A neo-Nazi website is taking credit for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s (D-HI) qualification for the first two Democratic primary debates.
The Daily Stormer, a notorious white supremacist and antisemitic website, proclaimed “we did it” — after the Hawaii congresswoman reached the 65,000 donor threshold needed to participate in the first two debates.
Andrew Anglin, the website’s founder, wrote in April, “We got Tulsi in the debates.” He added: “I kind of didn’t really want to do the whole big push on this site and have her linked to us if she was going to make it without us (both because I don’t want the media attention and I doubt she wants to be considered a nazi candidate), but as it was clear she wasn’t going to make it without us, I figured it didn’t matter.”
The website said it had promoted Gabbard to “make the Jews go nuts” and “trigger the kikes.”
The site said her participation in the debate was an opportunity to “talk about Jews starting all the wars.”
In February, white supremacist and former GOP Louisiana state senator David Duke endorsed Gabbard.
Duke, who was head of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s, posted a set of tweets endorsing Gabbard’s 2020 presidential run and changed the background of his Twitter account.
A “Tulsi Gabbard for President” banner features the banner tagline, “Finally a candidate who will actually put America First rather than Israel First!”
Duke also endorsed Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, although the then-Republican candidate Trump denied any knowledge of the former KKK Grand Wizard in a March 2016 interview.
Duke again lauded Trump’s presidency following the deadly Charlottesville, Virginia rally in which Trump claimed there were decent people on “both sides.”
Gabbard has long received bipartisan criticism for her unconventional foreign policy views as well as her past opposition to LGBT rights.
In particular, Gabbard has received bipartisan criticism over her 2017 meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
She was one of three members of Congress to oppose a resolution condemning Assad for human rights abuses in the ongoing Syrian Civil War.
The Gabbard campaign did not respond to repeated requests for comment from Jewish Insider about whether her campaign was aware of The Daily Stormer’s effort, and if it would return any contributions from neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told Jewish Insider, “My initial reaction is that this is similar to what white supremacists declared about Trump 4 years ago.” He added “[I] don’t know anything about her campaign but cannot imagine that any mainstream candidate would seek or accept any ‘support’ from overt Jew haters and racists.”