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Trump Loyalist Dave Brat’s White Nationalist Ties

Trump Supporters in Virginia: Rebel Brigade Knights of the KKK

CORRECTION:  This article originally and incorrectly stated that the Southern Poverty Law Center was investigating Dave Brat for his white nationalist ties.  They have not opened an investigation on Dave Brat.  I had been told that material sent to them had been forwarded to their investigation desk and I misunderstood what that meant.  My apologies to the SPLC.

An article first published in Blue Virginia explores the ties Trump loyalist Dave Brat  (VA-7) may have to racist and anti-Semitic white nationalist organizations.  As outlined in the article, these ties are in some cases purely ideological, with Brat’s views in lockstep with those of the Imperial Wizard of the Virginia-based Rebel Brigade of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan who, when asked whom he was supporting for president, said, “I think Donald Trump would be best for the job. The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes we believe in.”

But the connections can be more tangible.  Brat, in his 2014 pgheen-tweetrimary run against Eric Cantor, accepted help (discussed below) from the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), despite its well-known ties to extremist groups.  In 2009, the Anti-Defamation League had shown that ALIPAC is promoted by neo-Nazi, white supremacist, and skinhead groups.  In 2013, ALIPAC’s leader William Gheen won the dubious distinction of being among the worst xenophobic leaders in the eyes of Right Wing Watch.

These facts did not give Dave Brat one moment’s pause.  On the contrary, he sought and received  ALIPAC’s endorsement early 2014.  Moreover, ALIPAC made GOTV robocalls for Brat in the crucial final days of the primary.  Months later, Gheen quoted Brat and bragged about ALIPAC’s part in Brat’s victory as part of a fundraising effort:

From http://williamgheen.com/quotes/

“Take a look at what the man we helped to defeat Eric Cantor last year has to say! He is saying what we have been saying for you through ALIPAC about this situation!

“’This [the immigration executive action] is about a Constitutional stand…if we don’t make a stand here, where will it end? And so the nature of our government is in question, and so that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing, and Boehner has said he’s going to fight it tooth and nail and so we’re going to hold him to that.’ — Representative Dave Brat (R-VA)


Gheen (in front with flag) outside the Mexican consulate in Raleigh, NC (williamgheen.com)

“Don’t let America’s only Political Action Committee dedicated to electing people like Dave Brat and targeting people like amnesty supporter Eric Cantor for defeat over immigration issues falter in our mission! Do you remember how our unique robotic phone call contacted thousands of voters in Eric Cantor’s district to warn them of his support for Amnesty for illegals?….” (emphasis mine)

Dave Brat is not only ALIPAC’s guy – he gets around.  In 2014, Brat was endorsed by, and has since received thousands of dollars from, US Immigration Reform PAC (USIRPAC).  This extremist anti-immigration group is headed by Mary Lou Tanton, wife of John Tanton, former USIRPAC board member and founder of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, according to whom:

“Tanton has a lengthy record of friendly correspondence with Holocaust deniers, a former Klan lawyer and leading white nationalist thinkers, including Jared Taylor (who wrote in 2005, ‘When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization — any kind of civilization — disappears’)….Tanton enthused over the work of John Trevor Sr. — a key architect of the bluntly racist Immigration Act of 1924 and a man who distributed pro-Nazi propaganda and warned shrilly of ‘diabolical Jewish control’ of America….Tanton has also made several racist comments, telling a reporter in 1997 that unless U.S. borders are sealed, America will be overrun by people ‘defecating and creating garbage and looking for jobs.'”

It sure seems to this writer that Dave Brat has been consorting with despicable, extremist, and dangerous actors.

Fortunately, voters in VA-7 have a wonderful and SANE alternative in Democrat Eileen Bedell.  To learn more about Eileen and to help her rid Conbedell-and-kainegress of Dave Brat, click:





  • Brat’s also an anti-choice extremist; check this out from his FB page.

    Dear Friends,
    I was just made aware of a political hit piece brought on by people supposedly from our own side, which explains a lot about why we are finding it harder to win elections. With respect to my National Pro-Life Alliance candidate survey, the author of the piece cites my survey responses only, while ignoring all of my comments that were provided in an attachment. The comments explain the constitutional basis for my positions. As a matter of note, this is the same survey that I completed in 2014, where I answered all questions in the same way, with attached comments.

    You all have seen my work in Congress to date, you have met and talked with me on many occasions, and you know that I do not lie or veer away from my principles. My votes for pro-life issues are well documented by other organizations. My answers on the survey, absent the explanatory comments, would seemingly contradict all of my stated positions and voting history to date. However, the author of the hit piece made no attempt to contact me for clarification.

    On the survey attachment, I make it abundantly clear in my response to the very first question that I am ardently pro-life and would not vote for any legislation that forwards the pro-abortion agenda. It doesn’t get any more clear than that.

    Last night, Donald Trump trounced Hillary Clinton by making the exact argument that I made in my survey responses — that in some situations the best strategy is to win at the state level. The 10th amendment of the Constitution of the United States makes clear that when the people are closer to the policymakers, the policymakers are that much more accountable to the people. With a majority of Americans –especially young Americans– embracing the pro life position, change at the state level could likely be easier and within our reach.

    I take all issues very seriously; I spend the time and take care to get it right. You can always count on me to stand firmly for our God-given freedoms and especially for the sanctity of life.

  • Tell us about Bedell. We know Brat is an enormous hypocrite and a hater.

  • Julie

    Hello commonwealth,

    Eileen Bedell is a centrist Democrat. She spells out her positions pretty thoroughly at bedellforvirginia.com.