1. Matthew Heimbach, 25, is the head of the white supremacist Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP), based in Indiana.
TWP, founded in 2015, is the political arm of the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), founded in 2013. Heimbach established both groups with Matthew Parrott, who is his father-in-law. TYN’s purpose is to recruit high school and college students to the white nationalist movement. Heimbach’s recruitment efforts for TYN have been unsuccessful and he and Parrott created the TWP with the idea of attracting white working-class families to white nationalism.
2. Heimbach has been active in various groups since 2011 when he attended Towson College in Maryland.
Before founding TYN and TWP, Heimbach created the White Student Union at Towson in 2012. Prior to that, at Towson he also headed a chapter of the Youth for Western Civilization (YWC), a now-defunct group that straddled the line between mainstream conservatism and white nationalism. During each successive attempt to establish a group, Heimbach became increasingly radical in his embrace of white supremacy. His vision, ultimately, is to create a white ethno-state.
3. Heimbach has ties to a wide range of extremists.
He is an active member of the League of the South, a neo-Confederate group. He has been a speaker at events hosted by the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a white supremacist group that emerged from the segregationist white citizens’ councils that were active in the South. He has also spoken at conferences hosted by Stormfront, the largest white supremacist Internet forum, and American Freedom Party, a white supremacist political party. Heimbach also actively builds alliances with neo-Nazis and racist skinheads.
4. A former Catholic, Heimbach is a convert to Orthodox Christianity.
He uses his own extremist version of Orthodox Christianity to promote white nationalist views. He believes that traditional religion is crucial to preserving white heritage and culture. He also sees traditionalism as a bulwark against secular humanism, multiculturalism and globalism. In April 2014, Heimbach received a public rebuke from the priest who headed the Orthodox Christian church he attended, who said that Heimbach “must cease and desist all activities…promoting racist and separationist ideologies.” Heimbach, joined by Parrott, then took a “sabbatical” from his activities. By June 2014, Heimbach had resumed his activities in the white supremacist movement.
5. Heimbach is a virulent anti-Semite and a Holocaust denier.
Heimbach was not always anti-Semitic. As a student at Towson, he initially wanted to align his YWC chapter with Jewish groups, but he has since become a hater of Jews. He has accused Jews of having “a malicious hatred of Christendom,” and alleged that Jews are responsible for the death of Christ and Christian martyrs. In 2014, Heimbach wrote, “International Jewry and the Jewish State are dedicated to subversion, manipulation, and total control over the worlds [sic] finances, media, governments, and our personal lives.” In addition, Heimbach has embraced Holocaust denial. TWP offers supporters a promotional subscription to The Barnes Review, a Holocaust denial publication.