KrisAnne Hall, a self-described “constitutional attorney” who thinks states have the right to secede, recently addressed a neo-Confederate hate group whose goal is to create what the Civil War did not: a separate Southern nation. In an email response to Hatewatch this week after her address, Hall said: While I am not a proponent of secession, a state certainly has that contractual right when it feels that the compact has been irrevocably broken. Our states are not fiefdoms under subjugation to an unquestionable despot. Yet while a state may secede or be expelled, that state would lose all benefits and privileges afforded to it under the federal compact. Hall did not provide the contents of her remarks to the annual conference of the League of the South’s Florida chapter, but she did share a copy of the PowerPoint presentation she said she used during her Aug. 10 address to LOS in Lake City, Florida. The presentation, titled “Restoring the Constitution,” included information on the theory of nullification and why “federal use of undelegated power is theft.” In her email to Hatewatch, Hall attempted to distance herself from LOS, saying that her teachings run contrary to the group’s position. But some of Hall’s rhetoric, such as her belief in both nullification and justification of secession, could help LOS reach new audiences. These fringe, far-right readings of the U.S. Constitution became popular with such “patriots” as Henry Lamont “Mike” Beach and William Potter Gale in the 1970s under the guises of being strict constitutionalists. Both men were ardent white supremacists and were some of the first to package their antigovernment and Christian Identity beliefs in such pseudo-patriotic terms. Both LOS and Hall take issue with the accepted view of the Supremacy Clause, a clause in Article VI of the Constitution that says the Constitution and federal laws generally take precedence over state laws. The lawyer’s appearance at the LOS event isn’t the first time she has courted controversy in her speaking engagements. A former Russian linguist in the U.S. Army, Hall spoke at a number of tea party events while she was an assistant prosecutor in Suwannee County, Florida – a move that put her at odds with her boss and ultimately led to her firing in 2010.Today, Hall is best known for traveling the country teaching an alternative version of the Constitution. According to her, the 10th Amendment makes most federal agencies, except the military, illegal. She also pushes the notion that the 14th, 15th and 19th amendments were “unnecessary and dangerous,” according to a Facebook post in 2016.Other speakers at this month’s LOS conference included Nazi sympathizer Robert Isaacs (aka “Ike Baker”) and self-proclaimed white nationalist and LOS president Michael Hill. Isaacs, who was present at the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in 2017, is the commander of the Kentucky Southern Defense Force, a paramilitary wing of LOS. Hill, who describes himself as a “Southern nationalist,” is also proudly antisemitic and anti-Muslim. He has said there is a “black problem” in the South.
via splcenter: KrisAnne Hall Addresses League of the South Chapter