to sell a building she owns in Whitefish because of its ties to her son and disavow her son’s beliefs. Community members held a vigil and a protest earlier this month in front of the building.

As pressure mounted against the building, the neo-Nazi and white supremacist website Daily Stormer urged its readers in an article to “take action” against Jews in the Whitefish area with an “old fashioned Troll Storm.” The site published names and phone numbers with yellow Jewish stars superimposed over their photographs. It also said that because of gun laws in Montana, “we can easily march through the center of the town carrying high-powered rifles.” Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial said he has ordered extra patrols at the homes and businesses of the residents identified in the article, though he said there had been no reports of harassment or intimidation of the Jewish community that rose to the level of a crime. In a statement to Reuters, Spencer’s father said he and his wife “love our son, but do not agree with his polemics, societal desires or his extreme political leanings.”

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