A group of neo-Nazis here has a seemingly simple plan.
They’re organizing in Ohio and the surrounding states, on a mission to win the hearts and minds of poor white people.
They want a whites-only state. And to get it, members of a group called the Traditionalist Worker Party are preaching a time-tested strategy employed for decades by grassroots groups. Feed the hungry. Clothe the naked. It’s charity work, essentially.
Until it turns into something else.
That’s the plan, anyway. In reality, The Enquirer could find little evidence of the TWP’s charity work. And let’s be clear: While the party’s leadership says this is about white advocacy and helping the poor, it is also about a group of people who are anti-Semitic, anti-diversity and who do not want to live with anyone but white people.
The TWP is in turmoil after co-founder Matthew Heimbach was charged with battery on March 13. The party's website was disabled shortly after that happened, and it's unclear how the charges might affect the group's long-term goals. More on that later.
For now, here's what we know: The TWP is a political party and one of more than 100 neo-Nazi hate groups operating in the United States, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Party leaders reject such labels, saying they are about helping white people, not hate. They typically call themselves white nationalists instead of neo-Nazis.
The TWP is a national group, but its members are concentrated in, and focused on, America’s middle, in states such as Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee.
They are targeting young people – particularly young, white men.
They are targeting the addicted and their families, bemoaning what they see as a piddly response to the opioid crisis.
And they are targeting Appalachia, where, they say, poor, white people are losing hope. There is no future for white people in America, said Heimbach, 26, who lives in Paoli, Indiana.
“We’ve been waiting for decades for the government, for companies, corporations, the Flying Spaghetti Monster to come and fix these things, but they’re not,” Heimbach said. “So the time is now for us to simply say, ‘We can’t count on anyone but ourselves.’”
This is what I'm up against every day here as a black man here in Northern Kentucky. They were quiet before, but they were here. If you're wondering how the terrorist suicide bomber in Austin was radicalized, it's because of groups like the Traditional Worker's Party.
I keep saying there are places in this state I won't go into for fear of my life, for fear of these asshole skinheads deciding a big black guy needs to get his ass kicked today by a group of white guys half my age.
They are flat out Neo-Nazi terrorists, period. I'd say it's time we start treating them like it but the problem is the GOP is doing exactly that.
Clinton made them angry.
Dubya made them organize.
Obama made them furious.
Trump made them loyal.