White nationalist Matthew Heimbach pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in the assault of a protester at a 2016 campaign event for Donald Trump in Louisville, Kentucky.
Despite insisting he was following the directions of Donald Trump during the assault, white nationalist Matthew Heimbach has had a change of heart and pleaded guilty.
Heimbach, 26, was originally charged with harassment with physical contact, a misdemeanor, when he screamed and yelled at Kashiya Nwanguma and repeatedly pushed her. The assault that was captured on video.
On Wednesday, Heimbach was fined $145 and sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct, a lesser charge. District Court Judge Stephanie Pearce Burke suspended the jail time so long as Heimbach avoids being charged with another offense in the next two years.
Heimbach leads the Traditionalist Worker Party and its sister organization, the Traditionalist Youth Network, both of which advocate for racially pure nations and communities and blame Jews for many of the world's problems. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Heimbach became one of the most vocal — though hardly the most influential — white nationalist supporters of then candidate Trump.
"It seems pretty clear to me based on the other rallies and the rallies afterward that Mr. Trump had an expectation of deputizing the crowd to be able to help provide security as these disruptions were happening where there was violence against Trump supporters," Heimbach said at a hearing in June, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.