“Today we take a look at the racist attacks by Trump and his supporters against “The Squad” and how those attacks are in line with a long tradition of working to delegitimize and silence the perspectives of non-whites in America”
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.”
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’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.”
“We’re going to do what we do to terrorists in this country, which is to deliver swift and certain justice,”
U.S. Attorney John Bash
At least 20 are dead and dozens more are injured following the latest in America’s long trend of mass shootings. Saturday, 3 August, a 21-year-old man walked into a Walmart in the Cielo Vista area of El Paso, Texas with an AK-pattern rifle and murdered 20 people in cold blood before being captured alive by authorities. The shooter released a manifesto on a public forum shortly before the shooting, which cited racist and xenophobic motivations for the attack. He claims that his actions are a direct response “to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” He continues, “They are the instigators, not me,” it says. “I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”
In a press conference Saturday, law enforcement officials said they were exploring whether a four-page manifesto titled “[REDACTED]” posted to the extremist online forum [REDACTED] shortly before the shooting, was written by suspect [REDACTED], a 21-year-old white man from a town near Dallas.
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[REDACTED] allegedly walked into a Walmart in El Paso late Saturday morning and opened fire on shoppers and employees. Security footage of the scene shows a man entering the building and holding a long firearm.
The manifesto describes a mass attack as a response “to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”
“They are the instigators, not me,” it says. “I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”
The manifesto includes overwhelmingly racist, xenophobic and anti-immigrant rhetoric. HuffPost has reviewed the manifesto but will not provide a link to it.
John Bash, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas says the suspect will likely be charged with “domestic terrorism,” and “coercing and intimidating a civilian population.” Additional charges like hate crimes are also on the table, given the release of the manifesto the shooter posted on a public forum before the attack. Bash says these charges may carry the death penalty. “We’re going to do what we do to terrorists in this country, which is to deliver swift and certain justice,” comments Bash.