Last updated on December 15, 2020
The Jewish Action group Twitter account, shared an image of Senator Kelly Loeffler with a former leader of the KKK.
Chester Doles, a fourth-generation Klansman, now leads the National Alliance and Hammerskins. He introduced the nation to the American Patriots USA in 2019.
Kelly Loeffler claims she had “no idea” that she was posing with a longtime Ku Klux Klan member after a photo of the senator with the man went viral on social media over the weekend.
A photo showing Loeffler with Chester Doles at a campaign event on Friday was widely circulated on social media with less than a month to go before the Georgia Senate runoff elections, which will determine which party will control the U.S. Senate.
The picture in question, which shows Loeffler posing alongside Doles, was shared on Doles' social media on Saturday along with the caption, “Kelly Loeffler and I. Save America, stop Socialism.”
Shortly after Loeffler photo with Doles went viral, Bend the Arc,a progressive Jewish advocacy group, retweeted the picture of Loeffler smiling next to Doles along with the caption, “This is who [Loeffler] is proudly appealing to.”
Explicitly genocidal in its ideology, NA materials call for the eradication of the Jews and other races — what a principal foundational document describes as “a temporary unpleasantness” — and the creation of an all-white homeland. Founded by William Pierce in 1970, the group produced assassins, bombers and bank robbers, among other things. Pierce's novel, The Turner Diaries, was the inspiration for Timothy McVeigh's 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City and many other acts of terror. After Pierce died unexpectedly in 2002, the group suffered several splits and ultimately lost most of its members.
The Hammerskins (also known as Hammerskin Nation) are a white supremacist group formed in 1988 in Dallas, Texas. Their primary focus is the production and promotion of white power rock music, and many white power bands have been affiliated with the group.
The leader of American Patriots USA, Chester Doles, has spent a lifetime in the white supremacist movement. A self-described “fourth-generation Klansman”, in 1993 Doles and another Klan organizer viciously beat a Black man in Maryland simply because a white woman was a passenger in his vehicle. After serving a prison sentence, Doles relocated to Georgia, where he headed the state unit of the National Alliance, at the time the largest neo-Nazi organization in North America. A federal weapons charge led to another prison sentence. In recent years, Doles has been active with “Crew 38”, the feeder club for the violent Hammerskins racist gang. Doles was part of the Hammerskins crew at the bloody “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, 2017.
Last September, Doles hosted a rally in Dahlonega, Georgia, which featured both Black pro-Trump commentator Lucretia Hughes and Hitler-loving Jovanni Valle as speakers, and was supported by a contingent of north Georgia Klansmen. Following this rally, Doles formed a new, ostensibly pro-Trump organization called “American Patriots USA” (APUSA) which held its first official meeting in December. Doles simultaneously networks and organizes with white supremacists all while claiming that APUSA is not a racist organization and that he has walked away from the white supremacist movement. This pose has allowed Doles to build broader alliances, including with Republican political candidates and far-Right people of color. Doles signals to his white supremacist associates that he is still on their side via his VKontakte (VK) social media, where he still shares materials from the white nationalist movement.
As a former KKK leader, Doles understands the importance and symbolism of Stone Mountain to white supremacists. Doles keeps in contact with many present-day Klan organizers through his social media. The “Chaplain” of American Patriots USA, Robert Timothy Dickenson, is also a Klan supporter. Dickenson was a member of the Original Knight Riders, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. More recently, Dickenson wore International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan apparel when he accompanied the American Patriots USA float in Dahlonega’s Gold Rush Days parade in October.
— Matt Thompson (@muckingfunky) December 13, 2020
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