Organizers Behind Armed White Supremacist Protest in Houston Revealed as Russian
At Little Green Footballs we’ve pointed out for years* the deep ties between the far right fringe in the US and overseas Euro-fascists and Nationalists. From philosophical pump priming to increasing the social media noise level much of the resurgent tribal supremacist rise in the US is supported from afar. That’s a real danger now that Russia is working to take over leadership of the European Nationalist movements.
The organizers behind the anti-Islam protesters, however, never showed. And now, over 16 months later, we know why.
As CNN reported last week, the protest was put together by the “Heart of Texas” Facebook page – a page that was revealed last month as one of the fake accounts operated out of Russia. Unlike the November anti-Hillary Clinton, pro-secession rallies the page attempted to organize across Texas, the May protest not only brought armed protesters, but a raft of counter-protesters to face down those calling for “white power!”
At the time, there was little to differentiate the “Stop Islamization of Texas” protest from the other Islamophobic protests wracking the state, especially in Dallas. “I figured it was the same manifestation of what was happening in Dallas,” Ramon Mejia, of About Face: Veterans Against the War, told ThinkProgress.
Indeed, until CNN’s revelations, there was little to suspect that the protest wasn’t organically homegrown. After all, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign helped generate a greater Islamophobic tail-wind than any campaign prior – and given that people like Aryan Renaissance Society National Director Ken Reed showed up at the Houston protest, claiming the U.S. is “being threatened by the influx of Islam,” the protest clearly carried a distinctly American flavor.