Even though alt-right figure Richard Spencer's mother Sherry has stated she "unequivocally" does not agree with her son's "extreme positions," ABC FOX Montana's David Winter doxxed her home address so she can be targeted for harassment.
This is truly beyond the pale and should trouble everyone regardless of their opinion on Richard Spencer.
From ABC FOX Montana:
An ABC FOX Montana investigation tonight into Richard Spencer, the part-time Whitefish resident who is inspiring white supremacists across the country.David Winter literally goes into Sherry's Facebook page and shares picture of her hugging her son in order to attack her.
Our reporting has uncovered an unexpected by-product of Spencer's notoriety - - a family and a community torn apart.
Spencer’s latest news-storm came last week when he spoke at Texas A & M, provoking heated confrontation and once-again, mentions of Montana - - and Whitefish specifically - - as his part-time home.
So, we went back to Whitefish - - and here's what we uncovered.
Richard Spencer was raised in Texas, but has been spending time in Whitefish for years with his family. His mother, Sherry Spencer, still lives in a beautiful home at Whitefish Mountain Resort. She also runs a business downtown, but perhaps not for long.
"Hail trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!" says Richard Spencer.
In a speech last month at the National Policy Institute's annual convention, the crowd's Nazi-like response rocketed Richard Spencer into the media stratosphere. But back here on Earth, and specifically in Whitefish, the war over Spencer's white nationalist views has locals fighting battles in the newspaper and on the street - - 22 Lupfer Avenue specifically.
It’s a new building in Whitefish's downtown historic district. First owned by Richard Spencer, and now owned by his mother, Sherry. There are vacation rentals on the top floor, businesses lease at street-level.
But Sherry says her son's political views - - and his detractors - - are forcing her to sell the property. In an email to us, Sherry says, "As painful as this is, I am exploring a potential sale of the building."
One of those detractors is Tanya Gersh, a prominent member of the community, who told me in an email: "She (Sherry) is profiting off of the people of the local community, all the while having facilitated Richard’s work spreading hate by letting him live and use her home address for his organization.”
Virginia’s state corporation commission still lists Sherry's home as the principle office location for Richard’s white nationalist organization, The National Policy Institute. And a dive into Sherry's Facebook page supports the fact that Richard has spent a substantial amount of time with his mother in Whitefish, snow skiing, water skiing, hiking, holidays.
Sherry’s Facebook page also has photos of her son when he spoke at the Mencken Club's annual gathering in 2010, A group the Southern Poverty Law Center refers to as “A band of white nationalists and pseudo academic racists.” Pictures also show Sherry and her husband attending.
In Sherry's email to me, she says, "As parents, we deeply love our son, as we always will. We unequivocally do not agree with the extreme positions espoused by Richard."
She goes on to say, "We are stunned by the actions of Love Lives Here, an organization claiming to advocate tolerance and equal treatment of all citizens, yet coursing financial harm to many innocent parties."
Raw Story reported this targeted harassment of Spencer's mother with glee.
While sharing Spencer's mother's home address adds nothing to the story, it does endanger her life.
Richard Spencer is currently public enemy number one in the media with hundreds of articles attacking him as a "neo-nazi" being written every day.
Just a few weeks ago, Politico's national editor Michael Hirsh shared Spencer's two home addresses on Facebook and suggested people bring "baseball bats" to violently attack him.
Politico immediately fired Hirsh as soon as they found out, recognizing such harassment is completely beyond the pale.
ABC FOX Montana's David Winter apparently feels this type of harassment is not only fair game, but Spencer's mother should be the one in the crosshairs.
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