Politico is reporting that in addition to taking money from white supremacist Earl Holt III, whose writings were referenced in Charleston shooter Dylann Roof’s racist manifesto, Reprentative Ryan Zinke took a $500 donation from Whitefish white supremacist Richard Spencer during his 2014 House campaign.
Spencer is the head of an organization called The National Policy Institute, which describes itself as “dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of European people in the United States and around the world.” The Southern Poverty Law Center more accurately describes Spencer as “a suit-and-tie version of the white supremacists of old, a kind professional racist in khakis,” while the Anti-Defamation League calls him ” a symbol of a new generation of intellectual white supremacists.”
To get just a sense of how despicable Spencer is, one needs merely watch the first few minutes of this video clip.
In Whitefish, Spencer drew attention to himself by being expelled from the Big Mountain Ski Club for his racist views and statements, as well as for inspiring the people of Whitefish to rise up to support an anti-hate ordinance to block his National Policy Institute from conducting business in their town.
Spencer’s donation to Zinke may be even more troubling than the one from Holt, for the simple reason that both men live in Whitefish, a relatively small community. That Zink took the money in the first place is problematic enough, but it’s even more troubling to imagine why Zinke’s local eugenics advocate donated to his campaign. What about Zinke’s message resonated enough with this new generation racist that he made his one campaign contribution of 2014 to Mr. Zinke?
More details about the donation to come.