The reporting I’ve read says that it was a conscious choice. And not necessarily a stupid one, from their perspective. Not only does their agenda and ideology overlap with al-Qaeda’s to some extent, but there’s also the shock value. If baiting the normies with your edgy pro-Hitler stance isn’t packing the disaffected into the seats like it used to, maybe identify yourself with a more contemporary bad guy.
So more likely a Walter Mitty, vs a Russian Operative. At least I hope so. Something tells me if they were funded and trained by Russian intelligence, they wouldn’t have been caught so easily.
And now that I say that out loud, I could totally see them doing that.
He stole his company name from the Venture Bros?
Nothing says competence more than naming your firm after a cartoon.
Next up: the Incel State in Iowa and South Dakota (ISIS).
when did russia become a thing for white nationalist to like?
It’s been that way for a long time
Pretty sure entire country of Russia is a White Supremacist Heaven/Haven
Gahhh, all I can think of is the Rifftrax Live! Christmas Shortstraveganza (a beloved holiday tradition in this house) segment “Parade of Aquatic Champions” from about 10 years ago, and “Here comes Norman Spear Junior, Here Comes Norman Spear Junior, Right Down Norman Spear Junior Lane…” pops in my head…
Poor Norman Spear Junior, he’s probably swimming circles in his aquatic champion grave over this.
I just always thought that their brand of ultra patriotism would incorporate cold war condemnation of russia and commies.
Me too! I was born in '61, so half my life has been lived in the Cold War era. Putin is smooth, but every bit as despotic and cold blooded as any modern Russian leader, moreso than most. Yet the GOP sucks his proverbial dick, right down to the “grassroots Deplorables” one comes across on social media that think we should be super pals with Russia and Putie. They stance so hard that it’s tempting to think they’re all online operatives. But that would be paranoia taking over…right?
They do have a history of propping up such movements.
But the alt-right, and especially the misogynist movement has a huge fixation on Russia and a weird obsession with Russian women as purer and more subservient. Also as purchasable.
Plus there’s this weird little industry of sketchy special forces, intelligence, private soldier shit in the US. Almost all of it based on false claims and fabricated service records. Its the whole soldier of Fortune Magazine thing, and it’s HUGE in the militia and white supremacist scenes.
So all of that is also entirely consistent with a regular American bunker nut in his mid 40’s.
That flipped a while back. Now Russia is the lone white Christian ethnostate holding back the Islamic world from ruining our women by getting them addicted to non-white penis.
And that is neither a joke, nor an exaggeration.
Why would a white nationalist group do this? Seems more likely they would fire on the anti-gun protesters
The goal is to cause chaos and unrest that will lead to a new race war/civil war, and then to a white supremacist society. I suspect they would do that and try and get authorities to blame anti-gun or antifa factions for the violence.
Hidden no more you nazi, have fun in the light of day.
Guy has a (group of people)(noun) name thing going. Norman Spear. Roman Wolf. I look forward to more of his pseudonyms - Frank Eagle, Dane Cross, Dutch Knight. Whatever lets us weed the Nazis out.
As @Mindysan33 said they were trying to trigger a race war.
It’s a long term runner among white nationalists, and fringe right movements more generally. Attacks of any sort are planned to or expected to trigger a mass uprising. Either by inspiring others, causing a back lash, or attempting to blame it on liberals or the government or Jewish moose.
Together with that there’s a deep obsession with false flags in these movements, and in conspiracy across the board. Every event that doesn’t conform to their world view is a false flag to justify something they don’t like or disadvantage them.
It all goes hand in hand with the idea that most people agree with them, and just need a shove to act. The whole silent majority thing. Since they can’t reconcile the idea that anyone genuinely believes any different then they do. It doesn’t occur to them that these things won’t work, or might backfire.
There’s something pleasing about white supremacists being so paranoid they start accusing each other of being government spies. Seems like it would be really easy to start feeding them all kinds of fake evidence so they start consuming themselves from within.
“Rinaldo Nazzaro” sure doesn’t sound like an American name.