ADL Disturbed at Missouri Mayor’s Comment That He ‘Kind of’ Agrees with White Supremacist Killer’s Views

St. Louis, MO, April 17, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is deeply disturbed that the mayor of Marionville, Missouri has publicly stated that he “kind of” agrees with the virulently anti-Semitic views of Frazier Glenn Miller, the man charged in the shooting deaths of three people outside two Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kansas.

In interviews with local media, Mayor Dan Clevenger said he once called Mr. Miller, a white supremacist, his friend and indicated that he agrees with some of his hateful anti-Semitic views.  Corporations “are running this country, and pretty much destroying us,” the mayor was quoted by Missouri’s KOLR-TV as saying.  “The industries that I talk about are run by Jews.”

Mayor Clevenger also reportedly told Springfield, Missouri’s ABC affiliate KSPR-TV that, “There some things that are going on in this country that are destroying us. We’ve got a false economy and it’s, some of those corporations are run by Jews because the names are there.  The fact that the Federal Reserve prints up phony money and freely hands it out, I think that’s completely wrong. The people that run the Federal Reserve, they’re Jewish.”

Karen Aroesty, ADL St. Louis Regional Director, issued the following statement:

We were deeply disturbed and dismayed by the comments attributed to Marionville Mayor Dan Clevenger.  His remarks play into classic anti-Semitic stereotypes about supposed Jewish greed, Jewish “control” of money and the Federal Reserve, and Jewish “control” of the government.

But whether or not he considers Miller a friend, for someone who serves as an elected representative to spew such classic anti-Semitic canards is profoundly offensive.  Such virulent expressions of anti-Semitism also call into question his ability fairly to serve as a local community leader.  This is exactly the kind of conspiratorial anti-Semitism and racism that can lead to acts of violence and intimidation against Jews.

In the aftermath of the shootings in Missouri, community leaders should be the first to speak out against anti-Semitism and to make clear that the actions of Frazier Glenn Miller are not only abhorrent and despicable, but completely unacceptable in a civil society.

Dan Clevenger stepped down as mayor after residents at a special Board of Aldermen overwhelmingly called for his resignation or impeachment. 

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.