There’s something rotten in Whitefish, Mont., and it is not the fish. The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, published the names, photos and email and work addresses of six Jewish residents in the area and invited readers to “take action” against them.
The information was accompanied by this message from Andrew Anglin, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a neo-Nazi: “So Then — Let’s Hit Em Up. Are y’all ready for an old fashioned Troll Storm?”
This is not the first trouble in Whitefish. The town is home to a building belonging to Sherry Spencer, the mother of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. The building has been the site of picketing. Mr. Spencer is a part-time resident of the area.
In response to Mr. Anglin’s posting of the six individuals’ personal information, the police have stepped up their patrols and are working with the FBI to keep the peace. The matter has made national news.
Mr. Anglin said he was not advocating violence and, in a second post, he added that his comments had been misinterpreted. Still, yellow stars imposed on the photos of the six — a lawyer, a real estate agent, a young boy, two rabbis and an activist — evoke the Nazi era and leave troubling questions about what was intended. The police and FBI are wise to take the matter seriously.