February 21, 2018

Republican National Convention Day 1: The Boneheads Are Here!

Matt Forney, center holding smartphone, live streaming for White Supremacist Red Ice

They didn’t like to be called neo-Nazis, but if an “alt-right” character walks like a duck and quacks like a duck… Welcome to Cleveland, Nazis!

CLEVELAND, OH – As the 2016 Republican National Convention gets underway people coming out to oppose the nomination of real estate mogul Donald Trump, and they will spend much of the week holding events and rallies around town to voice that opposition. Similarly, those supporting Trump will also be holding events, and that includes a number of White Supremacists and their supporters. Some from those circles are also attempting to report on the opposition and that made for a particularly active first day for the Convention.

Matt Forney, who is particularly known as a “Men’s Rights Activist” (MRA) that has written articles with titles such as “How to Crush a Girl’s Self-Esteem” and “Why Fat Girls Don’t Deserve to Be Loved,” was at one rally live-streaming for the White Supremacist radio podcast Red Ice along with William Rome of Occidental Dissent and Edwin Oslan of the paleoconservative Savage Hippie blog who recently had Holocaust denier David Cole on his podcast. When rally participants learned who they were, they were chased out of the initial meeting spot although they remained on the sidewalk as the protesters marched downtown.

Left to Right, Matt Forney, Edwin Oslan, and William Rome

The America First Unity Rally, which was sponsored by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and conservative propagandist Roger Stone, also brought out the White Supremacists, notably National Policy Institute’s Richard Spencer, Nathan Damigo of Identity Eyropa (formerly the National Youth Front), who is also doing reports for Red Ice and Matthew Heimbach, who got into a shouting match with antifa. Later, It’s Going Down tweeted a photo of members of the Finnish neo-Fascist anti-immigration vigilante group Soldiers of Odin, purporting to be the U.S. chapter of the group out in the streets.

Although the neo-Fascists encountered have repeatedly claimed that they were being threatened and harassed, there were no reports of any violence.

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