Elon Musk Just Let A Notorious Neo-Nazi Troll Back On Twitter

Andrew Anglin ― a infamous neo-Nazi whose antisemitic conspiracy theories, white supremacist hate speech and alt-right trolling have been deemed so harmful that courts have ordered him to pay thousands and thousands of {dollars} to his victims ― was welcomed again to Twitter on Thursday night time after a nearly decade-long ban from the social media platform.

His return is an obvious a part of newly minuted Twitter proprietor Elon Musk’s efforts to restore “free speech” to the platform, even when meaning welcoming again folks like Anglin who’ve incited campaigns to bombard journalists with threatening tweets.

“I deleted all the old stuff that was on this account. I will strictly follow whatever the rules are. If I get banned, it’s not for anything I said, it’s just because I’m me,” tweeted Anglin, who’s greatest recognized for creating The Daily Stormer ― an influential neo-Nazi web site named for a Nazi propaganda paper. Twitter banned Anglin in 2013, the yr he launched his website, and he’s at present in hiding.

Since being reinstated, Anglin has expressed his assist for Kanye West, who now goes by Ye, with a number of tweets and a “YE24” in his bio, referring to the rap mogul’s acknowledged intention to run for president in 2024. This comes a day after Ye went on a disturbing tirade declaring his “love” for Adolf Hitler and Nazis, claiming the German dictator “seems like a cool guy” and denying that Hitler oversaw the slaughter of 6 million Jews and others within the Holocaust. Musk has since suspended the rapper from Twitter, saying Ye tweeting a picture of a swastika contained in the Star of David violated the platform’s rules towards inciting violence.

“Saying you love Hitler is not even a big deal. No one cares about that. The man died 80 years ago.”

– Andrew Anglin on his first day again on Twitter

On his first full day again on Twitter, Anglin stated the response to Ye’s feedback was overblown.

“Saying you love Hitler is not even a big deal. No one cares about that. The man died 80 years ago,” he tweeted.

It’s a perplexing stance from a person who clearly does care about Hitler, whether or not he admits it or not. Many of his feedback over time sound like they’re straight from the infamous dictator’s playbook, writing in 2016 that the purpose of the alt-right motion is to “ethnically cleanse White nations of non-Whites and establish an authoritarian government. Many people also believe that the Jews should be exterminated.”

Some of the headlines Anglin ran on his web site, which helped gas the lethal 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, embody “All Intelligent People in History Disliked Jews” and “Adolf Hitler: The Most Lied About Man of All Time.”

In 2016, he referred to as on his followers to unleash a “troll storm” on actual property agent Tanya Gersh, her husband and her 12-year-old son, accusing her of attempting to run white nationalist Richard Spencer’s mom out of Whitefish, Montana. A decide dominated in 2019 that he ought to pay her $14 million in damages. However, Anglin has refused to look in court docket, and his location stays unknown. A decide issued an arrest warrant for him final month over his refusal to adjust to a court docket order.

In one other 2019 ruling, a decide ordered Anglin and others behind The Daily Stormer to pay $725,000 in damages to a Black pupil at American University for launching a racist, sexist trolling marketing campaign towards her.

Some of Anglin’s most blatant requires violence have centered on ladies.

“Look, I hate women. I think they deserve to be beaten, raped and locked in cages,” he stated in 2018. On one other event, he wrote: “Women crave men who call them stupid and claim they shouldn’t have any rights. They also crave being tied up, beaten and raped.”

On his newly reinstated Twitter account on Friday, Anglin complained he was the sufferer of “mass spamming” ― the very factor that landed him in court docket ― and that his previous feedback have been misinterpreted jokes.

“You people are completely unhinged, mass spamming me with death threats, claiming I deserve to be murdered because you uncharitably interpreted jokes I made years ago,” he wrote.