Glenn Spencer, Nativist Anti-Semite, Represented by John Munger, Ex-Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate
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Right-wing attempts to legitimize nativist border wacko Glenn Spencer persist in the strangest fashion.
Today, the conservative website Right Side News reported on a letter from former GOP gubernatorial candidate John Munger to Luis Heredia, Executive Director of the Arizona Democratic Party, demanding that Heredia issue a “letter of retraction” concerning statements Heredia made in a press release about Spencer being an “anti-Semite” and a “purported racist.”
In Munger’s letter, which you can read, here, the Tucson lawyer claims such remarks are “untrue and defamatory” and gives Heredia 10 days to issue a retraction or face possible legal action.
Spencer’s bigotry, anti-Semitism and associations with white supremacists and other extremists have all been documented ad nauseam by both the ADL and the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Alabama-based civil-rights watchdog group.
Which is why I was puzzled by Munger’s letter. Truth is the ultimate defense against a defamation claim. And Spencer, a public figure well-known for his inflammatory rhetoric as the head of the nativist group American Border Patrol, is damned by his own words and actions.
So I gave Munger a call and asked him if he’d threatened to sue the ADL as well.
“I don’t know who the ADL is,” he responded.
“You’ve never heard of the Anti-Defamation League?” I wondered.
“Sure, but I don’t know that’s the ADL,” he said. “I’ve heard of the Anti-Defamation League.”
Interestingly, after concluding his dinky diatribe, Spencer directs readers seeking more info to an essay on “Jewish Influence” by notorious Cal-State Long Beach professor Kevin MacDonald, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center refers to as “the neo-Nazi movement’s favorite academic.”
Golly, how could anyone figure Spencer for an anti-Semite?
Confronted with both the ADL’s and the SPLC’s reporting that Spencer has appeared at white supremacist conferences, Munger claimed ignorance.
“I know nothing about that,” stated Munger. “It’s news to me.”
It’s not the only thing Munger, once chair of the Arizona Board of Regents, was ignorant of regarding his client. When I asked Munger about Spencer’s links to kid-killing minutewoman Shawna Forde, he made this incredible statement:
“I don’t know who he was connected with…I don’t know who Shawna Forde is.”
I guess if you’re going to defend Glenn Spencer from charges of bigotry, ignorance is your best asset.