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Former Congressman Tancredo to Address White Supremacists

By Ryan Lenz on June 19, 2012 - 4:31 pm, Posted in White Supremacist

Editor’s Note: On Wednesday — a day after failing to respond to Hatewatch’s request for comment — former congressman Tom Tancredo’s Team America PAC wrote Hatewatch to say, “Tom Tancredo is not speaking at the Council of Conservative Citizens” (CCC). The unsigned email did not say if Tancredo had withdrawn from the speaking engagement after receiving widespread criticism or had never agreed to speak. Hatewatch has in its possession a hard copy of the CCC newsletter, The Council Reporter, dated Spring 2012. Its front page article, about the CCC’s upcoming national conference, says, “This year’s conference features former Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) as the Saturday luncheon speaker” and features a color photo of Tancredo.

Tom Tancredo has no more secrets.

The former Republican congressman from Colorado, known for his biting anti-immigration rhetoric and campaign ads suggesting Latino immigrants are rapists and drug dealers, is scheduled to be the luncheon speaker at next month’s annual conference for the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC). The theme of the conference? “Multiculturalism – the Death of America.”

Sharing the dais with Tancredo will be a rogue’s gallery of the racist right, including James Edwards, who hosts the white nationalist Political Cesspool radio show; Don Black, the former Klansman best known for creating Stormfront.org, the first major Internet hate site; and Leonard Wilson, a longtime segregationist and Alabama commander for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a neo-Confederate group that, like Tancredo, staunchly opposes immigration.

For those who have watched Tancredo go through endless contortions to distance himself from his racist friends, speaking at a CCC conference seems to be a turning point. The time has passed to apologize for the company he keeps.

And what company it is.

Tancredo was already honorary chairman of Youth for Western Civilization (YWC), an ultraconservative student group that has actively cultivated relationships with white nationalist organizations such as the racist League of the South (LOS), whose leader Michael Hill recently penned an essay describing how white people are endowed with a “God-ordained superiority” and professing that it was a “monumental lie” that all men are created equal. In 2006, Tancredo delivered an anti-immigrant speech and sang “Dixie” at a barbecue advertised by the South Carolina chapter of the LOS.

But the CCC?

“Hey, it wasn’t like he was fooling anyone with his racist trash talk and associations, but [Tancredo] can’t hide it anymore,” One People’s Project, which first reported on Tancredo’s scheduled speech, wrote on its blog. “Now he needs to explain to everyone why we should still take him seriously.”

Tancredo did not return telephone messages seeking comment on his speech next month in Nashville. But with all that’s known about the CCC, he would be hard pressed for excuses if he still wanted to call himself anything other than a white nationalist. Since the late 1990s, when prominent Republican politicians like former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi and Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia gave important speeches to the group, the veneer that once concealed the CCC’s racism have all but dissolved.

Founded in 1985 by Gordon Baum, a workers’ compensation attorney and longtime white-power activist, the CCC rose from the ashes of the White Citizens Councils, a coalition of white supremacist groups formed throughout the South to defend school segregation after the Supreme Court outlawed it in the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision. In recent years, the CCC has devolved into a sounding board for crude racist jokes and baseless claims about blacks.

Somehow Tancredo has managed to stay above that fray, despite a history of racist comments, including one made in the midst of a political campaign in Illinois that vilified immigrants as an invading force “coming here to kill you and to kill me and our families.”

But breaking bread with the CCC? Without a doubt, Tancredo has found his comfort zone.

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  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

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  • Concerned Citizen

    on June 20th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I’m sorry, but did someone just pass gas? I can think of no other reason someone so odious as HS decided to show his ugly copypasta head again.

    And if you’re still around, Mr ‘Survivor’ if you’re still around, would you mind defining ‘white society’ for the class? We’re all very curious.

    I had to copy this and respond because this is very very funny to me.
    And I think it’s author needs to seriously consider some sort of professional work in comedy.

  • Reynardine

    Peter, we have strict, even prudish censors. They don’t let us swear, and for a while, I even had to write the number that comes before 70 as LXIX. Once, they took that down, too. They have allowed us a mild bit of rakishness since, but nothing you couldn’t say at a respectable cocktail party in 1963.

  • Apachecheynne

    America has not changed its color coding when it allows racist to run in state offices. We talk about Gays in every sense of the word, yet, like child molestors we allow for our country to have those who represent the People to have racist ovrertones, ads ana more…What is wrong with Justice? Is it so blind tht we cannot monitor the wrongs and rights of how to proceed to a future endeavor?

    A congressman for one is not the only Congressman to be noted. You will find Senators in long-term standing to be the same of Sothern self-prophesies! Take a look across these southern states, even to the north, the east the west and take them out of the ball park to be centered on news media that portrays itself to be in balance…Maybe we should use the BBC News, that way we can be sure of what is fact and opinion based…Inferences are just as bad because they create facts based on untrue falses.

  • Peter Hockley

    Reynardine, thanks for the heads up, I’ve spent the last few hours reading through old posts. You are right, he does cut and paste jobs. He also, I’m sure, posts under multiple names. I see what you mean about the name he posts under, poor soul, he is a very strange man. Unfortunately he is probably laughing at my total misapprehension of what he is trying to achieve with that awful handle of his/her’s. Bum!
    You’ve probably figured out that I’m British and not so up or your particular bunch of rightwing nuts! You should see some of ours!

    http://www.searchlightmagazine.com/

    http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/community-splash/

    A couple of links I’m sure will interest most of the more sensible commenters on SPLC. These are our British equivalents.
    The level of debate and civility here is an eye opener, I really don’t know how you guys manage to keep your temper with some of the trolls you get here! Happy birthday to the USA on the 4th.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Of course he’s not a Holocaust survivor; you have to understand the particular sub-culture of White Nationalists. They think the Holocaust was an evil Jewish plot aimed at shaming white Americans into not having babies and possibly inter-marrying with non-whites(only white female/black male or white male/East Asian female couples; no other variants are allowed in WN fantasy land).

    Didn’t you all learn about the Holocaust in school? Remember the part when your teacher told you that white people like yourself were responsible for the Holocaust? No, I don’t, but I’m probably just an idiot because I keep asking stupid questions such as, “Who are these people who are allegedly ‘flooding’ “white countries” with foreigners and forcing “white” folks to inter-marry with them?” So you can see why I probably spaced out during numerous history lessons about the Holocaust over several years. Is there anyone here who remembers that part of your lessons about the Holocaust? I certainly don’t.

    SHORT VERSION: White Nationalists are paranoid, delusional, and scared stiff about things that aren’t even really happening.

  • Tobias A. Weissman

    It is shameful to have elected former Congressman, Tom Tancredo to Congress so that he can legally spill his racist remarks about Latino’s. No one should declare a whole people to be this or that. Judgement should be based on actions by an individual. Whose to say that whites are all good or bad, or blacks, Chinese or any other group. Our Constitution & our Declaration of Independance says all men are created equal.

  • Reynardine

    Pete: I doubt this is any real Holocaust survivor. He thinks he’s being exterminated because “ril White” people are projected to become a demographic minority. I guarantee you he’s not a Joo.

  • Jack Wolford

    It has appeared for a long time that the Republican Party is trying to organise the White Supremicists along with the “nasty side of life” . They need the votes for sure .

  • boobeh

    The poetic justice in all this is that in the not too distant future all of these “white citizens,” and what fine citizens they are, will be in the minority. Then what will they do? I just wish I would be around when that happens. Those citizens make me ashamed of my white skin.

  • Peter Hockley

    Sorry guys didn’t realise that this particularly strange White Supremacist had been trolling this site before. I should really read the rest of the comments before I let my outrage get the better of me!

  • Peter Hockley

    Having reread your diatribe, I believe you are a white supremacist of some kind, so if your friends on Stormfront get an inkling of what you have just done in outing yourself as a camp survivor. I think you are going have an interesting time before you die as well as afterwards.

  • Peter Hockley

    “holocaust survivor said,

    ON JUNE 20TH, 2012 AT 8:55 AM
    “What scares me is that racist nationalism seems to have become the new normal”.

    By “racist” you mean White, of course.

    So in a White country White (“racist”) nationalism scares you.

    Would black nationalism in a black country scare you or would that be “racist”?

    Would Hispanic nationalism in an Hispanic country scare you or would that be “racist”?

    Would Asian nationalism in an Asian country scare you or would that be “racist”?

    Would Jewish nationalism in a Jewish country (Israel) scare you or would that be “racist”?

    But White nationalism in a White country scares you because anti-Whites like you believe Whites have no right to their own countries. Anti-Whites like you want to flood White countries and ONLY White countries with hundreds of millions of non Whites with whom Whites are forced to “assimilate”, ak.a. intermarry, in order to achieve diversity.

    Diversity is a code word for White genocide.

    Any White person who objects to his race’s genocide you decry as a “racist”.

    You say you are anti-racist but what you are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.”

    I and all the people here who support The SPLC condemn racism of all stripes. You as a Holocaust survivor must have seen all the people The Nazis put in the camps, the gypsies, the gay, the mentally handicapped, the trade union members, the black, the Asian, the freedom fighters and of course the Jews, also others too numerous to list here.
    I dislike any body who discriminates against anyone regardless of race creed or colour.
    How can some one who has escaped the hell on earth of the camps possibly say that the SPLC is anti white. Either you are a liar about your experiences in the camps or you have spent far too much in the right wing echo chamber or are you one of our Israeli brethren who agreed with the attacks you poor black compatriots in Israel last week. If so, if any of these scenarios seem to describe you, you only have my pity.
    As I believe you are a God Botherer of some stripe, according to your lights you will have an interesting time in the afterlife!

  • Reynardine

    Well, Ruslan, at least they claim that all “ril” white people *should* be racists, and those who aren’t are “cultural Marxists” and “race traitors” and maybe secretly Joos.

  • Linnea

    Can’t say I’m surprised to see Tancredo mixed up with the former White Citizens Councils crowd, no matter how much he tries to deny it. His Klan robes have been showing for a long time.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    It’s funny how these WNs get butthurt, claiming that the system declares only “whites” can be racists, and that all white people are racist. Then the very same people come up with these slogans which imply that all white people are indeed racist.

  • majii

    HS–I am a Black American who was raised under segregation in 1950s and 1960s America, and it would probably surprise you to know that I hate no one. I have no need to align myself with any specific group based on race. All I want is to be left alone to live my life as I choose. I couldn’t care less what whites, other blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, or any other groups in America are doing. They are also human beings and Americans and are entitled to lives their lives without interference from me or anyone else as long as they pay their taxes and obey the laws of our country. I am also a Christian, and I refuse to discriminate against anyone or support any type of separatist policy because I realize that if I’m fortunate to make into Heaven, there will be no discrimination or separatist policies there. Furthermore, I feel a need to inform you that most Black Americans don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about a race war, making plans to oppress the white man, or plotting to take the money and possessions of whites. These are conspiracy theories created by paranoid minds and believed by susceptible, paranoid individuals.

  • Dan Zabetakis

    “By “racist” you mean White, of course.”

    No, HS, by racist I mean racist. And by nationalist I mean nationalist. Get a mirror. That’s what I mean.

    The problem is that you and an increasing number of mouth-breathers are fully prepared to vote for gas chambers and genocide as soon some neo-fascist panders to your rampant bigotry and naked cowardice.

    Aren’t you even a little ashamed to spew the doctrine of Hitler, our nation’s greatest former enemy? You do know, do you not, that racist nationalism _lost_ the second World War? In the end, fascism didn’t serve Italy or Germany very well, did it?

    Since you hate America so much I wonder that you have not moved back to your ethnic homeland.

  • Reynardine

    Maybe they are all alike. Maybe several of these are the same guy. Maybe I need to apply certain linguistic skills to this stuff . Not now, though, dammit, I’m tired.

  • Reynardine

    Sorry, Ruslan, I meant a guy on another thread. I’d have made a rotten proctologist, because they all look alike.

  • Joseph

    I wrote a few screenplays. :)

  • Gregory

    Re: Tancredo– So many clichés, so little time. Birds of a feather and water finding its own level spring to mind, along with the company you keep, and so on and so forth. The cliché may be trite, but that does not mean that it is untrue.

    As for the Hologram Survivor, I am currently in one of those European countries that he refers to but has obviously never visited. Most would be horrified to find that he is using them as an example but there are a few who might agree with him. The surprise, however, is that after africans and arabs, the next in line for their disdain are cultural jock sniffers like HS.

    Rose just sounds like another Jason bot.

  • Reynardine

    Looks like they edited out that part, anyway. Oh, well. LXIX. And LXXXVI.

    (Screenwriting gets you tolerably used to using this stuff)

  • Reynardine

    Rose, are you aware there is a species called Rosa foetida?…

  • Reynardine

    Oh, well, Ruslan, he sorta threatened you physically, too, which is supposed to make people think he’s not afraid to stand up to “the Rooshians”. Isn’t he precious!

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    So as long as our resident Stormfronter “Holocaust survivor” keeps posting BS like this: “Anti-Whites like you want to flood White countries and ONLY White countries with hundreds of millions of non Whites with whom Whites are forced to “assimilate”, ak.a. intermarry, in order to achieve diversity.”

    I’m simply going to respond with an abridged version of the same thing I use every time I smack this stupid moron down.

    WHO is “flooding” “white countries?” NAMES, I want names.

    WHAT are “white countries.” Please stop confusing “European” for “white.” You need to take a trip to Europe and learn a serious lesson.

    WHO is forcing “whites” to intermarry non-whites? Again- NAMES. STORIES. EVIDENCE.

    Like I said before, this copypasta WNs like him post on here is designed to pick up recruits. What he doesn’t realize is how stupid he looks every time one of us shoots down his ridiculous, paranoid, delusional claims within seconds.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Rose darling, perhaps you need to learn to read? The SPLC deals with AMERICAN issues. Not Israeli. Please take your concern trolling elsewhere.

  • Rose

    Nationalists not “Supremacists”. Only jews think they are supreme.

  • Rose

    Why don’t you talk about Israel’s anti-immigration policy and nevermind about America’s immigration advocate.

  • Lone Wolf

    Dan Z,
    You can expect the bar being raised, should Obama get re-elected into his 2nd term. You’ll may see recognizable heads in the “mainstream” media, famous people, and even Congress who used to be “moderate”, fray from their longtime position to seek comfort in the Tancredo zone. You’re right, racism will become the norm.

    When the recent immigration statical report was released, showing large influx of Asians emigrating here. The racist tide will shift from anti-Hispanic towards anti-Asian. You’ll see more hate crimes being perpetrated on Asians by racist xenophobes on the right. It is a pattern we see here whenever there is change in the racial demographics.

  • Reynardine

    Gee, Holo, those voices in your head are to be congratulated for answering your questions so fast. Just let us know when they say something you didn’t expect.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    I’m sorry, but did someone just pass gas? I can think of no other reason someone so odious as HS decided to show his ugly copypasta head again.

    And if you’re still around, Mr ‘Survivor’ if you’re still around, would you mind defining ‘white society’ for the class? We’re all very curious.

  • holocaust survivor

    “What scares me is that racist nationalism seems to have become the new normal”.

    By “racist” you mean White, of course.

    So in a White country White (“racist”) nationalism scares you.

    Would black nationalism in a black country scare you or would that be “racist”?

    Would Hispanic nationalism in an Hispanic country scare you or would that be “racist”?

    Would Asian nationalism in an Asian country scare you or would that be “racist”?

    Would Jewish nationalism in a Jewish country (Israel) scare you or would that be “racist”?

    But White nationalism in a White country scares you because anti-Whites like you believe Whites have no right to their own countries. Anti-Whites like you want to flood White countries and ONLY White countries with hundreds of millions of non Whites with whom Whites are forced to “assimilate”, ak.a. intermarry, in order to achieve diversity.

    Diversity is a code word for White genocide.

    Any White person who objects to his race’s genocide you decry as a “racist”.

    You say you are anti-racist but what you are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

  • Mr Weekend

    Aron -
    As a person who really enjoys weasels in the wild, I take great offense at your comparison of Tancredo to this noble beast!! LOL!!!!

  • Dan Zabetakis

    What scares me is that racist nationalism seems to have become the new normal. Tancredo, and a large cadre of fellow travelers, are still “mainstream”; while anyone who dares to suggest that the President does not have the authority to order people killed without charge or trial is considered a dangerous liberal.

    I mean, when Obama is decried as a socialist, and the accusers are not laughed off TV and the internet, how close are we to the election of outright fascists?

    Did you ever notice how many of the far-right groups there are? What groups are there that are even left-of-center? (BTW, I consider the SPLC to be essentially centrist since they espouse values that I was always told were the American Way…)

  • DrMJG

    As one considers the career path of Tancredo, is anyone really shocked. His political career is dust; his only way of keeping in the news is this stuff.

  • Ithink

    ^You beat to that opening remark and refrain, Aron! But fret not my friend and knwo in your heart that there is no bad business or inappropriate associations for the the American Radical Rightist, especially in the arena of white supremacy/nationalism when there’s certain Other(s) occupying the so-self-entitled-and-not-ironically-monikered ‘White House’. Its only the ever pervasive and outsized communist, socialist, ‘cancerous’ liberal/progressive and cultural marxist coalition that ever has to worry about character assassination, censorship and invasion of privacy from the a lame-stream media and its willfully ignorant bystanders.

    Mark my words, somebody @ Fox or in the darkest echo chambers of the Reich-Wing blogosphere will hear this and blast cleverly clipped Jeremiah Wright screeds as a response, claiming that the only ‘real’ racists are to be found supporting anything Obama and the ‘militant and monolithic’ black voting constituency. There is no sound reason in projecting or mentioning this threat to at least 15-20% of the Authoritarian American mindset present in our total population (i.e. all Tea Partiers and most Republicans)…

  • ModerateMike

    I don’t think he is going to try to weasel himself out of anything anymore. It was useful to Tancredo to distance himself from openly racist groups in the past when he was still attempting to shape immigration policy, but with the spectacular victories that anti-immigrant groups like FAIR have enjoyed despite their documented racist ties, he is probably feeling like he has little to lose.

    You can bet that Tancredo will rant about the President’s decision to delay the deportation of young immigrants at his upcoming speaking engagement, and that many of his former colleagues in Congress will be more than happy to overlook his remarks, no matter how savagely racist.

  • Reynardine

    His ancestors must have come over on the Niña, the Pinta, or the Santa Maria, of course.

  • Erika

    Aron, with the way things are getting on the right, will he even have to?

  • Lone Wolf

    Let me guess if anyone from Arizona would show up, which is unlikely:

    Just turned 80 years old, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The corrupt senile “shurf” who is currently under investigation by the D.O.J. and is being sued by numerous entities.

    and

    Neo-Nazi associating (J.T. Ready approved) demagogue Russell Pearce, the co-author of the atrocious “breathing while brown law” SB1070.

    I’d be surprised if they are in attendance.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Surprise, surprise. Let’s see how he manages to weasel himself out of this one…