SPLC Sues Pro-Trump Nazi Leader Andrew Anglin For Anti-Semitic Troll Campaign Against Jewish Family

Via press release from the SPLC:

The Southern Poverty Law Center, along with its Montana co-counsel, filed suit in federal court today against the founder of a major neo-Nazi website who orchestrated a harassment campaign that has relentlessly terrorized a Jewish woman and her family with anti-Semitic threats and messages.

The lawsuit describes how Andrew Anglin used his web forum, the Daily Stormer – the leading extremist website in the country – to publish 30 articles urging his followers to launch a “troll storm” against Tanya Gersh, a real estate agent in Whitefish, Montana. Gersh, her husband and 12-year-old son have received more than 700 harassing messages since December.

The intimidation began after Anglin accused Gersh of attempting to extort money from the mother of Richard Spencer. The younger Spencer heads the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist organization. Anglin and Spencer are both prominent leaders of the “alt-right” movement that rallied white nationalists behind President Donald Trump’s campaign.

“Andrew Anglin knew he had an online army primed to attack with the click of a mouse,” said SPLC President Richard Cohen. “We intend to hold him accountable for the suffering he has caused Ms. Gersh and to send a strong message to those who use their online platforms as weapons of intimidation.”

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, Missoula Division, seeks compensatory and punitive damages. It accuses Anglin of invading Gersh’s privacy and intentionally inflicting emotional distress. It also outlines how his campaign violated the Montana Anti-Intimidation Act.

“There’s no place in Montana for the hate Andrew Anglin unleashed from the darkest corners of the internet,” said co-counsel John Morrison, a partner with Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson, & Deola. “The attack on Tanya Gersh was an attack on all of us.”

Today’s header banner on The Daily Stormer shows a fellow neo-Nazi punching a woman at Saturday’s pro-Trump rally in Berkeley. 

  • Boreal

    Time for another SPLC donation too.

  • Boreal

    He’s a pathetic looking little troll.

    • Chucktech

      I’d bet that exposure to the light of day (or a lawsuit) would reveal that that’s what right wing trolls truly are.

      • Sissy Spacedout

        May he get what he truly deserves.

      • Nowhereman

        I’m guessing he’s collecting SSI disability, food stamps, the whole nine yards. Hypocrite is too mild a word for these fascist nazi wannabes.

        • MonochromeMouse

          I hope he is, and I hope he gets all that taken away as a result of this lawsuit.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Looks like a lawn gnome to me.

      • Boreal

        His pointy gnome hat is at home with his sheet.

    • safari

      Dead eyes

  • bkmn

    Dear ISP that provides him with internet – please release his internet history.

    K thx bye!

    • mjcc1987

      Pron…………. lots of fury Pron……………………………….

      • bkmn

        don’t forget the dark skin tone too.

      • (((GC)))

        … lots of fury Pron…

        As in hatefucking? 🙂

  • Gustav2

    Why do Richard Spencer and Kim Jong-un have the same barber?

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Did the Nazi who punched a woman get arrested ?

    • Andymac3

      It would appear ‘not yet’.

  • Treant

    I’m aware that it’s shallow, but why the hell are all of these neo-nazi leaders so incredibly fucking ugly?

    • Sissy Spacedout

      But of course, you know you answer your own question. Right? 🙂

      • Treant

        I do. Several would be attractive without the puckered anus mouth of self-loathing discontent. Others would be reasonably cute if they hadn’t tattooed themselves poorly with nazi symbols. And so on.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Karma had foresight

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Hate, literally, makes you ugly inside and out.

      • Treant

        Not being the most halcyon person around, I can’t quite figure out how I can easily pass for 35. 30 in a dimly lit room.

        • Nic Peterson

          Moisturize!

    • Chucktech

      Angry angsting over their small dicks does that.

  • Todd20036

    Harassment isn’t free speech, in case any concern trolls are lurking about.

    • Gene

      No…its not.

      Now…insulting speech..unflattering speech…even some mean speech, if its TRUE (if you DID rob a bank, you cannot complain that your neighbor called you a bank robber, is totally and utterly free, as it should be.

      and, offensive, homophobic, racist, xenophobic speech….ALSO free.

      BUT BUT BUT BUT~~~!!!!

      Just because it is free speech…does not mean you are free from 1) counter speech 2) disdain.

      conservatives think they can say rude, ungentlemanly, unladylike shit, and suffer no consequences/boycotts. conservatives mistake free speech, with consequence free speech. thats whats makes them such fools.

      and HArassment? Thats not free speech…there is a word for such behavior. Harassment.

      • MonochromeMouse

        Also, freedom of speech only protects you from the government punishing you for saying something they don’t like, it does not protect you from being fired, banned from a website or event, or being kicked out of a place of business for saying something they don’t like.

  • Lars Littlefield

    This is so tragic. Whitefish and nearby communities of Big Fork, northern edge of Flathead Lake, and Kalispel are occupied by a great people who are appalled at the idea of white supremacists having taken up residence like a tumor in their part of the world. Hell, bears have been the biggest problem in the area since forever. Maybe the good people of Flathead County can forge an agreement with the bear population and have them go after the white supremacists, slashing their guts open and stealing their children. It could be a major win win! 🙂

    • coram nobis

      You’re suggesting a right to arm bears?

      • Lars Littlefield

        😀 It’s about time, don’t you think?

        • Andymac3

          It’s my right to bears arms, and I’m quite partial to a hairy back too.

    • prixator

      Better going after white supremacists than invading the schools (as they’re now doing, right?).

  • JWC

    psycological retarted, poor potty training ,Brutal daddy. unloving mother, mother or just a total fuck up

    • Chucktech

      Poor thing probably watched too much teevee…

      • JWC

        nobody loved him girls at school rejected him

        • safari

          Bill Marh ended his New Rules section once with a monologue about the connection between spree killers and their lack of getting laid. It sounds crass, but it actually made sense.

          • JWC

            a lot of psycological problems are rooted in the most basic of human experiences sound, smell, touch and yes sex

  • Boreal
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  • JoeMyGod
    • Treant

      I’d say “Napoleon Complex,” but Napoleon was of average height (they used French inches, which the English reported without translating because it was good propaganda. Napoleon was actually 5′ 7″ tall in Imperial inches, and average to a hair above for France of that day).

      • saucetin

        According to SF Chronicle’s ‘Grab Bag’ column, he
        was 5’9″ and the Boneparte will be fossilized forever

    • CanuckDon

      So many men…so little therapy.

    • Gerry Fisher

      small

    • Thorn Spike

      Adherents of a failed ideology.

    • Steverino

      To paraphrase Mae West, it’s not the 5 feet, but the 2 inches that count.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Trump groupies.

  • the red hat is the new white hood.

  • Acronym Jim

    In case the little shit ever goes missing for a long period of time, we’ve already got an age-progressed photo.

    https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OeQkZ62uhB0/WNysO0BNspI/AAAAAAAAC3A/v-3dPjBYxdMuzrv5SiEEnso3akBTuQB-QCLcB/s1600/charles-manson-stickingtongue-288.jpg

    • Falconlights

      LOL Thank you for a much-needed evening laugh.

  • Hank

    Andrew Anglin, the Daily Stormer, Richard Spencer heads the National Policy Institute

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f4018d6d1548d3d0995d6008acfd062c5c8f87d932db6eaec041e411ca801e40.jpg

  • Joe in PA

    Maybe he can get the Liberty Counsel to defend him. Yay!

    • billbear1961

      Right up their alley!

  • SunsetGay

    You would think that the “Master Race” wouldn’t be a bunch of bloated, beta-male douchebags living in their parents’ basements.

    • Ross

      But they are, Blanche, they are.

    • saucetin

      Grandparents’ ranch in the CA foothills. Evropa Institute
      w/ a little ‘v’ for a ‘u’ — sort of like that joke hungarian advisor to 45. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=398HJb0_PFg

  • Schlukitz

    Lawsuit, my ass!

    Terrorizing people and punching women in the face are criminal acts.

    Why are none of these rodents being arrested and thrown in jail?

    • billbear1961

      I can’t believe that shit in Berkeley STILL hasn’t been arrested for assault!

      (Hello, Schlukitz!)

      • Schlukitz

        Hello there! 🙂

    • Tor

      For not being brown?

  • billbear1961

    I hope this country understands that more and more THIS is what the U.S. is starting to look like to the civilized world: emboldened fascist FILTH intimidating and punching women in the face.

    What a DISGRACE that it has come to this!!

    Where are the Trump regime and the GOP to strongly DENOUNCE these monstrous BULLIES?!

    Is THIS how you want the world to view your party and this country, you ruthless, pathological lying SCUM?!

    RESIST–or see the whole nation pulled into the GUTTER!!

    • JaniceInToronto

      “I hope this country understands that more and more THIS is what the U.S.
      is starting to look like to the civilized world: emboldened fascist
      FILTH intimidating and punching women in the face.”

      The whole world is -still- watching. Your country is turning into a complete shithole. I’m sorry you guys are being so badly fucked over by your own people.

      • -M-

        Thanks. Decent people appreciate the sympathy.

        • Tiger Quinn

          lol

  • bobbyjoe

    Trump reads the above article, quickly asks his advisors if there are any cabinet positions left to fill.

    • saucetin

      Wouldn’t need too big of cabinet for that tiny troll. Thank heavens since, from the dreadlocked student’s interview–his running punch leaves no visible evidence on her. That little shit barely rose to her Roman nose.

  • safari

    Remember when the Nazis didn’t have a large presence before 45?

    • Tor

      They’ve always been there, just hiding under their bridges.

  • Harassment is not protected speech. It’s a crime.

  • Ian

    I really REALLY hate when norse runes get coopted by neo nazis. 12 years Hitler was in power and he corrupted some of the best symbols of Nordic and German culture. thousands of years or art, music, literature, all down the tube.

    Let that be a lesson to us.

    • saucetin

      Wagner didn’t need much help to get corrupted.

  • Tor

    I wonder if there is an interstate factor in this, as well, possibly making it a federal issue.

    • -M-

      Not like Sessions’s DOJ would prosecute Nazis though.

  • Hank
  • ETownCanuck

    I’m from the part of Canada just north of the border from Montana…the whole area is a hotbed of this neo-nazi bullshit and has been for a very long time.

  • Marides48

    “MAGA” head wear seems appropriate for this asshole.

  • ColdCountry

    “It also outlines how his campaign violated the Montana Anti-Intimidation Act.”
    So where are the police?

    • Jack

      The police have nothing to do with the Montana Anti-Intimidation Act.

      All it does is provide a civil cause of action.

      • ColdCountry

        Ah, OK, thanks!

  • Randy503

    Wow. They can beat up a girl. So manly, these people.