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Press Release

ADL Issues List of Extremists and Racists Who Have Inserted Themselves into the Presidential Race

New York, NY, February 29, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued a list of racist individuals and extremist groups who have inserted themselves in the presidential campaign by supporting candidates, and has shared the information with each of the Democratic and Republican candidates for office.

“We are providing information to all of the campaigns to ensure that they steer clear of these extremists and others who promote anti-Semitism, racism and white supremacy,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO.  “It is incumbent upon all candidates for office to reject and disavow any of these groups should they endorse of express support for their campaigns.”

ADL will provide the following list, along with additional information on the KKK and hate groups in general, to each of the Democratic and Republican candidates seeking the office of the presidency, and will update the list if other extremists should come out in support for any of the candidates.  Each individual identified on this list has publicly voiced support for a presidential candidate seeking higher office: 

  • David Duke, former Klan leader and a virulent anti-Semite, has asked his supporters to back Donald Trump. Duke has been active in the white supremacist movement for more than 40 years.
  • Andrew Anglin, who runs the neo-Nazi website, the Daily Stormer. Anglin’s site is filled with virulently racist and anti-Semitic articles.
  • Lee Rogers, who runs the neo-Nazi website Infostormer. Rogers posts viciously racist and anti-Semitic articles on his site.
  • William Johnson, the head of the white supremacist American Freedom Party, has created the American National Super PAC, which has paid for a series of robocalls supporting Donald Trump for president. The calls disparage minorities and promote white nationalism.
  • Jared Taylor, who runs the white supremacist site American Renaissance. The American Renaissance site features articles that purport to demonstrate the intellectual and cultural superiority of whites.
  • Richard Spencer, the head of National Policy Institute, a small white supremacist think tank.
  • Kevin MacDonald, a notorious anti-Semite, and retired professor, has said that electing Donald Trump “may be the last chance for Whites to elect a president who represents their interests.” MacDonald is also a leader in the American Freedom Party.
  • Matthew Heimbach, a racist and anti-Semite who founded the white supremacist Traditionalist Youth Network. 
  • Rachel Pendergraft, a spokesperson for the Knights Party, a Klan group based in Arkansas says that her groups uses Trump’s candidacy as a “talking point” in feeling out potential recruits.
  • Don Black, who runs Stormfront, the largest white supremacist Internet forum.
  • Louis Farrakhan, the racist and anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam

As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, ADL takes no position on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for office.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.