Antisemites of the Week: The Capitol Hill Rioters – Brien James, Tim Gionet, and Matthew Heimbach
On January 6th, 2021, America experienced one of the darkest days in its history as the U.S Capitol was breached by a mob hoping to stop the certification of the 2020 elections.
As photos and videos of this horrific event circulated online and in the media, some of the rioters were identified.
Three white supremacists and known antisemites were amongst the participants in the Capitol Hill Riots.
Gionet participated in the 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally where he was observed chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “Hitler did nothing wrong”.
On social media, he has frequently promoted the Fourteen Words, a white supremacist slogan about preserving the white race. He was permanently banned from Twitter after posting a photoshopped image of a Jewish woman inside a gas chamber oven.
Brian James is a long-time white supremacist, founder of the skinhead group ‘Vinlanders Social Club’ and former member of the KKK Indiana chapter.
In 2000, James boasted about punching and stomping on a man to the brink of death at a party in Indianapolis for refusing to perform a ‘Seig Heil’ Nazi salute.
Matthew Heimbach is the founder of ‘Traditionalist Youth Network’, a white nationalist movement aimed at high school children and college students. Heimbach also heads up the neo-Nazi ‘Neo-Confederate League of the South’.
Heimbach was fined $12,000 for his involvement in planning the 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally where participants were famously heard chanting “Jews will not replace us” and a counter-protester was killed.
Matthew Heimbach was quoted as saying “We are all comrades in the struggle against International Jewry and the Zionist State.”
The despicable actions of these men show us once again that antisemitism starts with the Jews but never ends with the Jewish people. Antisemites pose a real threat to all Americans and we must unite to fight against them!