The anti-immigration think-tank VDare’s purchase of a castle in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia last month was reported in local news without much commotion. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a local GOP Congressional candidate, and about a dozen left-wing extremists are trying to change that.
VDare, an organization once considered mainstream, has been under attack by powerful people over its advocacy for immigration control. For this reason, they have had trouble finding stable venues to hold academic conferences and appear to have acquired a new piece of private property to possibly change that.
Recently, Michael Edison Hayden, an anarchist with close ties to “antifa” paramilitary groups, went to the tourist hub to support the organized “opposition” to VDare and stake out their castle.
According to the report, about 12 people, mostly left-wing activists, attended a meeting against VDare. There was one notable exception in the group, Matthew Hahn, a Republican House candidate for West Virginia’s 2nd District, who attended to rub shoulders with communists and anarchists. What would Hahn’s potential constituents think of him plotting with left-wing extremists and the SPLC to do God knows what to a building owned by an organization that shares most of the typical Trump supporter’s cultural views?
Hayden also photographed the VDare property and posted a picture of it in his report. He described the layout of the area, and how its presence on a hill makes it difficult for “anti-racist demonstrators” to “access” it.
According to Hayden, the alt-right has fractured thanks to “antifa” violence, which is presumably laudable in his mind. Whatever the merits of this claim are, this SPLC agent has previously threatened to use his friends and comrades in “antifa” to go after individuals who have political views he doesn’t like.
Soon after posting his article, his large audience of “antifa” followers began to react.
One user using the handle @Braingeesuss asked, “Any idea if they have the money for round the clock security?”
A more menacing reaction that should be construed as a threat was posted by @Dedwrekka : “Aluminum powder mixed with iron oxide.
Or Gallium if you’re trying to be sneaky.” The first sentence is a reference to thermite, an incendiary agent used in deadly arson attacks by terrorist groups around the world.
VDare syndicates Ann Coulter’s column, has been publicly praised by Tucker Carlson, and is read by high-level members of the Trump administration. How far is the SPLC willing to go to prevent private citizens from having private meetings on their newly acquired private property to discuss viewpoints held by half or more of America? We will see as time passes.