Years earlier than he helped purge his native elections board, Michigan GOP official Shane Trejo hosted a podcast known as Blood Soil and Liberty with a member of a white supremacist group.
Shane Trejo, chair of Michigan’s eleventh District Republican Committee, made headlines earlier this 12 months when he inspired the ouster of a fellow Republican who had voted to certify President Joe Biden’s election. “It is best to stop all of your GOP posts and by no means present your face at an occasion ever once more,” Trejo texted the Republican elections official, whom he and different Republicans later blocked from re-nomination for workplace. Beforehand in 2020, Trejo had unfold election-fraud conspiracy theories as a author for the far-right website Huge League Politics.
However Huge League Politics wasn’t even Trejo’s most excessive enterprise on the far proper. The native Republican chair used to host a podcast with a member of the white supremacist group Identification Evropa. The co-host, Alex Witoslawski, was recorded on an Identification Evropa management webinar giving fascists recommendation on make themselves interesting to mainstream conservatives.
Trejo didn’t return The Day by day Beast’s request for remark. His participation within the Blood Soil and Liberty podcast was beforehand flagged in 2019 by Gizmodo reporter Tom McKay, who famous that the podcast was racist even by the requirements of Huge League Politics, the place Trejo works.
The podcast ran for 15 episodes beginning in 2017, and seems to have been yanked from the web by its creators the next 12 months. Some podcasting websites nonetheless host its episode titles and descriptions stay on-line.
“Libertarian nationalist podcasters Shane Trejo – a states rights activist within the patriot motion for a few years – and Alex Witoslawski – former conservative political operative turned American Renaissance author – talk about present occasions from a persistently uncucked perspective,” the podcast description reads. “Widespread targets of derision embody commie trash, losertarians, cuckservatives, thots, tokens, welfare migrants, and the French.” (American Renaissance is a white supremacist web site. “Tokens” refers to individuals deemed to be “token” members of a minority group.)
Episode titles embody “It’s OK To Be White, Proper And Christian,” “Roy Moore Dindu Nuffin,” “The Paul Nehlen Capsule,” and “Tanner Flake For Fuhrer.”
The titles are a time capsule of racist slogans from 2017. “It’s OK to be white” was a meme associated with an alt-right trolling campaign across the time of the podcasts. “Dindu nuffin” is one other alt-right meme denigrating Black individuals, whereas Roy Moore was a Republican Senate nominee accused of sexual misconduct in opposition to minor ladies. Paul Nehlen was a white supremacist congressional candidate who promoted terror ways on-line. Tanner Flake is an ex-senator’s son who was caught utilizing the display screen identify that included a racial slur and referenced killing Black individuals.
“Witoslawski repeatedly known as for a white “ethnostate” with “an immigration system that nearly excludes non-European immigrants.” ”
Though the audio from the podcasts is now not out there, Trejo and Witoslawski seem to have spoken favorably about white supremacists, describing Nehlen “as the primary alt-right candidate for public workplace.” (The podcast’s web site makes use of the time period “alt-right” favorably, together with in an essay wherein Witoslawski describes himself as a member of the motion.)
The podcast didn’t strive onerous to obscure its political leanings.
“Blood and soil” is a Nazi slogan “utilized in Germany to evoke the thought of a pure ‘Aryan’ race and the territory it needed to overcome,” in response to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Since then, it has been adopted by neo-Nazis; the white supremacists who marched on Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 famously chanted the slogan the night time earlier than one in every of them murdered a lady together with his automobile.
The Blood Soil and Liberty podcast launched quickly after that lethal rally. The podcast’s web site, which hosted self-proclaimed alt-right blogs, was registered simply 4 days after the automobile assault, throughout a tumultuous second for the alt-right. However as a substitute of disavow the racist motion, as some on the precise did, Blood Soil and Liberty got here to the protection of the alt-right and teams that had marched in Charlottesville.
In an essay on the podcast’s web site, Trejo’s cohost Witoslawski answered questions concerning the motion “from my very own alt-right or ‘blood and soil’ libertarian perspective.” In that essay, Witoslawski repeatedly known as for a white “ethnostate” with “an immigration system that nearly excludes non-European immigrants.” “Most Jews” and members of Black Lives Matter “needs to be inspired via authorities coverage to depart the nation and resettle in their very own ethnostates,” Witoslawski wrote on the podcast’s web site.
Different articles on the positioning embody a blog post defending white supremacist Christopher Cantwell, an essay by “Ray Adolfson” who describes going to a “white lives matter” rally in November 2017, the place a number of distinguished Charlottesville marchers have been in attendance.
“I had the possibility to satisfy and converse with members from the entire teams that attended the rally together with the Traditionalist Employees Get together, Vanguard America, the Nationwide Socialist Motion, Identification Europa, Atomwaffen, and others,” Adolfson wrote. (An overtly pro-terror group, Atomwaffen’s small membership was linked to five deaths in just eight months starting in 2017.)
One other essay on the positioning, by Identification Evropa member James Allsup, was a protection of the alt-right within the days after the lethal Charlottesville rally, which Allsup had attended. Allsup’s essay was beforehand revealed on the web site “The Liberty Conservative,” the place Trejo was a information editor. When The Liberty Conservative eliminated Allsup’s article, citing stress from Google’s promoting platform, Trejo penned a blog post defending Allsup, whose article he claimed “contained no offensive content material (it was merely distinguishing the various variations between the alt-right and literal Nazis).”
For some on the alt-right, particularly in Identification Evropa, Allsup was a prototype for infiltrating extra mainstream Republican establishments. In 2018, The Daily Beast first reported, Allsup ran uncontested for a neighborhood Republican position in Washington. He quickly bragged about his appointment on an Identification Evropa podcast.
“Blood Soil and Liberty got here to the protection of the alt-right and teams that had marched in Charlottesville.”
“You may have a seat on the desk,” Allsup stated of successful Republican places of work. “And that’s an important factor, getting that seat on the desk, and you may get that seat on the desk by, sure, displaying up, sure, by bringing individuals in, and once more this doesn’t essentially solely need to be IE members.”
Allsup’s native Republican committee later ejected him. Nonetheless, the far proper continued to quote his political profession as one to emulate. “We are able to’t all be Andrew Anglin,” a racist podcaster noted in 2018, namedropping a very noxious neo-Nazi, “however 10,000 of us will be James Allsup.”
In a separate podcast appearance with Identification Evropa chief Patrick Casey, Witoslawski described ways for making the group appear extra palatable to a broader swath of Republicans. Leaked Identification Evropa chat logs present Witoslawski giving the identical recommendation, in additional candid phrases, telling members to “successfully keep away from questions” concerning the group’s true motives.
“The second you say ‘We’re not Nazis’ […] that’s going to be the subject of the media report, it’ll be whether or not or not we’re Nazis. And that isn’t a dialog we need to have,” Witoslawski stated, in response to chats published by the outlet Unicorn Riot. “We need to have a dialog about our points and our matters, not whether or not or not we’re Nationwide Socialists, proper?”
(In a at the moment ongoing civil trial in opposition to contributors within the Charlottesville rally, a former Identification Evropa organizer testified that members of the group embraced neo-Nazi language, utilizing the slogan “did you see Kyle?” and a discrete Nazi salute as a approach of saying “sieg heil” in public.)
Trejo, who has authored articles in protection of Allsup on a number of web sites, has discovered his personal path to politics.
In a now-deleted Huge League Politics publish shortly earlier than the 2020 election, Trejo shared audio from inside a coaching session for elections officers. Trejo claimed the clip confirmed officers practising to flip votes and destroy ballots. The audio demonstrated nothing of the type, the Detroit Free Press reported on the time. Nonetheless, Trejo’s deleted article was cited by election fraud conspiracy theorists as Biden appeared poised to win Michigan. When a Republican elections canvasser licensed Biden’s victory final November, Trejo texted her to stop her GOP posts and by no means seem at one other public occasion.
By February, Trejo was named chair of Michigan’s eleventh Congressional District Republican Committee—a task that gave him partial management over the district’s elections canvassers. The Republican canvasser who had licensed Biden’s election discovered herself blocked from re-nomination to the publish, she told The Daily Beast last month.
As a substitute, Trejo and friends chosen a brand new Republican canvasser, who told the Detroit Free Press that he wouldn’t have licensed Biden’s victory.
“I imagine they have been inaccurate,” the brand new canvasser informed the Free Press of Michigan’s votes, including that he had heard rumors concerning the vote from different individuals. “I don’t know, I wasn’t there, you recognize? It’s onerous to second-guess that type of stuff till you’re there, that’s one purpose I needed to be on the committee.”