Matthew Q. Gebert, a foreign affairs officer attached to the Bureau of Energy Resources has not only been outed as a white supremacist, but further investigation has revealed that he lead the D.C. chapter of The Right Stuff, named after the popular alt-right blog of the same name, even hosting fellow white supremacists for meetings at his home. In summary: the leader of an organized white supremacist group works in the heart of the U.S. government. He is likely one of many.
One reason this connection was made immediately apparent is that Gebert conducted his alt-right online business under a pseudonym, “Coach Finstock,” or sometimes just “Finstock.” He also tweeted support for Neo-Nazism and fascism under the now defunct Twitter handle @NeverCuck.
In 2018, Coach Finstock spoke on an alt-right podcast entitled “The Fatherland,” where he said “[Whites] need a country of our own with nukes, and we will retake this thing lickety split … That’s all that we need. We need a country founded for white people with a nuclear deterrent. And you watch how the world trembles.”
Gebert’s wife, Anna Vuckovic, also participated in white supremacist activities and maintained a heavy online presence. She was identified by several anonymous sources as the user behind the Twitter handle @WolffieJames, also now suspended.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, who’s ‘Hate Map’ is linked on our main menu under the tab ‘Tracking Hate’, has a well sourced write-up on how exactly it came to identify Gebert’s and Vuckovic’s heinous and potentially illegal online activities.
Twitter preserves old handles in conversations on that platform even after users change them. An open-source intelligence technique involves combing through conversations until older handles appear.
A review of conversations by @TotalWarCoach indicates that the same account previously employed handles like @MQGeb, which uses Gebert’s initials and part of his last name, and also @MQGebert, which includes his first two initials and his full last name.
Gebert left other breadcrumbs as “Coach Finstock” on Twitter. For example, the “Coach Finstock”-linked handle @WeWonFam posted what appears to be a personal photograph of the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial facing the Washington Monument on Nov. 17, 2016, a week after President Trump’s election into office. That post suggests the author’s location is in Washington, D.C. @WeWonFam listed Washington, D.C., as its location in the account’s Twitter bio.SPLC
Despite right-wing violence being the leading cause of domestic terrorism in the United States, President Donald Trump and other Republican lawmakers are rallying to oppose anti-fascism. Trump, Ted Cruz, Bill Cassidy have all been outspoken about criminalizing ‘antifa’ or anti-fascists and making them vulnerable to RICO act investigations, similar to how the US effectively prosecutes the mafia and other organized criminal enterprises.
Anti-fascists show up to popular alt-right and white supremacist rallies to counter-protest. The anti-fascist movement gained significant traction following the murder of Heather Heyer by a white supremacist during the infamous Charlottesville Unite the Right rally. In 2019 multiple anti-fascist groups traveled to Stone Mountain, Georgia to protest a KKK rally in front of what some call “Confederate Mount Rushmore.” The anti-fascists protested peacefully, albeit armed to the teeth with semi-automatic rifles. The KKK ultimately canceled the rally.
SPLC’s Hatewatch, the investigators and breakers of this story, reached out to the State Department for comment:
Hatewatch presented a brief summary of the information contained in this investigation to the State Department by email.
A State Department spokesperson replied to Hatewatch saying the department is “committed to providing a workplace that is free from discriminatory harassment and investigates alleged violations of laws, regulations, or Department policies, taking disciplinary action when appropriate.”