Lydia Smith — The Independent Jan 4, 2018
The mother of a neo-Nazi who co-runs the white supremacist website Daily Stormer has said he has Jewish relatives on “both sides of his family”.
Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer, who has previously said Jewish children “deserve to die”, comes from a “large, mixed-race family” and is of Jewish descent and Native American heritage, his mother Alyse told Newsweek.
Auernheimer, 32, from Arkansas, who runs the technical side of the website alongside editor Andrew Anglin, has been estranged from his mother for more than ten years, she told the magazine.
He is believed to be in Ukraine, where he has lived since serving a prison sentence in the United States on a computer hacking charge.
The Daily Stormer lost it’s dot-com status in August 2017 and struggled to find a provider to host the site after insulting Heather Heyer, who was killed by a neo-Nazi while protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Auernheimer responded on the podcast Radical Agenda that the suppression of free speech would leave white supremacists no choice but to kill the children of their enemies.
“If you don’t let us dissent peacefully, then our only option is to murder you. To kill your children. To kill your whole families,” he said last month.
“There is only one thing absent free speech that we can do to express our dissent and that’s to slaughter you like dogs, and you’re gonna have it coming and your children will deserve to die.”
Auernheimer’s Jewish ancestry was first reported by Gawker in 2012, but this is the first time a family member has spoken about his heritage.