Andrew Anglin is best recognized as the central and controversial figure in the touting of the tenets of the white supremacist movement in the United States of America. He is best known for the work he does as the editor-in-chief of The Daily Stormer through which he makes scathing remarks that target minority groups such as women, people of other races, and homosexuals. All these have contributed to the public image he has curated over all these years.
Currently, Anglin lives life in hiding and this is largely attributed to the sensitive nature of his ideas. He is also known for his extremist behavior which he developed from a very young age.
Andrew Anglin Began To Display Uncanny Behaviours as a Teenager
Before he began his career as a propagator of white supremacy, the Ohio native who was born on July 27, 1984, was a quiet, insecure, vegan kid. Andrew Anglin began exhibiting strange behaviors while he was at Linworth Alternative Program, the first high school he attended. It was during this period that he declared himself an atheist and was one of the only two other vegans in the whole of Linworth.
Anglin’s declaration of being an atheist was very shocking as he was brought up in a Christian household. His father, Greg Anglin, was a counselor who worked with a number of preachers in the Columbus area. This atheistic belief became the first indication that Anglin was different from the other people and tended to deviate from the norm.
Anglin Created a Troll Storm That Targeted a Jewish Woman and Her Family
In the fall of 2016, a Jewish woman named Tanya Gersh of Whitefish, Montana had agreed to help Sherry Spencer, the mother of Richard Spencer – a white supremacist and leading figure in the alt-right movement, sell commercial property she owns in Whitefish. Sherry, however, later accused Gersh of threatening and harassing her into agreeing to sell the property.
This signaled the beginning of Gersh’s nightmare as she became the target of a neo-Nazi troll storm of online harassment orchestrated by Anglin’s The Daily Stormer publication. He sponsored prank calls that were made to Tanya Gersh and her husband. The calls would feature gunshots and threats to the lives of the couple.
In the months that followed, Andrew Anglin’s website published over 30 posts which had the phone numbers, email addresses, and social media profiles of Gersh, her husband, and their 12-year-old son, as well as friends and colleagues. The site also accused the Jewish woman of engaging in an “extortion racket” against Sherry Spencer.
Consequently, anonymous internet trolls bombarded Tanya Gersh’s family with over 700 hateful and threatening messages. This led Gersh to sue Anglin in April 2017 for invading her privacy, intentionally inflicting emotional distress, and violating a Montana anti-intimidation law. The court declared her the winner in the suit and has commanded Anglin to pay $14 million for damages.
He Owes Close To $5 Million From Other Lawsuits Related To Racism and Defamation
Taylor Dumpson, the first black woman to serve as an American University’s student government president, filed a suit against Andrew Anglin’s website after she became an online target for hateful messages. Threats were also left on campus shortly after her inauguration where bananas were hung on nooses all over the school. Her race and gender were the things that made her a target for The Daily Stormer. Taylor eventually won her suit and the court demanded that a $750,000 fee be paid to her.
More so, in 2017, a Muslim comedian and radio host named Dean Obeidallah filed a defamation lawsuit against the site, inadvertently accusing Andrew Anglin of falsely accusing him of masterminding the deadly bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. For this suit, Anglin was asked to pay the comedian $4.1 million. Like the others mentioned above, Anglin is yet to clear his debt.
The Daily Stromer is The Hallmark of Andrew Anglin’s Success
To understand how Andrew Anglin got his identity as a very controversial public figure, going back to his traumatic teenage years would bare the facts. It is gathered that during the time he was going through the crisis of his parents’ divorce, Anglin would listen to Alex Jones, a man considered to be America’s first conspiracy theorist. The teachings of Jones are the first things that influenced his rhetoric. He has shown an interest in Zionist teachings and the Holohoax, ideologies that preach on the importance of the white race, and how everything that is wrong with the world is caused by either people of other races or political movements that propagate equality for different classes of people. All of these are the defining qualities of Anglin’s personality and feed his ego to the supremacist he has turned into today.
Anglin went on to establish the neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer, in July 2013 to express his white supremacist ideology. Prior to The Daily Stormer, he had operated three other blogs, including Outlaw Journalism launched in 2006, and Adventure Quest launched in 2012. The first neo-Nazi website he owned was called Total Fascism, established in 2012.
The Daily Stormer website was originally conceived as a replacement for Total Fascism as well as the need for shorter articles and a more provocative style. Andrew Anglin considers it now to be a part of the alt-right movement, a coalition of far-right populists, white nationalists, and neo-Nazis. More so, as a controversial figure within the white supremacist movement, he uses the platform to promote hatred of Jews and denigrates minorities.
While Anglin claims to have shifted away from the neo-Nazi ideology, he has continuously attacked Jews with crude anti-Semitic languages. In addition to this, he attacks and belittles women with his misogynist views. However, since the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a white supremacist killed an activist (Heather D. Heyer) after he rammed his car into a crowd of anti-racists, The Daily Stormer has struggled to maintain a home on web hosting services. This is attributed to the fact that after the incident, Anglin mocked the victim on his neo-Nazi website which made GoDaddy oust the blog.
Since its boot from Google and GoDaddy, The Daily Stormer has bounced around the globe with different web domains and has often been forced to operate in the dark.