“I consider Dave is an effective man who will make a wonderful Trustee and can resist the Progressive/Marxist indoctrination of our kids,” retorted KCRCC chair Brent Regan on Fb. “I encourage you to disregard the false accusations and proceed your assist of ALL of our beneficial candidates.”
When institution Republicans have referred to as Regan out for supporting Reilly, he has claimed they have been making “accusations with out full info,” and claimed that the knowledge in the Daily Beast article by Kelly Weill that kicked off the controversy in early October did so “with quotes both fabricated or taken out of context.”
As Weill and the weblog Angry White Men documented, Reilly’s historical past of posting antisemitic and white nationalist speaking factors on social media is intensive. His views first attracted consideration in 2017, when he avidly promoted the lethal “Unite the Proper” white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, whereas ostensibly protecting the occasion for WHLM-AM radio in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, a station owned by his father.
“Good morning. The #AltRight slept tight and #Antifa continues to be sleeping. In all probability hungover or dope-sick. See yall at Lee Park. #Unite the Proper,” certainly one of his preevent tweets learn. Reilly then resigned whereas placing out an announcement denouncing “Nazism, the KKK, Racism, White Supremacism, and political violence,” including: “The accusations that I’m a White Supremacist, Nazi, Racist or something of this type is pure slander.”
Over the following years, Reilly then launched into a profession of rubbing shoulders with racists, notably the white nationalist “Groyper” motion led by Nicholas Fuentes and embraced by pundit Michelle Malkin, who has endorsed Reilly’s candidacy in Publish Falls as effectively. Reilly attended certainly one of their conferences. He additionally made a number of appearances on the white nationalist YouTube channel “Purple Ice.”
He tweeted that “Judaism is the faith of anti-Christ,” that “all Jews are harmful,” and opined extra Individuals ought to consider antisemitic stereotypes.
On Twitter, Reilly’s antisemitism was rampant. “Jews faux to be white when it’s expedient for them,” he tweeted final January, which is why “white privilege is a factor.” Later that month, he shared an article claiming 61% of Individuals agreed with not less than one antisemitic stereotype. “Excellent news! Let’s get these numbers up!” he tweeted.
As Weill documented:
When Poland introduced its withdrawal from a Holocaust occasion in January 2020, Reilly expressed his approval (“Poland FTW”), and when he was questioned once more about his attendance at Unite The Proper, he claimed that criticizing his presence alongside white supremacists was inherently Jewish conduct (“the concept one may be contaminated by affiliation is Jewish,” he wrote).
Reilly additionally tweeted two photos of billboards, which had been doctored to learn “when Jews maintain energy they abuse it” and “all Jews are harmful,” and promoted conspiracy theories about “Jewish subversion.” “Judaism is the faith of anti-Christ,” he tweeted at one level in February 2020.
The targets of Reilly’s bigotry embrace ladies and the LGBTQ group. He tweeted that ladies’s suffrage was “a mistake” and that “ladies shouldn’t be allowed on social media.” He additionally accused Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg of “dabbling in human trafficking” for adopting a toddler along with his husband Chasten Buttigieg.
After leaving WHLM, Reilly labored as an editor for E. Michael Jones, the chief of an antisemitic “traditionalist Catholic” group based mostly in Indiana and the writer of Tradition Wars journal, which is famous for working such articles as “Judaizing: Then and Now,” “John Huss and the Jews,” “The Converso Downside: Then and Now,” “The Judaism of Hitler,” “Shylock Involves Notre Dame.” In 2019, a Reilly piece for the journal titled “Technology Id Disaster” claimed that “Jewish sociologists” had used “Marxist social engineering” to ignite a “mass motion of left wing agitation and sexual liberation … [leading to an] virtually full breakdown of social norms.” He additionally wrote that “the Catholic Church has been infiltrated by homosexuals, Jews, and dangerous management.”
Michelle Lippert, a retired professor of philosophy at North Idaho Faculty and present college board member, told KXLY-TV that Reilly’s candidacy is worrisome. “I’ve learn items he’s written. I’ve seen his tweets. I’ve listened to podcasts that he’s participated in and it’s clear that he’s very anti-Semitic he’s misogynistic, homophobic, and he has an appreciation of white supremacy,” Lippert mentioned.
For his half, Reilly—who solely moved to Publish Falls in 2020—has primarily claimed martyrdom by the hands of the media and liberals. He told The Coeur d’ Alene Press that he has “been subjected to unbelievable monetary, social and private hardships as a result of he was a public supporter of Donald Trump.”
“On account of these assaults on me and my household by radical left-wing activists, I’ve been in a position to extra carefully imitate Jesus Christ, who was mocked, scourged, placed on a present trial, spat upon and in the end killed,” Reilly mentioned. “I’m extraordinarily blessed to have the ability to take part in that struggling for Christ’s sake.”
His main rebuttal to the correct characterization of his worldview as antisemitic is similar as Regan’s: holding up his endorsement by an area man of Jewish descent named Alan Golub, who they each describe as “the son of a Holocaust survivor.” What they omit from their description is that Golub, a wealthy Bitcoin promoter, doesn’t seem like a practising member of the normal Jewish religion; reasonably, he’s listed as the primary agent for Aman Ministries, a nonprofit group with a website dedicated to a mishmash of Hebraic and Christian fundamentalism, within the method of Jews for Jesus.
Within the meantime, each Reilly and Regan have come below sharp criticism from the pro-Israel group StandWithUs Northwest, which tried to open a dialogue with each males and was rebuffed. On Facebook, the group famous: “In the event you take a look at our assertion, you will note that our ‘allegations’ are literally display screen pictures of tweets that Reilly himself posted.
Reilly continued mendacity about StandWithUs, alleging quite a few unfaithful issues about us, in an try to deflect from his personal antisemitic writings.”
This doubling-down strategy by Trumpian Republicans on efforts to name out the GOP’s embrace of far-right extremism was reflected Jan. 6, when Reilly was a speaker at a rally in Coeur d’Alene organized to protest Trump’s defeat within the election. He advised the gang that the November elections have been fraudulent.
“This election was rigged and it was stolen from us, the American individuals,” he mentioned. “There’s extra votes in Pennsylvania than registered voters.”
Earlier than the mob in Washington started its assault on the Capitol, the Idaho crowd heard Reilly denounce cops and the FBI for missing integrity; referred to as Democrats pedophiles; and claimed the CIA has been smuggling medication, kids, and cash. He additionally attacked then-Vice President Mike Pence.
“Mike Pence simply launched a letter saying he’s not going to do what he’s presupposed to do,” he advised the viewers, which booed loudly, with shouts of “traitor”. The occasion’s emcee then took the microphone and introduced: “Supposedly they’re taking the Capitol and taking out Pence.”
The group cheered.