Thursday, February 16, 2017

Neo-Nazis creating power base in Alexandria By The Wayne Madsen Report

Neo-Nazis creating power base in Alexandria
By The Wayne Madsen Report

Controversial white supremacist and neo-Nazi leader Richard Spencer is establishing a major center for his National Policy Institute in Old Town Alexandria, just a free trolley ride and a few subway stops away from the U.S. Congress, White House, and Supreme Court.
Spencer moved his operation, which includes a publishing house and a periodical, from Whitefish, Montana to Alexandria after the election of Donald Trump. In mid-November 2016, Spencer and 300 of his neo-Nazi followers met at a raucous meeting in the Ronald Reagan Building, just a few blocks from the White House, where the successor to American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell led the crowd to shouts of "Heil Trump!"
Spencer and his Nazis have been met with hostility from Alexandria's town folk, who have engaged in protests on the second and fourth Sundays of every month outside of his rented $3000 a month two-floor residence and office at 1001 King Street at the corner of Patrick Street. Spencer is located above a shop that makes its own chocolates but the presence of the Nazis upstairs has not deterred customers of the chocolatier from patronizing one of their favorite stores. In fact, on Valentine's Day, the biggest sales day for chocolate sales, BluPrint Chocolatiers completely sold out of their home made products. Customers who dropped by only to be disappointed that the store closed earlier expressed dismay over the presence of Spencer and his operation on the second and third floors of the building.

It's pretty clear why Spencer's neo-Nazis chose the building [left] for their headquarters. Unlike the standard red brick colonial buildings in Old Town, their structure is vaguely reminiscent of the apartment building in Linz, Austria [right], where Adolf Hitler was born. There are plans to raze the Linz building.
On Valentine's Day evening, about three dozen anti-Nazi protesters, led by those who support designating Alexandria a "sanctuary city" gathered in front of the Alexandria City Hall where they planned to fill the city council meeting taking place. Many of the protesters were unaware of Spencer's close links to Trump's senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, a fellow member of the Duke University Conservative Union in 2006 and 2007. Although Miller is Jewish, he shares many of Spencer's beliefs, especially his anti-immigrant fervor. Miller is the chief architect of Trump's anti-Muslim immigration ban, now suspended by several federal court decisions.