A white supremacist and Donald Trump supporter admitted his role in removing a black woman from a Trump campaign event in Kentucky. According to Matthew Heimbach’s blog on the website for the Traditionalist Youth Network, he wrote, “[Video] features yours truly helping the crowd drive out one of the women who had been pushing, shoving, barking, and screaming at the attendees for the better part of an hour.” He had earlier been identified as one of the men in the video by Shaun King of the New York Daily News.
On his Facebook page, Heimbach writes that he was fired in 2016 from his job with the Indiana Department of Child Service for “nationalist politics.”
Here’s what you need to know about Heimbach and his hate speech:
1. The Woman Who Was Removed From the Rally Says She Was Called a ‘Ni**er’ & a ‘C**t’ by Trump Supporters
The victim, identified as University of Louisville student Shiya Nwanguma, told a reporter that she was called a “c**t” and “ni**er” by Trump supporters during the rally before being ejected. The above video shows Matthew Heimbach has one of the aggressors. His t-shirt sports the logo of the German Labor Front, the only legal union during the Nazi regime. Another video tweeted by Shaun King also show Nwanguma being accosted by a veteran who clearly tells her that “all lives matter.”
2. He Founded the White Student Union at His Alma-Mater Towson University
In a Facebook post from October 2015, Heimbach said he had helped to bring back the White Student Union at Towson University. He wrote, “I had the pleasure to meet with young activists from Towson University this weekend, they have decided to organize a chapter of the TWP. Tomorrow belongs to us.” Heimbach was an American History student at the school.
The Daily Beast wrote an extensive feature about Heimbach and his activities in Towson in April 2013. The piece notes that the members of the White Student Union planned to patrol the campus, in Baltimore County, Maryland, to protect white females against black males. He told the Daily Beast, “I’ve always been put off by skinheads and neo-Nazis and the Klan because they don’t advocate a positive message. They don’t advocate any solutions, really, but they also advocate hatred. I’m allowed to love my people.” It also mentions that Heimbach suggested the Republican Party adopt a segregationist stance.
3. He Doesn’t Think White Pride Is Any Different to ‘Gay Pride or Black Pride’
Among Heimbach’s many controversial beliefs is the notion that celebrating white pride is no different to “Gay pride or black pride,” or so he told the Baltimore Sun in 2012. In the same article Heimback said he did not advocate “white power” just pride in his culture.
4. He’s Married With 1 Child to a Woman Named Brooke
According to her Facebook page, Heimbach is married to a woman named Brooke. The couple have a son together who was born in August 2015. She is a native of Owasso, Michigan, and says the couple live together in Carmel, Indiana, together. The 2013 Daily Beast feature on Heimbach mentions that he was raised in Poolesville, Maryland, by parents who both worked as public school teachers. He mentioned Pat Buchanan as his main political influence.
On his Facebook page, Heimbach refers to himself as a “Legionnaire at Traditionalist Youth Network.”
5. A Spox for the SPLC Said About Trump’s Campaign if ‘White Supremacists Endorse You, You Should Ask ‘Why?”
A New York Times feature on Trump’s “Message Resonating With White Supremacists” quotes Southern Poverty Law Center spokesman Richard Cohen who said, “You can’t help who admires you, but when white supremacists start endorsing you for president, you ought to start asking why.”