A social media network analysis performed by Rewire shows the Family Research Council’s messages are resonating with other factions of the far right that explicitly endorse and advocate white supremacist views. Last December, Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council (FRC), was speaking to Breitbart News CEO Larry Solov on Washington Watch Live, a radio show produced by the council. The two were discussing what they saw as recent attacks by “liberals” on people like them and their listeners—”God-fearing” Americans who maintained “conservative” and “traditional American values.” They were particularly upset at campaigns aimed at getting advertisers to pull spots from far-right sites, including Breitbart. “Breitbart is, as you know, the most pro-family, pro-traditional American values news brand in the English language,” Solov said to Perkins. “Frankly, this is an attack not just on Breitbart, but this is an attack on your listeners, and our readers, many of whom are the same.” “You’re right,” replied Perkins. “A lot of our material is published on Breitbart. Petitions that we do on religious liberty in the military get to Breitbart, I mean, they do extremely well, because you’re right, it’s God-fearing Americans who read Breitbart.” (…) The FRC vehemently rejects the notion that it’s a hate group, as Rewire has previously reported. It is currently spearheading a campaign of around 50 far-right groups to discredit the SPLC, complaining that the label is defamatory and unfair. A social media network analysis performed by Rewire, however, shows the FRC’s messages are resonating with other factions of the far right that explicitly endorse and advocate extremist views on white supremacy, women’s rights, and even espouse neo-Nazi views. Our analysis examined more than half a million Twitter accounts that followed a selection of six leaders of the far right. Those leaders included Perkins, Gavin McInnes, Michael Cernovich, Richard Spencer, and Jared Taylor. We also included the account for Return of Kings, a site started by the notorious misogynist and rape apologist Daryush Valizadeh, who is also known as Roosh V. McInnes and Cernovich belong to a faction of the far right known as the “alt-lite,” which claims to reject outright racism and anti-Semitism, but whose ideas are based on a notion of U.S. culture that experts in extremism have said is rooted in white supremacy. Spencer and Taylor are unabashed white nationalists. Spencer is the poster child for the so-called alt-right, and was a key organizer of neo-Nazi protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has also been filmed doing Nazi salutes on numerous occasions. Taylor established the nonprofit New Century Foundation, a white supremacist organization that publishes a site called American Renaissance. Taylor’s major claim is that there is scientific support for the relative superiority of the white race. His Twitter account and website are littered with explicit hate speech, mostly against Black people.
New Analysis Shows Supporters of Family Research Council Embrace White Supremacy and Neo-Nazism
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