Jonathan Ziegler FolksFront / Folkish Resistance Movement neo-Nazi

Meet Jonathan Ziegler of Omaha, NE. Jonathan was caught on camera placing neo-Nazi stickers on the campus of Temple Israel on April 9 2021, the day after Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Rememberance Day. In 2019, the Temple Israel cemetery was extensively damaged and it remains unsolved.

Multiple angles caught Ziegler walking his dog while vandalizing for Folksfront, the propaganda arm of the Folkish Resistance Movement, a neo-Nazi group fashioning themselves after the Nordic Resistance Movement active across Scandinavian countries including Finland where the political party is banned for being a violent threat. FRM existence mainly consists of stickers, posters, and banners with National Socialist themes of antisemitism and perceived white persecution.

The FRM website and Telegram posted photos of Omaha and Papillion stickers, and Jonathan’s dog is visible in those as well. An older photo on Facebook shows Jonny Z and his baby momma RaKay Reyes with the dog. Man’s best friend is a snitch.

Jonathan Ziegler lists Genesis Health Clubs as his employer where he is a fitness manager.

Most of Jon Ziegler’s social media has recently either deactivated or made private, except for his Venmo where he had multiple interactions with Paul Miller, a minor star in the National Socialist and Proud Boys circles. Miller is currently being held on federal weapons charges in Florida, but he previously found infamy during a New York City street brawl led by Proud Boys founder Gavin Mcinnes in 2018 in which Mcinnes brandished a sword while other Proud Boys chased and attacked people.

Tanner Matthies – neo-Nazi cattle hauler

In the southwest Nebraska town of McCook, there is a neo-Nazi cattle trucker by the name Tanner Matthies. Tanner Matthies was convicted of 1st degree assault when he drove his truck into a Perkins restaurant attempting to run over someone he was fighting with. He did 5 of his 20 year felony sentence and was released in 2018. Matthies used to drive for Hauxwell Farms in McCook and Patrick Minary in Indianola and McCook. The Hauxwells own farmland, businesses, or otherwise hold 23 properties in Red Willow County. Patrick Minary lost his parents irrigation business for non-payment of taxes sometime around 2018. Before Tanner high tailed off to Texas, his rig was registered as USDOT 560556.

Bryce Boepple; Identity Evropa white nationalist

Bryce Christopher Boepple is a Jew-hating neo-Nazi white nationalist and an Identity Evropa member that traveled in 2017 to Charlottesville, VA to participate in the deadly white supremacist ‘Unite the Right’ rally.

Bryce Boepple moved from Fargo, ND to Omaha, NE after he graduated from North Dakota State University. He currently works for Aerotek Staffing Agency as a job placement agent.  402-997-7607

Bryce Boepple posts on the Discord chat servers of Identity Evropa as BryceB-ND where he distributed flyers and organized official Identity Evropa events like the July 15, 2017 Midwest chapters group participation at the Warrior Dash competition in Tekamah, NE.

Boepple is tasked with placing precarious workers in temporary job assignments. This calls into question if he is discriminating against qualified workers getting temp assignments because he holds racist ideas.


Boepple memorialized a notorious Holocaust denier when he died of old age in 2017. Ernst Zündel was born in Germany and hid out in Canada so he could be a professional “historical revisionist” in regards to the Jewish Holocaust.


Bryce Boepple wears the black sun or sonnenrad of esoteric Nazi Germany. The same symbol was worn by the Christchurch mosque shooter on his body armor as he indiscriminately killed 49 Muslims during prayers. Boepple lifts weights at Omaha Barbell.

Boepple said “after we’ve dealt with our demographic issues, we have a long road ahead of us fixing the lifestyles of your average white male.” He also spoke supportively of Lauren Southern’s “Great Replacement”  propaganda/documentary, which was referenced at length in the manifesto of the Christchurch mosque shooter.



Boepple said in a tweet “National Socialism shatters the left-right dichotomy does it not?” This is the often cited claim that because nazis had “socialism” in their party name that they were a synthesis of nationalism and socialism.

Boepple retweets neo-Nazis quoting Hitler’s book Mein Kampf and photos of the Third Reich, and he curated a YouTube playlist of Nazi speeches and songs. He is proficient in German and believes that makes him the ubermensch Aryan neo-Nazi.

Bryce Boepple rationalized anyone could have made the same decision James Alex Fields made on August 12, 2017 when he purposely drove his Dodge Charger into a crowd of counterprotesters. Fields was found guilty of Heather Heyer’s murder.

Identity Evropa claims it is not like the other violent white nationalist groups because they don’t fly a swastika, but the current leader Patrick Casey has “retired” Identity Evropa the same weekend that independent non-profit investigative journalists Unicorn Riot exposed their chats showing the same toxic and violent sentiments as any other active white nationalist or white separatist group. Identity Evropa has rebranded as “American Identity Movement,” because it was “held down by baggage accumulated before my tenure,” Casey told The new group, according to a news release this week, is focused on “defending America against globalism.”

Casey didn’t elaborate on the “baggage” that ended Identity Evropa, but the group’s members were prominently featured at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, and the organization has been named as a defendant in Sines v. Kessler, an ongoing federal lawsuit alleging the group and others conspired to commit crimes of bias and racial hatred at the 2017 rally.

Bryce Boepple was partially exposed while he still lived in North Dakota by a pro-Israeli group that also tracks Palestinian college campus activists, and for that reason we will not link to them.

However, Bryce Boepple in response to their work says “You cant talk your way through a dox. Leftists and Jewish websites will seek to ruin your reputation and stifle your employment opportunities.”

The solution to that problem is don’t be a neo-Nazi and people won’t try to expose your genocidal ideas and violent behavior, Bryce.

Bragging about his white supremacist propaganda flyers making it into the NDSU student newspaper.



Bennett Bressman; Nebraska Governor’s Field Director

Bennett Bressman likes to “name the Jew” in white nationalist chatrooms. That’s a problem for Nebraska’s Jewish population because he’s the Statewide Field Director for Nebraska’s billionaire governor Pete Ricketts. Bressman, a  UNL student, leads a team of twenty-four interns operating Rickett’s phone banking, neighborhood canvassing, answering constituent questions, yard sign supply-chain management and the distribution of campaign literature.

Bennett Bressman posted online as “bress222” in the leaked private chats for fans of the white nationalist YouTube show America First hosted by Nicholas J Fuentes. Bressman expressed extremely racist, antisemitic, homophobic, and violent sentiments throughout his more than 3000 comments, some of which is posted below. Bressman also dropped enough clues to his identity and employer, including photographic evidence, for Antifascist Action Nebraska to positively confirm his identity. His comments can be read, verified, and searched in full on Unicorn Riot

Governor Pete Ricketts and Kenny Zoeller, executive director of the Nebraska Republican Party, need to take swift and decisive action in the face of this hate so prevalent in leadership roles. Hate doesn’t exist in isolation and Bressman isn’t an outlier. This hateful behavior is encouraged and rewarded through systematic white supremacist ideology. The only acceptable course of action is for Governor Ricketts to fire everyone on his staff, repatriate this land to the indigenous people it was stolen from, then resign in disgrace.

[UPDATE 3/12/19]

Ricketts claims Bressman left his staff in December 2018 and is no longer in contact with the office, but Lincoln Star-Journal noted he was at a March 1 2019 Lincoln-Reagan luncheon as an anti-marijuana lobbyist. Bressman told LSJ he posted on his own time out of the office. His own words contradict him.

Messages shared on the gaming chat platform Discord were obtained by independent media collective Unicorn Riot in their ongoing investigations of the far right. The leaked chats, available in full on the Discord Leaks platform, provide an intensive look at the behind-the-scenes workings of Identity Evropa, perhaps the most active fascist group in the United States.

Two Discord chat servers associated with Identity Evropa – ‘Nationalist Review‘ and ‘Nick Fuentes Server‘ – hosted months of chats for fans of podcasts and videos produced by James Allsup and Nick Fuentes. Allsup and Fuentes, both white nationalist YouTubers and involved with Identity Evropa attended the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA in 2017 where James Alex Fields drove his car into a crowd, killing Heyer Heyer and injuring dozens.

Nicholas Fuentes was recently invited (then disinvited) to speak at Iowa State University by Turning Point USA and the school’s College Republicans. According to the Des Moines Register, Fuentes still appeared on campus but students opposing him successfully cut his unwelcomed visit short.

Bennett Bressman was one of the most active members of the ‘Nick Fuentes Server’ until it was deleted by Discord shortly after the ISU visit for “incitement to violence,” according to a tweet by Fuentes.

Bennett Bressman described his Nebraska GOP job twice as “state wide field director for governor.”

“bress22” posted a photo at a ‘Need to Impeach’ campaign tour stop hosted by billionaire Democrat donor Tom Steyer. The tour schedule placed him in Omaha on June 21, 2018. The next day “bress22” posted two photos and said “the news captured me at the impeach blumpf event.” He helpfully circled and pointed a large red arrow at himself. The Omaha Fox 42 news footage of the event matched the photos he posted in the chat server.

A simple search of “Ricketts State Field Director” directs to Bennett Bressman’s LinkedIn profile and news articles citing him as the State Field Director for Ricketts. He also posted the same selfie to Nick Fuentes Server and his Instagram bressman402.

Bressman posted a screenshot of a text from his boss, Kenny Zoeller, asking him to delete a tweet critical of Israel. Like his Republican contemporaries, most of Bressman’s attention is occupied by Israel and the conflation that it represents all Jews, so we will highlight his thoughts there first.

Bressman’s comments are organized here by topic. We have sectioned his thoughts on Jews, the Holocaust, on political and personal violence against black activists, LGBT parades and journalists. Following this, his thoughts on race and immigration, and finally his ideas on current policies and the future political gains of fascism.

Bressman on Jews

He still likes conservative radio host Michael Savage “even though he’s a jew”

The (((echos))) reference is an antisemitic meme started by white nationalist UNO student Cooper Ward on The Daily Shoah podcast as an audio effect to emphasize a Jewish name. In text it is shown with triple parentheses. Bressman used this meme to describe Ari Kohen, his American Revolution professor at UNL.

Two other antisemitic tropes we’ve covered before, the first called “the Merchant” which is an illustration of a nefarious Jewish man rubbing his hands together. The other is a conspiracy theory about Jewish influence, such as global control of banking and Hollywood, or the promotion of vices like alcoholism. Bressman is using the antisemitic conspiracy language of “naming the Jew” in which this influence must be explicitly pointed out to non-Jewish people. Bressman names Hollywood “the visual Jew” and alcohol “the liquid Jew” in the following comments.

Bressman watched a 2005 YouTube “documentary” based on a debunked text from 1903 that claimed to outline the plan for Jewish domination. Neo-Nazis have used this text to both justify and deny the Holocaust, and prove all antisemitic attacks are self-defense. The Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue shooter believes he was acting in defense.

Bressman on the Holocaust 

Bressman on political violence

Bressman admits he would purposefully and maliciously drive into a Black Lives Matter protest in his white 2009 Daytona Charger with black trim.

Bressman confesses to committing a hate crime at an LGBT rally for which he was never held responsible, and says he would do it again.

Bressman trying to work up the courage to yell at homeless people from his car.

Bressman’s casual endorsements of genocide.

Bressman says the only meme he ever made was about Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas mass shooter, seen on security cameras carrying two large bags believed to contain the guns he used. The bags are labeled “crime statistics” and “bell curves” in reference to Charles Murray’s book that claimed there is a correlation between race and intelligence.

Bressman on Race and Immigration 

The Department of Homeland Security released a memo that had striking similarities to a neo-Nazi slogan referred to as the 14 Words. Bressman suggests he would vandalize an immigration law office with this DHS memo.

Bressman dropping hard N-bombs with both soft and hard Rs.

Bressman seems to believe the same “declining birth rates is white genocide” meme that Iowa representative Steve King has claimed repeatedly to white nationalist publications.

He also parrots old and unproven claims that immigrants and refugees are dirty, they live on welfare, and refuse to learn the culture.

Bressman on current policies and the future political gains of fascism.

The hardline immigration bill by Bob Goodlatte of Virginia was defeated twice in committee. But it should be disturbing that a governor is having private brunches with 21 year old fascists and is one of 50 governors advising the president on policy.


Dan Kleve update (ATTN Florida)

We identified Dan Kleve as a member of Vanguard America shortly before the Unite the Right rally in 2017, (and a year later as a member of Identity Evropa). We saw his violent attacks while in Charlottesville and his Facebook posts of guns and neo-Nazi literature, so we asked the University of Nebraska-Lincoln if they felt comfortable having a student representing them in such a violent and public manner, and if they felt the campus was safe by allowing him to return for the fall semester. UNL unequivocally said yes, having a violent, armed neo-Nazi on campus isn’t an issue for them.

Dan Kleve continued his public neo-Nazi propaganda campaigns for Vanguard, for Daily Stormer, for Identity Evropa, and his own group Alt Right Nebraska where he was part of a six person flash demo at the unoccupied state building. Along with his flyering and vandalizing, and either direct involvement with or the orchestration of racist harassment of recipients of a church food bank in Lincoln, Kleve also appeared on podcasts and livestreams. In January 2018, Dan Kleve appeared in a Google Hangouts livestream for Identity Dixie’s Blake Lucca. In the two hour chat, Kleve talked about the time he wanted to shoot and kill a black coworker, and how he loves violence. Again we asked if this new information warrants any action from UNL. Again UNL looked away. In February 2018, he was flown out to New Jersey by the hosts of The Daily Shoah podcast to be a guest of honor at TRStlemania, a secret annual live taping of TDS.

At the same time, UNL student athletes headed to the NCAA basketball playoffs used their collective public platform to call attention to what their university was refusing to acknowledge. The Huskers basketball team began the “Hate Will Never Win” campaign on February 10. They made tshirts for the men’s and women’s teams to wear during warm-ups. It was covered by ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Big 10 Network, CBS Sports, USA Today, Business Insider, Yahoo! Sports and others.

Suddenly the University was in full support of the student campaign. A rally was held at the Coliseum and over 1500 students attended.

Newsweek published an extended profile of Dan Kleve and two other neo-Nazi students at other universities on February 13 2018.

Kleve mentioned on his Facebook that people mean-mugged him in the gym and he felt it was unfair that he, the proud neo-Nazi, was now scared and needed a private gym membership.

People that had classes with Kleve started talking about how he wasn’t showing up and that made them just as nervous as when he was in class. This fear was made worse when on March 6, a student was charged with a felony for carrying a gun in his backpack on campus, and the bigger realization that the school invites students and staff to use free on-site gun lockers.

Where is Dan Kleve now?

Well, he isn’t a UNL student and hasn’t been since the end of the Spring 2018 semester. He currently lives with Haley Copeland (Zdravich) in her disabled mother’s spare room in Sebring, Florida.

Haley Copeland and Dan Kleve were featured together in a previous Newsweek article when they harassed a Sunday church congregation on behalf of Identity Evropa in Antioch, Tennesse during the series of failed “White Lives Matter” rallies in October 28-30 2017. The church was the site of a mass shooting a month prior by a Sudanese man. Eli Mosley, leader of Identity Evropa at the time, denied when asked by Newsweek if it was an Identity Evropa event. Kleve became a dues-paying member of IE earlier that week.

Haley spoke to Newsweek using the name Leah. She has a lot of names. Haley Olivia, Haley Zdravich and Haley Copeland.

“This is not something that should be forgotten,” Leah said to Newsweek about the mass shooting that was allegedly perpetrated by Samson. “I’m here for the interests of our people and our country.”

Kleve and Copeland attended multiple other rallies together including Unite the Right August 11 torch rally and August 12 march.

Copeland’s mother was disabled in a work accident and can no longer do the heavy lifting required of a nurse, and she has roof damage that she cannot pay to repair. It probably doesn’t help that her daughter’s dropout neo-Nazi boyfriend moved in to hide from the scary antifa basketball team.

David Pringle, Lincoln neo-Nazi gunsmith

David Martin Pringle is the lead gunsmith and social media face for Discount Enterprise Guns, dba Firearms Sales & Service at 252 North 134th in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also operates Nebraska Laser Engraving at the same location.

UPDATE August 13 2018: NFOA relocates their annual meeting after learning of David Pringle, the neo-Nazi gunsmith at DE Guns in Lincoln.


David is also a long-time member and Chief of Staff for National Alliance, a neo-Nazi organization started in 1974 and linked to robberies, murders, and bombings, including the Oklahoma City bombing by Timothy McVeigh.

David Pringle and David Duke, 2016

In 2003 the SPLC listed David at 24 out of 40 leaders to watch on the extreme right, saying, “Although Pringle’s father holds a Stanford Ph.D. and reportedly worked in weapons research for the Department of Defense, Pringle never went to college and instead joined the Army in 1988, at the age of 19. He says his visceral hatred of Jews developed when, on a mission in the Middle East, his unit brought a severely burned Bedouin boy to an Israeli hospital that refused to treat him.”

In 2002, at the age of 33 David Pringle led the Alaska chapter of the largest neo-Nazi organization of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. But first, what is the National Alliance?

National Alliance formed in 1974 by William Luther Pierce. Pierce had a doctorate in physics and in 1966 he quit a senior research position to work full-time as a publisher in George Lincoln Rockwell’s American Nazi Party until Rockwell was killed by a party member in 1967. Pierce then joined the Youth for Wallace group for segregationist George Wallace’s 1968 presidential campaign. After Wallace lost, the youth campaign continued for four years under the name National Youth Alliance with Pierce taking control and asserting a neo-Nazi platform, renaming the group National Alliance in 1974.

The Turner Diaries, written under a pseudonym and self-published in 1978 by Pierce’s National Alliance, has fueled some of the last three decades’ most infamous outbreaks of extremist violence, including Timothy McVeigh’s bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

The book’s protagonist Earl Turner carries out orders for the Organization, an underground group struggling against the System, described as “an anti-white, anti-gun U.S. government that continually puts more restrictions on its citizens.” In the violent work of fiction, Turner and his militias kill Jewish shop owners and a Washington Post reporter before Turner flies a small plane with explosives into the Pentagon.

The Pacific Northwest Coordinator of National Alliance, Bob Mathews organized a real-life group called The Order, based on Pierce’s fictional one, in which they committed a series of actual armored truck robberies to help fund land purchases for National Alliance, and in 1984 two members of Mathews’ Order assassinated the Jewish attorney and radio talk show host Alan Berg in his Denver, Colorado driveway.

The book received larger attention in 1995, when pages were found in McVeigh’s car after his bombing that killed 168 people in Oklahoma City. McVeigh sold copies of Pierce’s book at gun shows across the country before detonating his truck bomb.

Pierce was savvy enough to not publicly revel in the news that his white separatist genocidal propaganda did exactly what he intended it to do, although he did sign his real name to the novel in later print and audio editions. Book sales went up, donations went up and he began using the money and notoriety to grow National Alliance into the largest neo-Nazi organization in North America with a conservative estimate of 1500 members in the U.S. and Canada making it larger in size and scope than his mentor’s American Nazi Party.

In the wake of William Pierce’s unexpected death in 2002, there was a contentious shakeup in leadership.

David Pringle, then a state chapter leader, was chosen to replace the national Membership Coordinator by the newly elected chairman Erich Gliebe, placing Pringle as his second-in-command.

Gliebe ran the Alliance’s record label, which in the late 1990s heyday of hate-rock was the most profitable of their ventures. One of the record label’s national socialist black metal musicians, Hendrik Möbus lived at the NA compound until he was arrested on an international warrant for murder in Germany. Pringle was the Alliance’s mouthpiece. In the Bulletin newsletters and press statements he called his predecessor, Billy Roper, brash and stupid. After the sudden firing, Roper subsequently pulled hundreds of members from National Alliance and started his own Arkansas neo-Nazi group. Roper, a former teacher was sought out and hired by Pierce and was part of what they considered to be an intellectual inner circle.

Gliebe and Pringle toured the country meeting with NA chapters to introduce themselves, provide training, and explain their vision of how to continue growing the Alliance.

Their plans saw quick backlash though as Gliebe was derided as un-Christian for dating a former Playboy model, and Pringle spoke plainly about his hate and didn’t couch it in palatable, neutral terms the press would print sympathetically.

Pringle said in a mass internal email that he believed Timothy McVeigh “should have a monument erected in his honor.” He went on: “I don’t feel any sympathy for the families of the 168, not the children, not the secretaries and definitely not the federal pigs.” The backlash wasn’t that other members disagreed with the sentiment to memorialize McVeigh, it was that by saying it in an official capacity would attract federal scrutiny.

David Pringle resigned in protest after two years as the Membership Coordinator in August of 2004 due to a complaint about mismanagement of business funds by the Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. In April 2005, an attempted coup against Gliebe caused the firing of Kevin Strom, the editor of the NA’s magazine and host of its radio show. Strom, Pringle and many other dissenting members formed National Vanguard, which continued selling neo-Nazi and “race science” books and magazines, including Pierce’s The Turner Diaries. For nearly a decade, the NA and NV were locked in civil litigations until 2014 when Erich Gliebe resigned and handed control over to Will Williams. This allowed for the reunification of the two group’s businesses and properties. The book store, record label, and Pringle’s gun manufacturing shop could all be reunited on the same 346-acre plot on top of a mountain in West Virginia.

Pringle made many visits to the compound during the Alliance/Vanguard split. He kept a foot in each camp as a kind of cypher. He entertained camp with songs in 2010.  He hosted David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the KKK in 2016.

Pringle on guitar with federal ex-convict Chester Doles in the SS tank top.

In 2016, Pringle took on the Chief of Staff role, which included moving to the Mill Point, WV compound to secure the land and evict the small group claiming ownership.

“Chairman Williams asked me come here and secure the place. So I resigned from my very good job, working for people that I genuinely like and respect professionally and personally, to stop the trespassing and begin to repair the buildings, infrastructure, and get it ready for staff to return as we need them. And that is what I am doing.”

As Chief of Staff, Pringle maintained the land, worked with West Virginia state police to evict the holdover Gliebe-era residents, fulfill orders from book and music sales, host events, and build a gunsmithing shop Pringle named Disciple Machine and Precision. Pringle being a “Disciple” of Pierce’s tax-dodge attempt at a religion called Cosmotheology. The IRS denied the religious claim, and taxes for 346 acres are not likely cheap.

With fewer dues paying members and an inability to keep current in hate music, the once profitable media empire turned to crowdfunding on Hatreon, the Patreon alternative for racists. Pringle was begging for cash to “rebuild National Alliance” to his 98 followers on Twitter in November 2017

Ironic, when he tweeted this two weeks after the Unite the Right 2017. “If you belong to a political movement with no hammer … Better get used to being nailed. Over and over and over.”

Pringle planned to attend the deadly Unite the Right rally on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, but had broken his leg at the start of August. Which will fall apart faster, a rapidly aging neo-Nazi or his organization?

Pringle also has ties the Bundy Ranch and Arizona border militias. He attended a memorial service for one of the 2016 Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupiers Robert “LaVoy” Finicum held at Cliven Bundy Ranch. Finicum was shot while evading arrest after escaping an armed standoff with federal authorities. Reports say he attempted to draw his gun after yelling for cops to shoot him.

In 2014, Pringle was living in Yuma, Arizona and had ingratiated himself in militia border patrols that slash water bottles and act as heavily armed hall monitors.

Long-time federal informant, National Alliance New Jersey member and internet radio show host Hal Turner was purged from the group for calling on Gliebe to step down in 2005. In a 2009 trial where Turner was a witness, it was revealed that Turner had been an FBI informant for many years. Turner’s lawyer said, “I don’t think he was a racist. He was doing a lot of those things at the behest of the FBI.”

Taylor Michael Wilson, armed Missouri neo-Nazi Amtrak attacker

Taylor Michael Wilson, 26, of St. Charles, Missouri was arrested in Furnas County, Nebraska, on October 22 after pulling the emergency stop and attempting to derail an eastbound Amtrak train near Oxford, Nebraska. Wilson was armed with multiple handguns when he entered the train’s engine room and began “playing with the controls” in the engineer’s seat. Wilson reportedly shouted “I’m the conductor now, bitch” when confronted by Amtrak staff.

When arrested, aside from multiple handguns and a backpack full of knives, tools and a gas mask, Wilson also had business cards from the Michigan-based neo-Nazi National-Socialist Movement, and the Alabama-based Covenant Nation Church, whose gospel claims Jewish people are devils and that the “Lost Tribes of Israel” are white Americans. The Christian Nationalist movement is tied to assassinations of doctors that perform abortions, clinic bombings, racially-motivated attacks, and the Sovereign Citizen and Patriot militia movements. Wilson’s cousin and roommate is quoted in the affidavit as saying Wilson expressed desire to kill black people and he went to Charlottesville, VA with “alt-right Neo-Nazis”, and that the group was responsible for putting up “Whites Only” signs in restaurants around St Louis.

According to the affidavit, a search of Wilson’s cell phone turned up photos and video of a banner that matches this banner tweeted by @AltRightSTL on August 9th, it was also tweeted with an Identity Evropa hashtag by a now-suspended account named “Fashy_Positivity” / @JohnathonMcste1. This account not only claimed to be in Charlottesville with Identity Evropa, and that “racist skinheads” hijacked the march, but it stopped tweeting the day before Wilson’s arrest.

On July 7 2018, in Lincoln, NE federal court, Wilson will formally change his plea to guilty. His attorney Jerry Sena told reporters this plea will keep the case from going to trial, as he and the Nebraska Attorney General’s office work on a plea deal, which will allow Wilson to face a lesser set of charges. Wilson was initially charged in Nebraska with “felony criminal mischief” and use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and later released on 10% of a $100,000 bond, listing his parent’s St Charles home at 3208 Lightfoot Drive as his address.

His parents originally attested that Taylor lived with his cousin but they didn’t know where. It was later discovered Taylor and his cousin Andrew Olney lived in a home owned by Taylor’s parents.

Wilson was charged in Nebraska federal court with “terrorism attacks and other violence against railroad carriers and against mass transportation systems.” Wilson was again arrested on December 23 2017, when his home was searched after Olney spoke with the feds, and a false wall was discovered behind a refrigerator containing more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, “white supremacy documents and paperwork,” handmade shields, tactical vest, gunpowder, drum-style ammunition magazine for a rifle, and a “pressure plate” that was described as a device commonly used to construct an improvised explosive device. Wilson’s father turned over body armor and 15 rifles and pistols that belonged to his son, two of which carry separate charges. An unregistered automatic rifle, 7.62x25mm Tokarev PPS43-C and the other being an unregistered short-barrelled rifle which is really a 9mm Scorpion EVO 3 with a stock attached.

The Scorpion manufacturer says attaching a stock or something intended to be used as a stock to the pistol “constitutes the making of a short-barreled rifle which requires registration with ATF.”

The false wall was described as well-concealed with trim intact. Here is an earlier photo from a realty website listed as the same address for Taylor Wilson and Andrew Olney in the affidavit, 210 Reservoir Ave, the home owned by Michael D and Ann S Wilson. The home they claimed to not know their son or nephew were living in before Wilson’s arrest. Olney attested that the two moved in to the home in June 2017.

Taylor, left, in an untucked adobe button-up, was photographed at an anti-Muslim hate rally organized by the hate group Act for America on June 10, 2017 in St Charles. (Photo credit: Heather De Mian / @MissJupiter1957) Act for America is intertwined with top-level US government officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. The president of Act for America brags about her “direct line” to Trump in fundraising emails.

Kansas Christian Nationalists on Trial in Crusader Militia Bomb Plot

Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen are charged with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy against civil rights. Stein also faces a weapons-related charge and Wright has an additional charge of lying to the FBI. The three militia members are accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex primarily housing Somali refugees and immigrants in the southwest Kansas town of Garden City. The three Boomer generation white men, who were indicted in October 2016, have pleaded not guilty.

Their plan was to detonate bombs at the residential complex and open fire on survivors on November 9th 2016, one day after the US presidential election.

The Garden City apartment complex had about 120 residents at the time of the plot, and that one of the units was allocated for use as a mosque for residents, many of whom worked in the slaughterhouse and meat packing plants in Garden City and Liberal, in what is referred to as the ‘meatpacking triangle’ of Kansas. Packinghouses in the U.S. have relied on the underpaid labor of immigrants for generations.

Wright, Stein, and Allen plotted their murders in an old and rusty half-cylindrical Quonset hut in Wright, KS, a few miles from Dodge City. It is claimed the three were members of the Crusaders Militia and had stockpiled weapons and ammo in Wright, with explosives in Liberal, about 90 miles away. The Crusaders Militia takes its name from the medieval Catholic Crusades of the Holy Roman Empire. Modern references put heavy emphasis of how the crusaders slaughtered Muslims in the name of the Catholic church. Members of the Crusaders Militia referred to Somalia Muslims as an “invading horde,” an “infestation,” and “cockroaches” and casually used the N-word. In jury selection on March 20th, 2018, the defense dismissed prospective jurors if they had objections to racist language. That’s a good method for stacking a jury with racists to find other racists innocent of planning racially and religiously motivated mass murder.

Defense attorneys argued the case is “uniquely political” because much of the anticipated evidence is in reaction to the 2016 presidential election. They contended the case will require jurors to weigh evidence regarding whether the alleged conduct constitutes the crimes charged, or whether it is constitutionally protected speech and assembly and implicates the right to bear arms.

The defense attorneys are trying to claim attempts at a localized genocide as justified action because three white men had to endure the existence of people that didn’t look like themselves in a 100-mile radius. This is the basis of the “white genocide” myth which props up attempts at white ethnostates.

Since the arrests of the Crusader Militia, approximately 200 Somalis from Liberal have moved north to Garden City to show the community they are not threatened by Christian nationalists.

Omaha slumlords, Sovereign Citizens and Christian Nationalists

A self-described “free inhabitant,” Paul John Hansen represents himself in court, signing legal documents “Lawyer / Counsel without the United States.” (2011 Photo by Bill Kelly, NET News)




“He doesn’t have a driver’s license. He lives in Omaha and owns his vehicle. Paul Hansen doesn’t register it with Douglas County. If stopped for a traffic violation he’ll explain to the police officer that he “doesn’t use one.” His next step is to ask if the officer has “any evidence this land is owned by the United States of America. Do you understand that if you issue me a ticket you will be on the witness stand and you will have to produce that evidence?”” writes KVNO News in 2011 on Paul Hansen’s rising prominence in Christian nationalist and anti-tax circles. Hansen was indicted on federal mail fraud in 2014 linked to a Florida man convicted in 2006 of tax evasion and fraud by means of concealing wealth in churches.

Hansen owns multiple rundown rental properties in north Omaha that he refuses to make basic repairs on, or pay the applicable property taxes. In the last decade at least two of his properties were condemned and torn down by order of the city of Omaha. Residents point out water heaters with thick rust, non-working toilets, and doors without locks which were jammed shut with steak knives as the only means of security. One former tenant signed over their Social Security Insurance checks to cover rent, a predatory act in which Hansen was later sued for in federal court. Hansen is a slumlord and a right-wing ideologue exploiting low-income people for profit. Hansen isn’t an anomaly either. In Atlanta, a wealthy group of well-known white nationalists run a “gentrification gang” as Atlanta anti-fascists call them.

In Omaha, Hansen is a familiar figure in the Douglas County courthouse because he routinely ignores or challenges citations for building code violations on his rental properties. The Nebraska Supreme Court issued an injunction in 2014 for him to stop practicing unlicensed law, and he’s been spotted at the courthouse twice already in 2018, according to tips sent to the email.

Broadly, Hansen calls himself a “free inhabitant” or a sovereign citizen, a far-right movement often found overlapping with white separatist militia movements and Christian doomsday cults.

More specifically, Paul Hansen personally does not believe most U.S. laws apply to him based on his religion and interpretations of constitutional law, and obscure 18th-century Ordinances. Cops and court officials come into contact with these people most commonly in forms of protesting vehicle registration laws, traffic and permit citations, or the filing of civil suits and property liens.

It was a series of property liens Hansen fraudulently filed that eventually got him 18 months in federal prison on two accounts of contempt of court; the larger federal mail fraud charges resulted in a hung jury and the retrial was dismissed without prejudice. Hansen filed the false lien claims in an attempt to prevent the federal seizure of property held by Kent Hovind, the convicted Florida preacher that operated an anti-evolution theme park/church called Dinosaur Adventure Land, “a place where dinosaurs and the Bible meet.” Hovind made Hansen a trustee of his church, Creation Science Evangelism, that believes in a literal interpretation of the Bible which says Earth was made in seven days roughly 6000 years ago. The two of them exchanged letters while Hovind was incarcerated and conspired to obstruct the seizing of land by way of falsified document. The pair obviously did not understand jail mail is not confidential.

Hansen is not the first or only sovereign citizen in Nebraska. In fact, the 1980s were a boom time for the movement. Civic libertarian tax-protesters and heavily armed white separatist militias cropped up all over.

In Cairo, Nebraska in 1984, Arthur Kirk, a farmer with sympathies for a local sovereign militia was killed in a gun fight with SWAT after threatening county sheriffs trying to serve legal papers from a bank. He died behind a sandbag barricade with a modified fully automatic AR-15, wearing a gas mask, a steel helmet, and his face painted in night camouflage. The local bank alleged he made hundreds of thousands of dollars in unaccounted livestock sales.

The Posse Comitatus was a right-wing extremist group started by a neo-Nazi in Portland, Oregon with over two dozen chapters in the U.S., one being an 80-acre armed compound near Rulo, Nebraska that housed a doomsday prepper death-cult led by Michael Ryan. The Posse Comitatus supported Arthur Kirk’s fight against the tyranny of the banks and police. Posse Comitatus claimed the true intent of the country’s founders was to establish a Christian republic where the individual was sovereign, and that the Republic’s first duty was to promote, safeguard, and protect the Christian faith. They saw farmers as the victims of a Jewish-led, communist-supported conspiracy that had infiltrated the government. They thought the conspiracy would rob the farmer of his land through manipulation of land values, grain prices and credit. Once they controlled the land, Posse Comitatus thought it would control the food supply too. In Rulo, Michael Ryan proceeded over polygamist weddings, thefts of farm equipment, and carried out ritual torture, bestiality, and murder. He died in 2015 of natural causes while serving a commuted death row sentence for the grisly murders of a 5-year-old boy and 26-year-old man living on the farm. Michael Ryan was an embodiment of the white Sharia meme thirty years early.

In 2015, Donna Marie Kozak, a sovereign citizen living in the Omaha suburb of La Vista, Nebraska was convicted in federal court of tax evasion, tax fraud, and filing false liens on properties owned by a federal judge, U.S. district attorneys, IRS investigators, and for sending harassing messages to IRS agents. Kozak was essentially trolling federal agents in retaliation for her initial tax evasion arrest.

To authorities, this form of trolling protest –filing fraudulent tax returns or falsifying documents to obstruct the collection of property taxes or property seizure, or filing civil lawsuits for petty reasons– is called “paper terrorism” to add extra weight on what is otherwise just the gaming of a bureaucracy for fun and profit.









Sovereigns have manufactured their own license plates and identification cards indicating they are citizens of a self-proclaimed “republic,” and have even created otherwise fictional Native American tribes, or claimed non-existent enrollment with real tribes. One high profile example is the former Pussycat Dolls singer Kaya Jones, as she claimed generational Apache enrollment. The blonde Canadian pop singer claimed the “Indigenous” seat on the privately-funded National Diversity Coalition for Trump. These claims all fall apart under minimal scrutiny, but to the traffic cop’s first glance, the counterfeit plates and documents often appear legitimate.

The feds and the ADL consider the Sovereign Citizen movement as a potential source of “domestic terrorism.” The ADL lists sovereigns as an extremist group willing to use vigilante courts to “wage war against the government using ‘paper terrorism’ to intimidate government officials.”

Hansen says to KVNO News, “my view is there are no written laws in place to govern free inhabitants. There’s the jury of twelve and there’s God’s word,” he explained.

The ‘jury of twelve’ often referred to is a commonlaw jury convened by ‘free citizens’ rather than by a court system put in place by federal and state law.

Since the day before Hansen’s sentencing in 2015, and up to and beyond their release from prison, Hansen and Hovind have discussed on Youtube and on t heir respective blogs about convening such a court to hold their perceived enemies in the IRS responsible for putting them in jail. They want to exact revenge. By the power of whatever bizarre bureaucratic oversight god, Hansen and Hovind actually shared a cell for three months when their sentences overlapped.

Whenever he can get away with it, Hansen does not pay federal income or local property taxes. Sales taxes are trickier, since they are added to the cost of a purchase, but Hansen says he has convinced some retailers he qualifies as being exempt for paying them on some big ticket items.

Every one of his challenges to local, state and federal law rise from a set of complex political beliefs built on a complex interpretation of the Ordinance of the Northwest Territory of 1787 and the Articles of Confederation ratified by the original thirteen colonies in 1781.

“Article four in the Articles of the Confederation gives you two choices,” he explained during a lengthy conversation. “You can live your life as a free inhabitant or as a citizen. Now the word citizen means subject. So the moment I step on US land I become a US citizen, a US subject. The moment you step on my land you become my subject.” Hansen goes into much greater detail on his website. Hansen also consults and sells his self-developed legal philosophies, in spite of that Supreme Court injunction meant to stop him from doing so.

Sovereign citizens are the Boomer antecedent to Reddit “anarcho” capitalists. They take anarchist ideas against authority and add a self-excluding addendum that allows them to be exclusionary, coercive, abusive, patriarchal, violent, selfish children. “No gods, no masters” becomes “My way or the toll highway.”


Daniel Kleve: Nebraska White Supremacist Who Praises Violence Poses Unique Challenges to Campus Free Speech

REPOST NEWSWEEK Michael Edison Hayden On 2/13/18 at 12:16 PM
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) receives messages and phones calls about Daniel Kleve all the time these days. The 23-year-old undergraduate biochemistry major is a white supremacist who is overtly racist and dangerous, his classmates say. They don’t want to share classes with him, they don’t want to bump into him in a dining hall—they don’t want to see the tawny-haired man on campus ever again.

Antifascist Action Nebraska, a local group that has developed a national reputation among activists for the relentlessness with which it tracks the movements of white supremacists, published a video of Kleve speaking with other extremists on Google Hangout, and it went viral last week, further inflaming the sense of outrage about him.

“Just because I dress like a normie—a regular person—doesn’t mean I don’t love violence,” Kleve said to a group of peers regarding his ambitions as a white supremacist. “Trust me. I want to be violent. Trust me. Really violent.”

Kleve, who is fond of posting selfies with guns to social media, also said that “now is not the right time” for violence, and he has argued that the edited video took his words out of context—but the language spoke for itself to students who were already concerned about him and his demonstrable connections to neo-Nazi groups. Hundreds of students demanding Kleve’s expulsion gathered on campus grounds to stage a protest on Wednesday of last week, adding a physical presence to what was already a sustained campaign of activism.

The question about what to do with the increasingly isolated Kleve is emblematic of a larger issue facing colleges across the country. Even though the era of so-called alt-right politics that arose during the populist campaign of Donald Trump has shown signs of fracturing, it has emboldened a small but not insignificant number of young, white men to come forward with white supremacist or neo-Nazi beliefs. As this is happening, women, minorities and other communities that are threatened by the political goals of such men are becoming more sensitive to their presence, and demanding that schools take action to protect them. Young white supremacists were tied to a number of murders last year, further complicating the issue. The situation is a complex one, and it poses challenges to both administrators and to advocates of free speech.

Samantha Harris, a researcher with Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), told Newsweek that the question of whether to expel an extremist like Kleve is typically drawn along one line: All political beliefs should be tolerated in academia, but “actual harassment is not protected speech.” By “actual harassment,” Harris said she meant anything that prohibits someone from receiving a normal education.

In the case of Kleve, the university told Newsweek it was not clear he had made any threats against a specific student or students. But his classmates have told Newsweek that Kleve made them feel uneasy because they believed him to be capable of unleashing violence at any time. Additionally, Calvin Scott, 19, Kleve’s former roommate at an off-campus housing facility, and Scott’s friend, Jackie Schneider, 20, told Newsweek that Kleve made violent threats against people of color—generally and also about specific individuals. Both Scott and Schneider are people of color themselves, but neither of them are UNL students. Kleve has denied making such threats. UNL campus police told Newsweek that Kleve currently represented an active investigation, but declined to elaborate any further about what it entailed.

The issue is tricky for UNL to navigate for reasons beyond the obvious. Politicians in the Republican-dominated state have been fiercely critical of the school for what they perceive to be its mistreatment of conservatives. The state is currently reviewing a bill surrounding campus free speech, for example, one of several similar measures being examined throughout the country. The Nebraska measure, Legislative Bill 718, introduced by state Senator Steve Halloran of Hastings, would force schools like UNL to create a “Committee on Free Expression” to provide an annual incident report to state residents about free speech matters. Critics say the bill, which was issued in response to a graduate student and lecturer who gave the finger to a student who was recruiting for a conservative group, is intended to amplify only voices of Republican students on campus. In response to the incident, UNL will not renew a contract to teach issued to the graduate student who made the gesture.

In addition to this, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents has adopted its own policies to delineate areas where certain kinds of speech are permissible on campus. “When people want to censor viewpoints that people don’t like, universities have to step in and protect free speech,” Harris of FIRE argued to Newsweek, referring to both right- and left-leaning viewpoints. FIRE has defended not only conservative viewpoints on campus, but wrote a letter criticizing UNL for the way it treated the graduate student and lecturer caught up in the scandal.

Adding to UNL’s headache with Kleve is that Nebraska is a racially homogenous state. It’s nearly 90% white, according to census data. UNL said it has worked to strengthen diversity on campus, and boasted an enrollment of 3,173 minority undergraduate students in 2017, or 15.1 percent of the undergraduate total. It might not seem like very much compared to other state schools in the country, but it represents the most diverse student body in the university’s 149-year history. The growing scandal surrounding Kleve—who called himself “the most active white nationalist in the Nebraska area”—not only undercuts those gains in recruitment, but potentially puts existing minority students at risk of danger, according to critics.

“Trust me. Really violent.”

The students who claim Kleve is a danger to others argue that the school should be looking at his history to understand their concerns. He appeared in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12 in a contingent with Vanguard America, the white supremacist group whose followers included James Fields, the man charged with murdering antiracist activist Heather Heyer in a brutal car-ramming incident. He also posted photos of himself next to an Atomwaffen flag in 2017. Atomwaffen is a neo-Nazi group that has garnered headlines for being linked to a number of murders. Kleve told me he has “publicly disavowed” Atomwaffen, and no longer belongs to any white supremacist groups, but as recently as this year, he was posting white supremacist slogans on Facebook, and endorsing “the Order,” a fictional collective depicted in the neo-Nazi propaganda book The Turner Diaries.

In the book, “the Order” slaughtered Jews, non-whites and other minorities in part of a make-believe race war. The book was admired by terrorists like Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and David Copeland, a British man who murdered three people in a bombing campaign that was targeted at minorities in 1999. Keegan Hankes, an intelligence analyst with Southern Poverty Law Center, told Newsweek that people “should be concerned” about violence when dealing with those who associate with Vanguard America and Atomwaffen, even peripherally.

“Everyone has to remember that this ideology is founded on building a white ethnostate,” Hankes said. “They believe that they are fighting for the survival of the white race.”

Scott, who lived with Kleve from mid-October to the start of December 2017, told Newsweek that Kleve had an AR-15 assault rifle that he kept in a common area of their apartment. Schneider, Scott’s friend, said she saw the weapon as well but thought it was a shotgun. (She admitted to not knowing much about firearms, while Scott claimed to have a better understanding of them.) Scott also told Newsweek that Kleve kept a pistol “on him.” Nebraska is an open-carry state, and Lincoln Police confirmed to Newsweek that Kleve would be legally allowed to carry a weapon outside of campus. Kleve told Newsweek that his guns were purchased legally but would not elaborate on how many he owns, or their makes and models. He denied owning an AR-15, but declined to answer whether he owned any similar weapons that could be mistaken for one.

Scott said he didn’t report to the police about threats Kleve made because he didn’t trust them to do their job, but he reported his roommate to the housing complex, asking for a separation. A report issued by the administration of their housing complex and given to Newsweek confirmed that Scott had expressed “concerns” about his roommate at the time he lived with Kleve. Their relationship ended when Kleve moved out. Kleve claimed Scott was making up stories about him.

“Nothing has changed,” Leslie Reed, a spokesperson for the school, told Newsweek while students were protesting Kleve’s presence, regarding their hesitancy to remove him from UNL.

The University of Nebraska can’t “discriminate against someone for having unpopular political beliefs,” she said previously.

“I can’t wait to graduate so that I can get out of everyone’s hair”

Students who spoke to Newsweek about Kleve, who frequently boasts about what he believes to be his talents as a propagandist, suggested that his tactics are having the opposite of their intended impact. Kleve is not only failing to make recruiting in-roads for his cause, the students claimed, but his views have made him into a pariah on campus. On Saturday, for example, the Nebraska’s men’s basketball team waged a protest against his presence before their game with Rutgers. The men wore T-shirts that read, “Hate Will Never Win.” Student athletes across campus, in fact, have used their influence to condemn Kleve, and a search for his name on Twitter will turn up what looks like a deluge of disgust from fellow classmates.

Harris of FIRE argued to Newsweek that condemnation and debate is the best way to deal with a student like Kleve, so long as he was not harassing or endangering specific students. “The best way to combat [white supremacist advocacy] is with more speech and better ideas.” But because of Kleve’s apparent racist fixation with violence, he potentially represents a different case than other “alt-right” figures who have stirred protest on campuses.

One similar case to Kleve’s is that of Mark Daniel Neuhoff, a 27-year-old graduate student in Virginia Tech’s English department. Neuhoff’s presence on campus sparked a massive outcry in the fall semester of 2017. Posts from Neuhoff’s Facebook account that appeared to endorse white supremacy, Hitler and the Nazi application of “Jewish stars” during World War II were leaked by a local antifascist group. Students were outraged when they saw them, and their feelings were complicated by the fact that Neuhoff taught undergraduates in his capacity as a teacher’s assistant.

Virginia Tech told Newsweek that following relentless protests and phone calls, the administration and Neuhoff came to a quiet agreement that he would no longer teach there. Since that time, Neuhoff has become an outcast. He said he was grateful for the way the administration handled his case, but expressed feelings of despair and loneliness in describing his time in school there. He suggested that colleagues had ostracized him and severed all ties.

He told Newsweek that he was actually a “paleoconservative monarchist” and not a white supremacist, despite his posts appearing to praise Hitler, and claimed that his views were taken out of context. He also complained that the posts that appeared to many students to be deeply anti-Semitic were made on a locked feed, and that antifascist activists had infiltrated his account.

“It’s made me feel extremely unwelcome and I can’t wait to graduate so that I can get out of everyone’s hair and they can get out of mine,” he told Newsweek about the atmosphere of his education.

While Neuhoff longs to make an exit from academia, others on the far-right are eager to make inroads there, but so far with extremely limited success. Matthew Heimbach of Traditionalist Worker’s Party (TWP), a small but active neo-Nazi group, is attempting to start a college speaking tour called “National Socialism or Death” at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville later this month. He told Newsweek that the point of the exercise is to find common ground with “conservatives and socialists.” As with rallies staged by white supremacist Richard Spencer, though, protesters of the event are expected to outnumber his supporters. Heimbach argued that he was doing it to argue for a “safe space for fascists” in academia, but it is also unclear that fascist beliefs are really treated with any intolerance by administrators. Students like Neuhoff and Kleve are isolated, but they are also enrolled.

White supremacist speaking events come at a time when the movement is aggressively papering propaganda across American colleges. The Anti-Defamation League has documented 346 incidents of white supremacist propaganda appearing on campuses since the start of the 2016 school year, including “fliers, stickers, banners, and posters.” The incidents span 216 campuses across 44 states. Andrew Oswalt, a graduate student at Oregon State University, drew headlines for being arrested last month for a July 2017 incident in which he and other white men allegedly placed racist bumper stickers on the backs of cars, but those who monitor the far right argue that he may be an exception to the rule. Most white supremacists who target campuses do so because they feel excluded from campus life, and dismissed by intellectuals generally speaking, rather than the other way around.

The far right is a busy but ultimately small online community, at least when it comes to people who don’t operate anonymously. Neuhoff is Facebook friends with Kleve and interacts with him from time to time. He said that while Kleve is more involved with “what people call white nationalism, national socialism, and the pro-white cause in general,” he identifies with Kleve because of the degree to which they’ve been alienated from their peers in a left-leaning environment.

“Our cases are the same,” Neuhoff argued to Newsweek about Kleve. “We have views other people don’t like and they’re taking things out of context or using any possible tactic to cause us harm while trying to convince people we are violent.”

But two substantial differences exist between the complaints about Kleve and Neuhoff. Neuhoff told Newsweek that he never belonged to a white supremacist or neo-Nazi group. During the violence at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville that Saturday afternoon in August, for example, he said that he was in church. (Neuhoff is in the process of converting to Christian Orthodox after having grown up in a non-religious household.) Also, he said he doesn’t own any guns.

“The student’s viewpoint — however hateful and intolerant it is — is also protected by the First Amendment.”

Justin Myers, 18, a freshman business student at UNL and a self-described conservative, told Newsweek that while he wasn’t sure if Kleve had done enough to be “legally kicked off campus” in terms of his praise of violence, he would feel uncomfortable being anywhere near him in class.

Myers also argued that there was a difference between the campus debates about free speech between conservatives and leftists, and the threat of overt neo-Nazism. “These guys hate our system of government and the freedoms we have,” Myers said.

But for the school’s administration, Kleve is being treated like any other student.

“I have heard from many of you in our community and beyond, calling for this student to be removed from campus based on concern for safety and outright disgust and rejection of the ideologies represented,” school Chancellor Ronnie Green wrote, acknowledging that he himself “categorically rejects” such viewpoints. “The student’s viewpoint — however hateful and intolerant it is — is also protected by the First Amendment.”

Kleve, for his part, changed his tone dramatically when speaking to Newsweek via text message as the controversy on campus unfolded last week. Initially, Kleve came across as dismissive, mocking journalism, but as time went on and the controversy over his captured remarks about violence grew, his tone both to Newsweek and on social media evolved into something much more personal and anxious. He said that he valued his education, and looked forward to becoming a doctor.

“I have never claimed to be perfect,” Kleve wrote on Facebook while criticizing a local news article that mentioned him being arrested at the age of 17 for possession of marijuana. “I lived in different foster homes from the moment of my birth and grew up in a degenerate environment.”

As he posted those remarks, the anger about him only seemed to grow online.

“EXPEL DAN KLEVE,” a woman wrote on Twitter late Thursday morning after the school had posted its explanation for not taking action. “Get rid of Dan Kleve,” another female student pleaded a few hours later on the site. Fifteen minutes after that, a male student piped in: “Kleve is in violation of the student code of conduct. He should be removed for the safety of all.”

Kleve finally acknowledged on his Twitter account on Monday what he would not tell Newsweek in multiple conversations over text message: The sustained campaign to expel him, the local news reports on his situation and the silent treatment he had received from other classmates had driven him to the point of despair.

“I feel exactly how my enemy wants me to feel,” Kleve wrote in the context of saying that he would not give up his politics. “Alone, powerless, and void of any hope for the future.”