Legal action threatened after ADL publishes ‘murder hit list’ of prominent Trump supporters

On Tuesday, the Times of Israel reported that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) produced a list of what the Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft called a “murder hit list” of 36 “leaders” of the alt-right and so-called “alt-lite” movement. In addition to well-known alt-right leader Richard Spencer and others like him, the ADL listed the Rebel Media’s Gavin McInnes and Jack Posobiec, Mike Cernovich, Milo Yiannopoulos and Lucian Wintrich, a writer for the Gateway Pundit who covers the White House for the pro-Trump blog.  As a result, Hoft threatened “further action” if Wintrich is not removed from the list.

The Times of Israel said:

Highlighting the growing influence of the alt-right movement, the Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday released a roster of its major players — people ranging from neo-Nazis to conservative politicians to internet trolls.

The storied anti-Semitism watchdog published a new guide — a “Who’s Who?” — of 36 activists and leaders of the alt-right and alt-lite, saying they “personify” these movements “at a time of increased public activity.”

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ADL officials said the lists were needed to help understand and track the movements and the various ideologies they represent, underlining concerns in the Jewish community and elsewhere of the growing prominence of hate groups in the US under President Donald Trump.

“In the past year, members of the alt right and alt lite have been increasingly at odds with each other, even as they hold public rallies to promote their extreme views,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said. “We want people to understand who the key players are and what they truly represent.”

Greenblatt, Posobiec said on Twitter, served as a “Special Assistant” to former President Barack Obama.


According to Greenblatt’s ADL:

In just one year, the alt right has gone from relative obscurity to being one of the United States’ most visible extremist movements. This stratospheric rise is due in large part to the rhetoric employed during the 2016 presidential campaign, which granted implicit approval to the once-taboo hallmarks of the far right – overt racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, misogyny, and anti-Muslim bigotry.

You can’t discuss the alt right without mentioning the “alt lite,” a loosely connected movement of right-wing activists who reject the overtly white supremacist ideology of the alt right, but whose hateful impact is more significant than their “lite” name suggests. The alt lite embraces misogyny and xenophobia, and abhors “political correctness” and the left.

Translation: Anyone who supports Donald Trump or disagrees with liberal ideology.

“This is further complicated by the emergence of the alt lite, which operates in the orbit of the alt right, but has rejected public displays of white supremacy. Both movements’ hateful ideologies are still somewhat fluid, as are the lines that separate them,” said Oren Segal, who directs the ADL’s Center on Extremism.

Hoft responded:

The report is full of slanderous statements and argues that the conservative movement leaders in America today are white supremacists and anti-Semites…

He added:

Mike Cernovich led the Trump movement in the run-up to the 2016 election and broke numerous anti-Hillary stories.

Gavin McInnes leads the Proud Boys (a patriotic American fraternity) movement and is an extremely popular radio host at both Rebel Media and Compound Media.

Popular New Right reporter Jack Posobiec also made the list.  He actually held a rally AGAINST political violence.

Of Wintrich, Hoft said:

Lucian Wintrich is also an open gay conservative and the grandson of a Nazi occupation survivor. Lucian’s grandfather, a Jew, fled the Nazis in Poland and came to America penniless. Again – Lucian is the grandson of a Nazi occupation survivor – and yet the ADL is claiming that he is racist, anti-Semite and right-wing extremist. That is how crazy the current incarnation of the left is. If you are a patriotic American who believes in conservative values – progressives label that as “extremism”.

In short, Hoft said, the ADL put a target on all of Donald Trump’s supporters.

Cernovich responded sharply, accusing the ADL of trying to get his family murdered:


“Today, they released a hate list identifying me as some kind of purveyor of hate or something like that. And after the shooting of Scalise and others, they’re kind to get me murdered. There’s no question what they’re doing,” he said, according to a post at Yiannopoulos’ website.  “They’re inciting terrorism against me and my family and everyone else they happen to not agree with.”

Posobiec invoked George Orwell’s classic 1984:


Tara McCarthy, another person on the ADL’s list, posted this video:

Yiannopoulos further said it’s not quite clear what the ADL wants to accomplish with its list, but many on Twitter said the group is trying to incite violence and the possible murder of prominent Trump supporters.




“This is not the first time the ADL has accused individuals of being members of the alt right and alt lite,” Yiannopoulos said, adding:

In June of this year, the organization published a statement condemning a Rally Against Political Violence in Washington D.C.

In the statement, the organization accused those involved in the rally of being “white supremacists and their apologists.”

The rally was attended by the likes of Jack Posobiec and Mike Cernovich.

He concluded: “The ADL at the time provided no evidence to back up its claim that those involved in the Rally Against Political Violence were ‘white supremacists and their apologists.'”


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