As we've reported, alleged Capitol Hill white supremacist William Scott Planer was recently arrested in Colorado Springs on a charge that he put an anti-Semitic sticker on a synagogue, after which authorities discovered that he's wanted in California on an assault charge. Now, the Traditionalist Worker Party, which has been described as an extremist group, is conducting an online fundraiser for Planer's defense in which it claims he was merely defending himself and is being victimized because of political pressure from leftists.
In our previous post about Planer, published on July 19, we pointed out that the blogspot for Rocky Mountain Antifa (slogan: "Never Give Fascists the Streets") warned about the residents of a house on the 1400 block of Ogden Street in a post this past December.
One line from the piece makes reference to "a neo-nazi nest of sloppy drunks who regularly harass, intimidate and sometimes attack people walking by." Planer is specifically mentioned in the item, and he also appeared on fliers that were on view throughout Capitol Hill around this period.
More recently, on the morning of June 10, a security camera captured video of two individuals affixing stickers reading "Fight Terror, Nuke Israel" to the door of the Chabad Lubavitch Jewish Center in Colorado Springs. The clip was subsequently released to news agencies such as KRDO-TV, and the publicity was likely key to the vandalism arrest of Planer on July 14.
In its own blog post about this development, Denver's branch of the Anti-Defamation League provided more background on Planer's California troubles; he faces an assault-with-a-deadly-weapon beef for a June 2016 clash in Sacramento.
The ADL also notes that Planer has been associated with the Traditionalist Worker Party, attending a TWP rally in Kentucky this past April during which he wore a T-shirt with the organization's logo while repeatedly giving "the Nazi salute." He also attended an anti-Muslim March Against Sharia event in Denver, where he was captured in photos by Westword's Kyle Harris.
By the way, the Southern Poverty Law Center page for the Traditionalist Worker Party describes the TWP like so:
The Traditionalist Worker Party is a white nationalist group that advocates for racially pure nations and communities and blames Jews for many of the world’s problems. Even as it claims to oppose racism, saying every race deserves its own lands and culture, the group is intimately allied with neo-Nazi and other hardline racist organizations that espouse unvarnished white supremacist views.
The text for the page is reproduced below in its entirety. But note that Planer's actions in Sacramento are portrayed as entirely justified. One line reads, "In the entire history of the 'self-defense' defense, there may not be a more clear-cut open-and-shut case of self-defense than what Will Planer is facing."
Another passage casts Planer as a defender of old-fashioned American values: "Will was one of the 18 Sacramento Spartans who braved the 20-to-1 odds, death threats, and explicit law enforcement stand-down order to take a stand. He took a stand with the conservative families who had been bludgeoned and bloodied only weeks prior for merely attempting Trump’s town halls. He took a stand against outright anarchy, and against an emergent extremism which threatens to replace civil discourse with mob violence."
At this writing, the campaign has raised just over $8,800 toward a goal of $50,000. Read the text from the page below.
Will Planer Defense Fund
A Sacramento Spartan Needs Our Help
A couple weeks ago, Will Planer was arrested and detained for his participation in last year’s peaceful, planned, and permitted rally for free speech in Sacramento which was attacked by a small army of nearly 200 armed “anti-fascist” radicals. Will, who lives in Colorado with his family, is currently being held in El Paso County’s Detention Facility without legal counsel, without a legal plan, and without access to the resources he needs to put a plan in motion.
In 2016, in response to leftist radicals disrupting and attacking several conservative political events, the Traditionalist Worker Party scheduled a legal, permitted, peaceful rally on the steps of the Sacramento statehouse to confirm that we will not be intimidated by leftist threats. Yvette Felarca of BAMN and hundreds of other leftist “antifa” radicals threatened to attack and assault our event attendees. In the weeks leading up to the event, they openly and explicitly planned a violent criminal response to our free speech event both in their online platforms and in mainstream media interviews and press releases.
Will was one of the 18 Sacramento Spartans who braved the 20-to-1 odds, death threats, and explicit law enforcement stand-down order to take a stand. He took a stand with the conservative families who had been bludgeoned and bloodied only weeks prior for merely attempting Trump’s town halls. He took a stand against outright anarchy, and against an emergent extremism which threatens to replace civil discourse with mob violence.
I spoke with Planer while he was on his trip to California and we commented that given the publicity leading up to the event, there’s no way any actual fighting will take place. We assumed, wrongly, that the State of California would have a police presence commensurate with the estimated crowd sizes leading up to the event. That at least 200 antifa would be present was widely known, and there’s a well-established protocol for ensuring basic public safety. “Surely,” I joked, “the cops won’t just let an anarchist mob run around attacking random journalists and innocent bystanders right on the Capitol steps.”
They did exactly that, and they did exactly that because California’s law enforcement have become criminally incompetent and politicized. They set Will and the rest of our men up for a public lynching, deliberately. Will and the rest of the men there could have easily been killed and likely would have been if they hadn’t fought back. As we know, it didn’t go down like that. Our disciplined and well-trained nationalists trained for months for every eventuality, including a peaceful event with prepared speeches. The worst-case scenario presented itself, and our men were prepared. They won the fight and made it out alive.
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In the entire history of the “self-defense” defense, there may not be a more clear-cut open-and-shut case of self-defense than what Will Planer is facing. He can and will win his case, but we need your help to get him the basic representation and support he needs to survive “the ride” and pay for his legal defense. Yvette Felarca went on camera before the event and announced that she and her mob intended to assault Will. In the midst of the brawl, as antifa radicals were beating up journalists and random pedestrians in the background, Yvette mugged for another camera, proudly announcing that she and her mob had assaulted our event attendees.
Why was Will arrested if it’s all so straightforward? Political pressure. The left losing the fight, Sacramento’s citizens reeling from hundreds of thousands worth of property damage, and several locals being attacked resulted in some much-deserved blowback on the local and state government for their maliciously irresponsible handling of the event. After an “investigation” which has dragged on for over a year, they’re finally arresting some of the antifa who instigated the violence, but they necessarily had to make arrests on the nationalist side in order to avoid appearing to side with the nationalists.
They know he’ll win his jury trial…if he has competent legal counsel. They know this is all an incredibly cruel waste of time and taxpayer money to persecute a patently innocent family man. They don’t care. All they care about is blaming the victims of their own scandalous failure and refusal to do their job. With enough support, we can deliver Will the support he needs to return to his family. Whether you’re a nationalist, a conservative, or just about any American who values free speech and opposes leftist mob violence, we need you to stand with Will.
Please dig deep and give generously. We need to stand strong for a man who stood strong for us.