In late September, neo-Nazi Robert Ransdell, a write-in candidate* for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, plans to purchase air time on a mainstream radio station in Cincinnati for seven hour-long radio programs/political ads. The programs, featuring Ransdell’s anti-Semitic and racist views, are the centerpiece of his campaign whose slogan is “With Jews We Lose.”
Ransdell declared his candidacy in May 2014 on two white supremacist Internet forums, Stormfront and Vanguard News Network. There, he also laid out his campaign strategy, which focused on the plans for the radio programs. He wrote, “I will be taking advantage of the reasonable access law which requires that registered candidates for federal office are to be permitted time on the radio.” Other white supremacists have tried this tactic before but the most recent attempt by white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller was thwarted in 2010 when the FCC said he was not a viable candidate and stations did not have to air his ads.
In his campaign announcement, Ransdell asserted that “these programs will from start to finish be open and frank discussion about Jewish power and control over our country, the truth about the negative effects of diversity and multiculturalism, as well as the need for White people to start opposing their enemies in a fashion where we can liberate ourselves from alien control and not just complain about and observe conditions getting worse.”
Ransdell has been an activist in the white supremacist world since he became a member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance (NA) in 2006. He led the now-defunct Cincinnati unit of the NA, once the largest neo-Nazi group in the country. Under the leadership of Erich Gliebe, who took over the NA in 2002, the group lost most of its supporters and ceased functioning as a membership organization.
In October 2012, Ransdell broke from the NA and went on to become a key player in the National Alliance Reform & Restoration Group (NARRG) a group opposed to Gliebe. NAARG currently has a lawsuit pending against Gliebe due to his alleged mismanagement of the group and its assets.
While with the NA, Ransdell orchestrated a number of racist and anti-Semitic incidents. In April 2012, he posted flyers at the University of Cincinnati offering a $1000 reward to any person who could get Elie Wiesel to show the tattoo that he received at Auschwitz and prove that he was a Holocaust survivor. Ransdell has shown up at other events to promote Holocaust denial.
In 2011, Ransdell distributed racist flyers in Maineville, Ohio, in response to a black youth killing his white girlfriend. The fliers read “White parents, don’t let your daughters date blacks, it might be a matter of life and death.” A few years earlier, he posted anti-Martin Luther King, Jr. flyers when a street was renamed after the civil rights leader in Covington, Kentucky.
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