Judson Blevins, City Councilman With Neo-Nazi Ties, Loses In Recall | EUROtoday

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Judson Blevins, a City Council member in Enid, Oklahoma, who was the topic of a HuffPost report about his ties to white supremacist teams, misplaced a recall election on Tuesday.

Blevins earned 561 votes, however his opponent, Cheryl Patterson, gained 829 votes.

A small band of progressive activists launched the recall effort final yr after Blevins repeatedly refused to disclaim or acknowledge important proof that he was a pacesetter within the white supremacist group Identity Evropa. He’d additionally refused to reply questions on photographs showing to indicate him collaborating within the notorious 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

At an election debate final month with Patterson, Blevins lastly acknowledged that he did, the truth is, attend the “Unite the Right” rally, the biggest gathering of white supremacists in a era. At the rally, the place marchers shouted racist and antisemitic slogans and engaged in violence, a neo-Nazi drove his automotive right into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing a 32-year-old lady and injuring dozens of others.

Blevins informed the assembled crowd that he participated within the rally as a result of he “felt it was important to protest the removal of statues of American soldiers,” referring to a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which the town of Charlottesville had deliberate to topple. He didn’t, nevertheless, tackle why he joined the notorious tiki-torch march via the University of Virginia campus on the eve of the rally, when members chanted, “Jews will not replace us.” Nor would Blevins say whether or not he attended the rally as a member of Identity Evropa, a deeply racist and antisemitic group that has since disbanded.

Reporters for Unicorn Riot photographed this man at the 2017 Charlottesville rally. Anti-fascists and a reporter for Right Wing Watch identified the man as Judson Blevins.
Reporters for Unicorn Riot photographed this man on the 2017 Charlottesville rally. Anti-fascists and a reporter for Right Wing Watch recognized the person as Judson Blevins.

In his closing assertion on the election debate, Blevins mentioned he was assured that he would survive the recall election.

“I firmly believe on April 2, voters are going to reaffirm that I am the best to represent them,” he mentioned. “It is my hope, it is my prayer that when they do, that decision will finally be respected by all.”

After the election debate, Father James Neal, an area progressive activist, confronted Blevins, asking him whether or not he was now a member of Patriot Front, a secretive white supremacist group whose masked members are identified for holding flash mob-style demonstrations in cities throughout America. Blevins refused again and again to reply.

Neal’s query stemmed from HuffPost’s report, which discovered that Blevins’ marketing campaign for City Council had acquired a virtually $2,000 donation from a Texas man with enterprise ties to a member of Patriot Front.

Blevins was elected to the council by a slim margin in early 2023, regardless that 4 years earlier, the media outlet Right Wing Watch — constructing off proof collected by anti-fascist researchers — had revealed an article figuring out him because the pseudonymous “Conway” in leaked Identity Evropa chat messages.

The “Conway” account posted many racist and antisemitic messages and posted photographs of Identity Evropa propaganda he claimed to have positioned throughout Oklahoma, together with on college campuses.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/judson-blevins-recall-election-enid-oklahoma_n_660c9597e4b0328a72be47d9