Former Newsmax host speaks at White Nationalist conference
Malkin, who recently hosted “Sovereign Nation” on Newsmax TV, was one of nearly a dozen speakers at the annual American Renaissance Gathering Nov. 12-14. The think tank – which bills itself as a “white realist rights organization” – holds the event each fall in a state park about 35 miles from downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Over the years, Jared Taylor, the organization’s longtime leader, has invited an array of neo-Nazis, white nationalists, Klan members, and other figures from the American and global racist right.
Among the featured speakers at the event this year included Sam Dickson, a former Klan lawyer who said “desegregation was a mistake”; Kevin DeAnna, an American Renaissance and VDARE staffer who writes under the pseudonyms “Gregory Hood” and “James Kirkpatrick”; and F. Roger Devlin, a white nationalist writer who once claimed that the “lizard brains” of Norwegian women made them fall in love with Pakistani men.
In his speech, Malkin praised those far-right activists involved in “hand-to-hand, pen-to-pen combat against the vast anti-white and anti-American forces bent on mass murder,” according to an article from November 15. from an anonymous contributor to the American Renaissance. Later, the blog noted, she compared herself to the white nationalists in the room, claiming that “somehow they – we – arrived at the same shared destination point.
While Malkin is on November 13 was its first appearance at an American Renaissance event, the site began posting its columns to its website on January 11, 2020. Since then, the site has shared 40 of its syndicated columns, which are distributed to print media and digital by the California-based Creators Syndicate, according to Hatewatch’s review of the American Renaissance Archives.
Hatewatch has emailed Malkin and American Renaissance for comment on the rally. Hatewatch also reached out to Brian Peterson, senior vice president of communications and marketing at Newsmax, regarding Malkin’s recent association with the network. They did not respond.
Malkin’s long-standing ties to the racist right
As the founder of two popular conservative digital media and author of a handful of books trumpeting draconian anti-immigration policies and rhetoric, Malkin provided a bridge between the Nativist fringe and the more mainstream right for nearly two decades. White nationalists and anti-immigrant groups hailed his work as an instrument of their causes. These include the Trump-linked Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, DC-based think tank led by Mark Krikorian who praised his “shoe-leather reporting” on immigration policy from the United States. United States in a 2016 press release, as well as former “Unite the Right” Nick Fuentes, who called her a “champion” and “mom”.
“I make no apologies as a non-white-skinned person for championing the idea that America should maintain its historic demographic balance,” Malkin told Lana Lokteff during an appearance on Red Ice TV in April 2020. Here she refers to the popular belief among nativists and members of the white power movement that the American white majority should be maintained, and does so while citing her identity as a person of color. Although Malkin has at times relied on her identity as a Filipino-American to deflect criticism of her affiliation with members of the racist far-right, the inclusion of people of color in far-right groups can give these groups a semblance of denial of their extreme views, as argued by Daniel Martinez Hosang and Joseph E. Lowndes in their 2019 book, Producers, Parasites and Patriots.
Recently, some mainstream conservative organizations have chosen to distance themselves from Malkin because of his fraternization with some far-right members, like Fuentes. Yet its associations with the white nationalist fringe – in particular Peter Brimelow’s VDARE – date back to the early 2000s.
Brimelow began publishing Malkin’s syndicated columns on its website in 2002. Since then, VDARE has published over 1,370 of its articles. As early as 2004, Malkin described Brimelow, a self-proclaimed “racial nationalist”, as a “friend”. She also participated in fundraising for the site. In a December 28, 2019 appeal, Malkin described Brimelow as a thinker who had “greatly influenced” her work since the mid-1990s and said she was “forever indebted” to him.
In the same call, Malkin called a handful of other VDARE contributors “must have,” including Kevin DeAnna, whom Hatewatch revealed in 2019 to be a VDARE and American Renaissance staff member who writes for these sites under the pseudonyms “James Kirkpatrick” and “Gregory Hood” and Marcus Epstein, a Virginia-based attorney and former GOP agent who, according to documents reviewed by Hatewatch, has been writing for the site as “Washington Watcher” since 2009. In emails and conversations from former Breitbart editor-in-chief Katie McHugh, Epstein and other extremists seemed to link him to the pseudonym “Washington Watcher.” (McHugh, who was once a part of this world, has since exposed his ties to white nationalism.) McHugh confirmed to Hatewatch in a text exchange that she and others around her knew Epstein wrote for VDARE under this name. She added that DeAnna, her boyfriend at the time, frequently referred to Epstein and “Washington Watcher” interchangeably. Epstein did not respond to Hatewatch’s request for comment via email.
As Hatewatch previously reported, Epstein pleaded guilty to assaulting a black woman in Washington, DC, in 2009. Since the mid-2000s, Epstein has hosted a handful of events where Taylor has been invited as a speaker or participant. In 2006, he sponsored a debate between Taylor, then-National exam Contributing editor John Derbyshire and conservative black activist Kevin Martin. As Trump’s 2016 election neared, Epstein invited Taylor to at least one event in his DC-area talk club series, “Alt Right Toastmasters,” which featured a variety of prominent nationalist speakers. white.
On November 27, VDARE announced that Malkin would join Brimelow, longtime contributor John Derbyshire, and DeAnna, albeit under his nickname “James Kirkpatrick,” for an online fundraiser on Giving Tuesday. However, according to Hatewatch’s review of subsequent promotional material and VDARE’s Giving Tuesday livestream, Malkin appears to have dropped the event at the last minute.
Media linked to racist fight club joined Malkin at a conference
Members of a media organization linked to a racist and far-right lifestyle brand joined Malkin and others at the conference, Hatewatch discovered.
On Sunday, November 14, One People’s Project’s Daryle Lamont Jenkins uploaded images from the conference to YouTube showing three men, two of whom were associated with self-proclaimed nationalist media outlet Media2Rise. Robert Rundo, the former leader of the racist street fighting club Rise Above Movement, founded Media2Rise in 2020 to provide positive coverage to white power groups, in the United States and abroad. In the video, three men – a Media2Rise correspondent who identified himself as Lucca Corgiat; Graham Whitson, the group’s videographer; and an unknown man wearing a mask and sunglasses – approached Jenkins and anti-fascist activists for comment. When Jenkins asked Corgiat if Rundo was present at the event, the White Nationalist Network correspondent replied, “I can’t answer that,” as the masked man and Whitson, who was recording the meeting, watched.
Rundo, who is believed to be based in Europe, and Whitson have recently faced legal challenges for their respective roles in the white power movement. Federal officials accused Rundo and other members of the Rise Above movement of riots in June 2017 as part of a March protest in Berkeley, Calif., Which escalated into violence. While a district judge dismissed the charges in 2019, an appeals court overturned the decision and reinstated the charges in March.
Police arrested Whitson in August 2020, alongside Patriot Front leader Thomas Rousseau. Whitson and Rousseau face criminal mischief charges in connection with the couple who allegedly placed stickers promoting Rousseau’s group on local government property.
Although Media2Rise has produced documentaries featuring white supremacist groups in the past, it is unclear what footage, if any, of the conference the organization intends to broadcast.
Illustration photo by SPLC (from left to right: Kevin DeAnna by Jeff Malet, Michelle Malkin, Sam Dickson)