‘The next David Duke’?
Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Worker Party is written about as “the new face of white supremacy.”
— Matthew Heimbach (@MatthewHeimbach) June 6, 2016
Heimbach, 25, has either personally worked with or has connections to almost a dozen white supremacist organizations. Dubbed “The Little Führer” by the SPLC and the “next David Duke” by the Washington Post, he describes himself as “self-radicalized”. He’s the sort of man who quotes infamous Nazi doctor Joseph Goebbels on Twitter, and he’s been banned from the U.K. and excommunicated from the Orthodox Christian Church for his inflammatory rhetoric. He’s gained media attention for violently shoving a protester at a Donald Trump rally and attacking a participant with a cross at an anti-rape “Slut Walk.” Now, he’s focusing on the development of a political party to build support for the rising white nationalist movement.
When he was in high school, Heimbach encountered the writings of neo-conservative Pat Buchanan and has relied on his writings for insight ever since. This is the Buchanan who called the “aging, dying, disappearing” of people of European descent “the existential crisis of the West” and said that the “rise of egalitarian society means the death of free society.” Lately, Heimbach’s also been taken with Corneliu Codreanu, a far-right Romanian politician from the 20th century. Codreanu was—like Heimbach today—deeply anti-Semitic.
Inspired by these thinkers, Heimbach’s own philosophy relies on racial realism. Racial realism claims that different races are inherently distinct from each other—despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary. He also pulls from the far-right European concept of identitariansim. The premise of identitarianism is that regions should be split up along cultural and ethnic lines. In America, this translates to creating communities based on racial identities; this is why he suggests that cities like Atlanta, which is predominantly black, should become exclusively black.
“I support white power, black power, brown power, and yellow power,” Heimbach has said. “All races should be the dominant political force in their region. That is why America needs to be divided into smaller, ethnically and culturally homogeneous states … We need to stop the hate and separate.”