- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, has garnered the support of a website made infamous by publishing crude neo-Nazi and white nationalist commentary, complicating the embattled congressman’s effort to overcome a related remark that caused him to be stripped of his House committee appointments.

The Daily Stormer published an article Tuesday instructing readers to contact the office of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, and express their disappointment in his decision to discipline Mr. King for recently asking a reporter, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

“This is an extremely disgusting move, and it is all the worse because it is McCarthy’s first act as the top House Republican,” wrote The Daily Stormer’s publisher, Andrew Anglin. “This is what he is setting his agenda to be — anti-white.”

“Even if King did say that ‘white supremacy’ shouldn’t be an offensive term, who cares?” Mr. Anglin wrote. “It’s a reasonable question that someone should not be punished simply for asking. In fact, this is completely insane on every level.”

The article included a phone number for Mr. McCarthy’s office and a link to a directory containing the contact information for other lawmakers, in addition to a list of talking points for readers to parrot when calling.

“I believe that we need people sticking up for whites, not attacking them,” Mr. Anglin suggested.

“We need to make it clear to these people how big our numbers are, and the degree to which we are engaged in politics,” he added. “They need to start realizing that it is easier to go along with what we want than oppose us for the sake of pacifying Democrats.”

A spokesperson for Mr. King said his office was unaware of The Daily Stormer’s campaign prior to being contacted by The Washington Times on Wednesday.

Congressman King has already condemned ‘anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of 6 million innocent Jewish lives,’ a condemnation which covers those behind this unwelcome effort,” a spokesperson for Mr. King said in an email.

A representative for Mr. McCarthy did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Launched by Mr. Anglin in 2013, The Daily Stormer gained notoriety over its connection to “Unite the Right,” a deadly far-right demonstration held in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The website published several articles promoting the rally in the weeks leading up to the event, as well as an article mocking Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old counterprotester killed by a “Unite the Right” attendee, published hours after her death.

Penned by Mr. Anglin, 34, the article mocking Heyer resulted in The Daily Stormer being booted by GoDaddy, the web’s leading domain registrar, prior to the website being subsequently punted from services operated by Facebook, Twitter and Cloudflare, among other internet companies. The site remains active and is frequently updated nearly two years later, however, and it is currently ranked as the 6,308-most popular site in the U.S., according to Alexa, an Amazon-owned analytics service.

Mr. Anglin’s previous calls for action have proven quite consequential. In late 2016, he urged readers to wage a “troll storm” against Tanya Gersh, a Jewish real estate agent he accused of extorting the mother of Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist activist. Lawyers for Ms. Gersh alleged she received hundreds of threatening phone calls in response to Mr. Anglin’s plea and subsequently sued in Montana federal court, prompting ongoing litigation that resulted last week in a magistrate ordering Mr. Anglin to disclose financial documents sought by Ms. Gersh’s lawyers.

Mr. King, 69, was elected to his ninth term in the House in November. He said in a floor speech last week that he rejects the ideologies of white nationalist and white supremacy, asserting: “I defend American civilization, which is an essential component of Western civilization.”

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