Andrew Anglin, one of the founders of The Daily Stormer, launched a “troll storm” against a Montanan a Jewish Real Estate agent . Tanya Gersh, of Whitefish, Montana, and her family have received over 700 messages. Gersh’s abuse began after another alt-right leader, Richard Spencer, accused her of extorting money from his mother. Gersh is suing Anglin for harassment, invasion of privacy, and emotional distressed caused by Anglin’s army of trolls.
The Daily Stormer, is one of the most popular and widely read antisemtic websites. Websites such as this have been responsible for harassment and intimidation of numerous minorities and individuals like Gersh. Anglin posted an article on the website with the headline, “Jews Targeting Richard Spencer’s Mother for Harassment and Extortion – TAKE ACTION!” In addition the article linked pictures of Gersh and her family, along with her contact information.
Obviously, the fact that a woman and her family was unfairly targeted and harassed is a sad and wrong thing. However, this is one of the few cases where someone responsible for hate speech, harassment, and intimidation is actually being held responsible. So while this whole incidence is completely unnecessary and unprovoked, at least some sort of justice will be made. Unfortunately, this website and other similar sites will continue to do things like this, but perhaps if consequences for such actions are taken, people like Anglin will think twice about what they write.
Southern Poverty Law Center, No author, April 18th, 2017, Alt-right/hates peech, Whitefish, Montana