Matthew Heimbach was one of the Donald Trump supporters who shoved a black protester at a rally on Super Tuesday in Louisville, Ky.
You may remember Heimbach from the white nationalist groups he led or founded at Towson University in 2011 and 2012. After the Youth for Western Civilization (an officially recognized club which organized a Straight Pride Day and scrawled “White Pride” messages on campus) was shut down, Heimbach formed the unofficial ‘White Student Union’ to walk the campus at night, looking for “black-male-on-white-female crime.”
WSU was later supplanted by a more ambitious national group, Traditionalist Youth Network. In 2014, Heimbach ceased his work with the Traditionalist Youth Network following an ultimatum from his parish priest. But his vacation from white nationalism was a brief one. In January of 2015, he founded the Traditionalist Workers Party, a political party dedicated to “defending faith, family, and folk” (if you know what I mean).
So it should not be at all surprising that Heimbach was spotted wearing a red baseball cap at a Trump rally, nor that he was one of the attendees who shoved a protester:
Heimbach has given his own take on the incident: “[T]he disruptors were free to swing around shouting and barking and pushing the crowd around until the crowd finally took matters into their own hands.” He criticized Black Lives Matter protesters for having “convinced themselves that these rank-and-file Trump supporters and even Trump himself are synonymous with the Klan, or at least with outright nationalists like myself.”
Which is, well… What?!