Wingnut Week in Review: None Dare Call It Terrorism

Terrance Heath

What do you call it when an anti-Semite and white supremacist goes on a shooting spree at not one, but two Jewish community facilities, killing three people? If you’re the U.S. media you call it anything, but terrorism.

With a barrage of bullets and a cry of “Heil Hitler,” 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller left three people dead in shootings outside a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home in Overland Park, KS on Sunday. Miller, a former Klan leader turned government informant, may have been marking the birthday of recently executed racist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin.

Whatever inspired his violence, Miller was a ticking time bomb with a long history as a white supremacist and anti-Semite, going back more than 30 years.

  • Miller posted more than 12,000 messages to a white supremacist message board, including one about the potential impact of assassinating both President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
  • Miller transformed the North Carolina Ku Klux Klan into a paramilitary organization called the White Patriot Party, which advocated for “the creation of an all-white nation within the one million square miles of mother Dixie.” While in North Carolina Miller ran unsuccessfully for governor and the U.S. Senate.
  • During that time, a U.S. attorney said, Miller mailed out over 5,000 letters declaring war on Jews, homosexuals, blacks, government officials, and “white race traitors.”
  • After a three-year stint in federal prison on weapons charges, Miller ran for the congressional seat representing Missouri’s seventh district. In radio ads that stations found too offensive to run, Miller said, “America is no longer ours. America belongs to the Jews who rule it, and the mud-people who multiply in it.”

Frazier wasn’t shy about sharing his views. Over the years, he gave numerous media interviews. In some, Miller expressed an interest in the tea party and voiced support for Ron Paul.

 

It’s no surprise that right-wingers like Erik Rush blame Obama for the Kansas shootings.

But why is the of the rest media reluctant to call it terrorism?

Here’s the best of the worst in wingnuttia this week.

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