The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has released a list of 36 individuals it claims are connected to either the alt right or alt lite, including MILO and Mike Cernovich – the latter of whom has condemned the list as an attempt to paint targets on the backs of dissenters.
“In just one year, the alt right has gone from relative obscurity to being one of the United States’ most visible extremist movements,” the ADL’s piece reads.
“This stratospheric rise is due in large part to the rhetoric employed during the 2016 presidential campaign, which granted implicit approval to the once-taboo hallmarks of the far right – overt racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, misogyny, and anti-Muslim bigotry.”
It further states, “you can’t discuss the alt right without mentioning the ‘alt lite,’ a loosely connected movement of right-wing activists who reject the overtly white supremacist ideology of the alt right, but whose hateful impact is more significant than their ‘lite’ name suggests.”
The ADL piece proceeds to name figures the organization associates with both the alt right and alt lite.
MILO and Mike Cernovich both lie in the latter section of the list.
“He is an unapologetic misogynist, and has claimed that date rape does not exist except as a liberal fiction,” the ADL’s piece says of Cernovich.
It further suggests that he was responsible for the Pizzagate controversy which, in the ADL’s words, “culminated in Edgar Welch firing an AR-15 as he entered D.C.’s Comet Ping Pong pizzeria.”
Of MILO – who is the very last entry on the list – the ADL states, “Milo Yiannopoulos is a controversial media personality and provocateur.While he refers to himself as ‘the world’s most fabulous supervillain,’ and claims to be a conservative and a fearless bulwark against the encroaching forces of ‘political correctness,’ Yiannopoulos is actually an instigator who specializes in attacking groups he dislikes. He has launched vicious trolling attacks against women, Black Lives Matter activists, transgender people and Muslims.”
Exactly what the ADL attempts to accomplish with its list is unclear.
Mike Cernovich is not pleased with his inclusion on the list.
In a Periscope, the Gorilla Mindset author stated, “the ADL has targeted me and my family for murder and assassination.”
“Today, they released a hate list identifying me as some kind of purveyor of hate or something like that. And after the shooting of Scalise and others, they’re kind to get me murdered. There’s no question what they’re doing.”
“They’re inciting terrorism against me and my family and everyone else they happen to not agree with.”
— Mike Cernovich ???????? (@Cernovich) July 18, 2017
Several others have tweeted using the #ADLTerror hashtag slamming the organization.
— JohnMAGAMiller1 (@JohnMAGAMiller1) July 18, 2017
— John (@johnmd520) July 18, 2017
ADL is an organization that intimidates others & uses "hate" list as excuses, does not spread love but instead fear & terrorism. #ADLTerror
— neuro ???????? (@___neuro___) July 18, 2017
#ADLTerror These evil people are causing mass shootings and promoting killings all over America.
— robin bellocchio (@RobinBellocchio) July 18, 2017
— American So Woke (@AmericanSoWoke) July 18, 2017
— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) July 18, 2017
Reckless!!!!! Pray it does not lead to a new list: Organizations with blood on their hands..Plz stop the hate & fear mongering
— lkey777 (@lkey777) July 19, 2017
never thought I would see the Anti-defamation league use a hit list against those who just disagree with them. #ADLTerror
— Dan Christensen (@Dan_Christensen) July 18, 2017
This is not the first time the ADL has accused individuals of being members of the alt right and alt lite.
In June of this year, the organization published a statement condemning a Rally Against Political Violence in Washington D.C.
In the statement, the organization accused those involved in the rally of being “white supremacists and their apologists.”
The rally was attended by the likes of Jack Posobiec and Mike Cernovich.
The ADL at the time provided no evidence to back up its claim that those involved in the Rally Against Political Violence were “white supremacists and their apologists.”