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Defender of Hate Group Leader Campaigning to Head GOP

By Heidi Beirich on November 16, 2010 - 5:33 pm, Posted in White Nationalism

Saul Anuzis, leader of the Michigan GOP until last year, announced earlier this week that he would be challenging Michael Steele for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee (RNC). Anuzis had made a failed but significant run against Steele, the party’s first black leader, for the same post in 2009.

Writing about his hopes for the RNC, Anuzis, an avid Twitter user and blogger, especially emphasized his tech-savviness at online social networking as an asset for making electoral gains for the party. What Anuzis didn’t mention was the kind of contacts he cultivated offline in Michigan, in particular his vocal support of the right-wing extremist Kyle Bristow. Bristow led the Michigan State University campus branch of Young Americans For Freedom (MSU-YAF) and was so virulent in his politics that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) began listing it as a hate group in 2006. Bristow also served as a Republican precinct delegate.

Bristow, left, with Anuzis

Bristow’s MSU-YAF engaged in extensive racist activities. One of its first stunts was presenting a 13-point agenda that would have established a “Caucasian caucus” at MSU and, in turn, eliminated all student government representation for practically every other non-white, non-heterosexual, non-male or non-Christian student group at the university. Bristow was on record saying, “Homosexuality kills people almost to a degree worse than cigarettes. … these [pro-gay rights] groups are complicit with murder.” MSU-YAF sponsored a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day” contest, held a “Koran Desecration” competition, jokingly threatened to distribute smallpox-infested blankets to Native American students, and posted “Gays Spread AIDS” fliers across campus. Bristow’s YAF also brought several extremists to speak at the MSU campus, including Holocaust denier Nick Griffin, leader of the whites-only British National Party (for more on YAF, read here).

None of this seemed to bother Anuzis. “This [Bristow] is exactly the type of young kid we want out there,” Anuzis, then already the GOP state chair, said on a radio program in May 2007, the year after MSU-YAF’s more outrageous activities were made public. “I’ve known Kyle for years and I can tell you I have never heard him say a racist or bigoted or sexist thing, ever.” Just this past October, Anuzis’ Michigan GOP issued a press release attacking a Democratic candidate for secretary of state because she once interned at the SPLC, which the release said used “fear and intimidation” in its hate group listings.

Since receiving this outpouring of support from Anuzis, Bristow has graduated to the top ranks of the American radical right. Now a law student at the University of Toledo, Bristow recently self-published a novel, White Apocalypse, whose plot revolves around a series of violent revenge fantasies against Jewish professors, Latino and Native American activists. A major subplot ends in the bloody assassination of a character apparently based on an SPLC staffer. Several notable white supremacists and anti-Semites have endorsed the novel.

Attempts to reach Anuzis to discuss Bristow were unsuccessful.

  • J. Edward Tremlett

    However – I have discovered a good way to keep Bristow from reposting your blogs about his antics on his “liberation front” and calling you a guttersnipe.

    Bring up the fact that he sought out a book blurb for “White Apocalypse” from a convicted user of child pornography (that would be Kevin Strom) and is, therefore, either possibly uncaring about working with such a person, or possibly has no problems with what Mr. Strom got done up for.

    I’ve done it twice, and the answer is silence.

  • sadaharu

    arf!

    Yeah that bristow if you listened to VOR voice of reason sounds like a nasaly little teenage brat. It is surprising that he is throwing away his life at a young age.

  • ruben

    retired beach comber…. you are right on the money with your comparison to nazi germany….but i would also compare these haters with al qaeda…..both these groups hate you if you don’t believe as they do…and both these groups will kill indiscriminately to get there point across (don’t forget timothy mc veigh) but what makes the right in this country more dangerous and vile is that they also throw in racial hatred,and i believe that it is only a matter of time before more mc veigh’s start acting out egged on by people liike anuzis,beck,limbaugh and all the other hate mongers on the air that seem to be crawling out of the woodwork these days like a swarm of roaches.if anuzis is of jewish decent (which his name might suggest)i wish he would read about gilberto bosques saldivar before he starts calling for arizona type catch anyone who looks like an immigrant day.we are living in dangerous times in this country bigots are taking advantage of the bad economic state of our country to promote there twisted agenda and saying that there hatred is patriotic but don’t be fooled.

  • J. Edward Tremlett

    Tom – I have no idea. I emailed them to ask what was up and have had no reply yet. Hopefully it’s just a technical difficulty.

  • http://devlin-mcaliskey.blogspot.com/ Tom Shelley

    Does anyone know what happened to the YAFwatch blog? It’s now only open to invited readers. I link from my blog to five of their posts.

    Tom

  • Frank

    Saul is a VERY Jewish name. I find that very funny. Lol. I bet his middle name is Mordecai.
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  • R Lavigueur

    Mitch Beales,

    It’s complicated, especially in the USA where, unlike my country Canada, the protections on freedom of speech are so robust that hate speech cannot be prevented or criminalized the way it is elsewhere. Hateful rhetoric does real harm, but those who oppose hate speech laws tend to argue A: they’ll lead to widespread discrimination of those with religious objection to homosexuality, or B: they’ll open the door to restrictions on the speech of minorities and politically unpopular groups as well as the violent bigots.

    Personally, I find both arguments hard to buy, first since such laws are tailored so narrowly that religious objection is almost certain to remain protected; as it has in essentially all western nations. Second, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is more than proof enough of how well the American constitution has done protecting the free speech of homosexual service members. Fortunately, there’s at least a decent chance that the courts will recognize exactly how unconstitutional DADT is. The bigots won’t be made to shut up, but at least the army will cease to punish the victims for the immaturity of those soldiers.

    One wishes, of course, that they could go through life without being attacked for something natural, unchangeable, and unchosen, but the sad reality is that there will always be those who, for whatever reason, refuse to be tolerant and accepting. Others aren’t really bigots at all, just uninformed or still struggling with the lies society has taught them about non-heterosexuals, and neither group can be effectively dealt with by blocking their speech.

    I agree that it’s hard to remain polite when someone tells you outright that they find you disgusting or repulsive, or repeats vastly inflated numbers about disease or criminality, but I’m prepared to let them have their own views so long as those views aren’t used as a club to try and force me back into the closet, or used for bullying that drives gay youth, and youth mistaken for gay, to the point of suicide. At least for now, we can’t and maybe shouldn’t stop them from speaking. We can, however, stop their voices from overwhelming and silencing our own, on this issue or any other.

  • Mitch Beales

    R Lavigueur don’t you think it’s time we put a don’t ask don’t tell policy in place for bigots like Lou Stouch? Personally I could tolerate them just fine if they would shut up about their bigotry.

  • Tom

    Is it just me? My GAYDAR is OFF-SCALE on this guy. Can we say “self-hatred”?

  • http://www.socarlovesaustin.com Socar Chatmon-Thomas

    Just when I think we’re starting to accept one another and celebrate our differences…I’m slapped in the face with reality! I like my world better :-)

    But seriously though, this guy does sound like a Young Adolf. It’s extremely disturbing.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    What a tragedy- as new threats arise, the TSA devises new ways to stop them. And this should be laid at the feet of 1.5 billion Muslims- why, exactly?

  • R Lavigueur

    Lou,

    I agree that there are political forms of Islam, there are political forms of most major religions, and I find them all to be abhorrent for the same reasons. Now, I know Muslims who don’t let the Koran define every aspect of their lives, and I’m sure we both know Christians and non-believers for whom religion is just one aspect of their lives. Now, the difference is that I don’t accept the view that Islam is, by default, a more political and dominating religion than Christianity. Both have a history of oppression and domination, and both promise non-believers hell and encourage evangelism.

    Most importantly, I disagree with you that Christianity, at least in some of its forms, is not a political system. Over the past few decades, we have seen in the USA especially, a vast mobilization of fundamentalist churches to influence and control politics, usually through the Republican Party. Take, for one example, the passage of proposition 8 to take away the rights of gays to marry in California. This was a proposition that was advertised, campaigned for and paid for by major religious groups, including the Mormons and the Roman Catholics. A vast amount of this funding came from outside California, and the campaign was framed in terms of gay marriage being an assault on Christian moral values, much as radical Islam paints its political opponents as enemies of Islamic values.

    This is where, I think, we have a disagreement, or maybe just a difference in perspective caused by our different situations in life. You feel that the ‘militant pro-homosexual lobby’ is cramming ideas down your throat, while I watch anti-gay organizations funded by powerful churches create a nationwide, and indeed worldwide campaign to strip me of the right to full equality.

    Lets say I want to marry the man I love, or serve in the army without hiding who I am. All this requires from you, indeed from anyone, is that exact ‘live and let live’ philosophy you described. On the other side, amendments to ban gay marriage, laws in Muslim nations making homosexuality a capital offense, and UN votes to essentially make acceptable the extra-judicial killing of gays and lesbians all come across as aggressive actions designed to deny people the very right to exist.

    If anyone is forcing their views on others, it is the bigot who says unashamedly ‘I feel uncomfortable with your sexuality, therefore you must be destroyed’. It is those Christians who, for fear and hate of Muslims, ban the construction of prayer towers or those Muslims who, for fear and hate of Christians ban the construction of churches. It has historically been seen in the white woman who demands that a black woman drinks from a different fountain, and in the man who shouts loudly that women belong in the kitchen, not in the voting booth. I agree with your above comment that we’ve taken the conversation far from its original source though, so I’ll leave it at that, and state that as one gay man, I will never ask you to do any more than ‘not bothering’. If you find our existence distasteful, so be it, but like you, I cannot tolerate those that believe and proclaim all others must behave and believe the same things that they do.

  • Lou Stouch

    per Ruslan:

    Now did you expect, at the “end” of all this highjacking(not that anyone could define when it was “over”), the airports of the world to STOP using such security procedures? Please tell me you weren’t expecting that.

    Well Ruslan, as a salesman I’ve done more than my fair share of flying. And I can assure you that airport security pre-Shoe Bomber Russell and 9/11 was nothing as to now. Every time I take my shoes off at the checkin, I thank Mr. Russell. And his compatriots. Sure, lets just let the burqah clad female pat herself down, as CAIR suggests. Right. (I do apologize to all for taking this conversation a bit off course. I therefore cease and desist as of now.)

  • Rebel Belle

    P.S.- the greatest commandment of all is LOVE. I disagree with (abusive) bashing and the intentional distortion of your material to lead your readers to a false conclusion. I do not hate you, I just have a differing opinion than you do. I am opinionated, as well as yourself. In your heart of hearts, you know that you are a skilled writer and have lead the readers to an inaccurate conclusion about Saul. On the record, I am a Republican but can say I do not agree with all of it’s platforms. At the same time, I am not a Democrat, but do agree with some of their platforms. As long as Republicans are allowed to point the fingers at Democrats while Democrats are pointing their fingers at Republicans, then both major parties have created an extremely hostile environment in which nothing ever seems to get resolved. We are human beings and our basic needs remain the same.

  • Rebel Belle

    Saul is very well known and respected and is a celebrity in the Republican Party. Many people want to get their picture taken with other people of greater importance than themselves. So there is a photo of a kid (who I don’t even recognize) with Saul (who most people would recognize) and then you attack Saul? Maybe if you looked at why the kid feels as strongly as he does about the various issues, then you would realize that the kid probably knows that about 17 million people are working on our roads alone that are here illegally and those 17 million jobs could be available to people who are legal Americans who could use the employment. You have twisted the information in order to promote your hidden agenda by demonizing people like Saul whose families families came here legally.

  • Rebel Belle

    LOL. Saul is a nice person who is well-qualified for the job. Does everyone who sticks up for their beliefs’ automatically become a bad guy?

  • Lou Stouch

    On my opinion of gays, until about 2 years ago I was completely neutral on them. I have had some gay friends over the years as well, no biggie., Dont bother me I wont bother you was my attitude, and many others as well.

    That I am afraid changed with the practically militant pro homosexual lobbying over the last few years (“burn their houses down if they dont agree” being militant). I just cannot stomach someone cramming down my throat that which I have a fundamental distatste for. In other words, they are now violating the “I dont bother you if you dont bother me” arrangement. Well, every action has an opposite and equal reaction………sorry!

  • Lou Stouch

    R. Lavigueur:

    Finally, as you point out, even CAIR admits that there’s essentially no chance of sharia law being implemented in a US state, let alone overriding the state or federal constitution. But by your logic, why stop with sharia law? If this is such a benevolent act, why not pass a law forbidding the passage of laws based on Biblical commandments and Christian values?

    You are well written and seem highly intelligent, R. Surely thus you know the answer to your own question. Notably that Islam is both a religion and a political system – Christianity and Judasim are not (political systems). Islam directs the muslims entire life and how to live it, and institutionally discriminates against the kafir, or unbeliever – Christianity does not, Judaism I am unsure about..

  • skinnyminny

    IMHO, the Obama Administration hasn’t accomplished most of its goals, because, the MSM, cable outlets have glamorized the teas, Limbaugh, Palin, Beck, C-Span’s Washington Journal…when you have people constantly saying that “Obama doesn’t like white people, Obama is not a citizen, government shouldn’t be in the business of employment…” that would put any black person in power at a standstill. Especially when that person is getting hate mail, threats, and the media shows this as news every day, and it seems the elected GOP members spend more time in front of the camera than in their districts or offices.

    Retired Beachcomber, you’re right on the money. I’ve been reading articles on the web that says we’re in for a rude awakening, such as, the 2012 Olympics – it is alleged that the Nazis is supposed to announce they have taken over the world, the symbols for the Olympics is supposed to be a Nazi symbol. I can say, that, it does seem that all of a sudden, here and abroad there is a Nazi problem. Also, the fact that here, people keep yelling 2012, and the NSM can have all of these rallies with permits to march and intimidate minorities.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Isnt that rich, given that last time I checked, muslims blowing up planes were the reason for all the airport security in the first place. (The Red Brigades havent been around since the 70’s Ruslan.)”

    You need to check again- highjacking was common in the 70s and it was carried out by a number of groups of all kinds of ideologies, from leftists to right-wing Croatian nationalists(a hilarious little incident involving a crock-pot they claimed was a bomb). Now did you expect, at the “end” of all this highjacking(not that anyone could define when it was “over”), the airports of the world to STOP using such security procedures? Please tell me you weren’t expecting that.

  • R Lavigueur

    Lou Stouch said:

    “I am beginning to get the feeling that we are headed towards a Clash of Civilizations. If the moderates are to predominate, and said Clash to be avoided, they had better start speaking up soon. And I don’t mean buy building friendship community centers next to GZ.”

    Given the opinions you hold toward gays, you might find that you have more in common with the extreme Islamists than you seem to believe. Honestly, if you’re going to make claims about religious objection against TSA rules and sharia law in Britain, it would help to get your facts ready first.

    First, Muslims are far from alone in finding current TSA practices intrusive, and fatwas are just religious opinions by Islamic scholars, to Sunni Muslims they aren’t binding period, and to Shia Muslims they’re only binding to certain individuals. This hardly translates to a belief that they make the rules and we’d better follow them. Across the Islamic world, there’s a general recognition, no matter how certain Muslim leaders might wish it were otherwise, that a fatwa is, in fact, only truly binding on its author. A fatwa against the TSA doesn’t even necessarily reflect the opinion of a substantial number of Muslims, and isn’t worth getting upset about.

    Then we have Britain’s ‘sharia courts’. In Britain, the practice of sharia law is available only when both sides agree to it, and not available in cases where the Crown/state would be involved as a party. These courts were accepted partially because Jewish Beth Din, or rabbinical courts, have existed in much the same context in the UK for over 100 years. The actual ‘law’ is the same for everyone, religious courts can only act as arbitrators, and only when parties in a civil dispute chose to do without lawyers and official judges.

    Do these rabbinical courts mean that the Jewish civilization is attempting to overthrow western Europe, starting with Britain? Hardly a logical conclusion, though no doubt many still believe it to be true.

    Finally, as you point out, even CAIR admits that there’s essentially no chance of sharia law being implemented in a US state, let alone overriding the state or federal constitution. But by your logic, why stop with sharia law? If this is such a benevolent act, why not pass a law forbidding the passage of laws based on Biblical commandments and Christian values?

    Oh wait, that would make it a lot harder for you to discriminate against the icky gays wouldn’t it?

  • howard polansky

    I watched in fascination and with a little bit of horror
    the signs and solgans of the tea party activists and the fear mongering of Sarah Pallin raging against health care reform.
    The signs equating O Bama with fascism, and a primitive jungle savage were not free speech, but the excesses of bigots fearing that change would further diminish their ecomic prospects.

    Hate, bigotry and zenophobia are nurtured in the fertile soil of ecomonic decline and political activists feed on it.
    The voters reward the party that blocks change and the media does little to educate or report facts

  • Lou Stouch

    I read an interesting piece recently by Tony Blair. In essence, I think, he said we need to embrace the majority of muslims who do not buy into the terrorist ideology to work against those that do.

    But unfortunately, the moderate voices of islam are few and far between. Instead we have CAIR not getting on board to fight terrorism, but rather informing niqab or burkah clad women on how to demand their rights (head and neck ONLY) at the airport when faced with TSA screeners, or to send in reports of incidents for future lawsuits.

    And there was a fatwa already on how this TSA treatment violates islamic doctrine – as if they make the rules and we’d better respect them or else. Isnt that rich, given that last time I checked, muslims blowing up planes were the reason for all the airport security in the first place. (The Red Brigades havent been around since the 70′s Ruslan.)

    Last, lets look at the CAIR lawsuit against Oklahoma, where voters recently decided that there will be no sharia in the Sooner State. What could possibly be unreasonable about that, especially if as CAIR suggested there is zero chance of sharia ever being implemented in Oklahoma? If there is no chance, then whats the problem? Obviously word of numerous and well established sharia courts in the UK has spread its way across the Atlantic, and we have some forward thinking individuals taking steps to ensure that we all follow the same laws, which is as it should be.

    I am beginning to get the feeling that we are headed towards a Clash of Civilizations. If the moderates are to predominate, and said Clash to be avoided, they had better start speaking up soon. And I dont mean buy building friendship community centers next to GZ.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    The Obama administration hasn’t accomplished anything besides preserving Bush’s policies. Democrats were given a second chance in 2006- they blew it then, they blew it in 2008, and they blew it in 2010.

    @Stouch

    “They can kill all the Chrsitians in Baghdad,”

    They generally don’t kill Christians in Baghdad- at least the nationalists don’t. Do you know why? Because the Baath party was secular and had both Christians and Shiites in senior positions.

    ” slaughter Russian in Chechnya and Dagestan,”

    Most attacks in the Caucasus kill Muslims, not Russians. Very few Russians live in that part of the Caucasus anymore. Yeltsin caused that conflict, and Putin preserved it.

    ” kill Indians in Kashmir, and call for the elimination of the State of Israel, but oh no, lets not offend them no Sir.”

    You began this ridiculous rant with “they”, as if all Muslims are collectively responsible for this, and in any conflict involving Muslims they must be responsible. It’s idiocy.

  • Mitch Beales

    Lou Stouch here you come again spouting facts and figures like you have a clue. Put up or shut up!

  • Mitch Beales

    The results of the last election have more to do with who didn’t vote than who did. People need to stop complaining about what the Obama administration hasn’t accomplished and get out to the polls to provide the support it needs to accomplish more.

  • Robin White

    Just what the republican party needs! If this guy becomes the RNC chair it will cost them the election in 2012. The more ridiculous the right looks, as far as I am concerned, the better.

    And JenWren has it right, I think. In this past election we heard less from the candidates and more from their advertisers. The message seems to be that the debate goes to the loudest and not to the merits of the argument.

    It is a disturbing culture of hate–as if moral indignation and were a virtue and not a vice.

    With regard to the election itself (and paraphrasing Bob Dylan) money doesn’t talk, it swears. It had hoped that the Argument Culture (a la Deborah Tannin) would pass, but unfortunately it is still with us.

  • http://Hatewatch jenwren

    What Retired Beachcomber points out is unfortunately not unrealistic. I have the same uneasiness about the level of vitriol behind political and economic alliances. These last elections seemed to have been dominated by a simple process of gross misrepresentation of everything the current administration is achieving. I am disheartened that large portions of the public have swallowed what has been presented as news, and it has many elements in common with the public mentality during the Third Reich. And to think that incitement to murder is being passed off as literary is worse than sad; it is criminal. Let us encircle SPLC for its courageous, essential service in such times.

  • daemonesslisa

    Hey Paen…did you know the current German chancellor is pushing for a more pure Germany now (basically forcing “assimilation”)? So, this is looking like the far right in Germany now too.

  • Retired Beachcomber

    For years I’ve watched this type of hate grow. Today it is commonplace in the GOP as they attract more and more of their like-minded. Today the ranks of the GOP are swollen with hate and fascists and more and more they resemble the early days of Nazi Germany. The “special relationship” our government has with corporations is also beginning to strongly resemble the early days of Nazi Germany. Who will be our Hitler? Will America stop it before it’s too late? Or, will we awaken one night to to sound of boots marching to our neighbors homes — indeed, to our own homes? The GOP is out of control, as is our Supreme Court and corporations.

  • E Bauer

    From tokenism to terror? Oy!

  • Lou Stouch

    Well let me spicen up the conversation here a bit. “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day”? Geez, maybe the purpose of that is to take a position on illegal immigrants. Seems a solid majority want the laws enforced, but our vote buying politicos want amnesty. “Gays spread AID’s?” ah, yes, last time I checked. (PS: 1 in 5 homosexuals has AIDS and 40% of those are unaware of it.) “Koran Desecration Day” – oh we dont want to offend the muslims now, no. They can kill all the Chrsitians in Baghdad, slaughter Russian in Chechnya and Dagestan, kill Indians in Kashmir, and call for the elimination of the State of Israel, but oh no, lets not offend them no Sir.

    You know, maybe, just maybe, we white folk are getting a little sick and tired of hearing about how we are the root of all the worlds problems. And maybe, just maybe, this guy is the result.

  • Difluoroethane

    Is that an earring in Bristow’s right ear?

  • Sheila

    I hope that the media talks about this mans background, because they really don’t talk about AZ SB 1070 author Sen Russell Pearce’s background and his racist ties, with JT Ready. who just held a Neo Nazi rally in Phoenix

  • Ralph Carmouche

    Scharf, what are you talking about? This article isn’t about Steele.

  • Miles Fan

    you’re right Regina…these people definitely need to be watched…btw I doubt if any of the GOP leadership (Boener, Limbaugh, Palin, Cantor,etc) would denounce this guy and the irony is that Cantor is one of the people these two idiots hate

  • RockyMissouri

    Disgusting…….we have to rout these creeps out of our government….they have no place near us..!

  • John Lloyd Scharf

    You are certainly reaching here and if Steele were not a public figure you could be sued successfully. This is pathetic.

  • Regina 1959

    I agree Paen! It is scary to read about this young Bristow person. Who annointed him and his ilk the only ones in the country to be here? His idea of ridding native Americans makes me sick. Haven’t we done more than enough damage to the native Americans in the past? These people need to be watched as to their activities against all of us.

  • Paen

    The Republican party is getting to be more and more like the far right in Germany just after the first world war.

  • Difluoroethane

    Yikes, I’d heard about Anuzis before, but I never knew this! This whole thing makes the Chip Saltsman scandal look like small potatoes.

    And, predictably enough, “attempts to reach Anuzis to discuss Bristow were unsuccessful”. Why is it that these public figures always run like rabbits rather than ever apologize or let themselves be accountable for their own actions? It seems like a cowardly move by (or whoever was “protecting” him).

  • Mark Potok

    Thanks to Michigan — you’re right about Anuzis, and we’ve made the correction. Sorry for the error.

  • Michigan

    Small correction Anuzis is the former chair. He went for the RNC position before and was replaced with Ron Weiser

  • http://devlin-mcaliskey.blogspot.com/ Tom Shelley

    I haven’t read the article yet, but want to say this. About 1 year ago there was a brief period where the GOP were trying to convince people that Obama’s policies were “economic fascism.” The main person pushing this Anuzis. I did a post on my blog and sent some emails tellin g people about Anuzis’ great record fighting fascism, but apparently no one cared- I did searches on the Web and couldn’t find ANYTHING.

    The post I did is at- http://devlin-mcaliskey.blogsp.....igade.html

    Tom