Monday, September 10, 2018

Herald-Tribune: Alleged ‘white nationalist’ Peter Gemma immersed in Sarasota GOP

Peter Gemma speaking at a late March 2000 gathering of the ‘American Friends of the British National Party

(Peter Gemma was a former member of the Constitution Party Executive National Committee and published writings on the Constitution Party's website as recently as 2016. Peter's ties, as well as other figures in the Constitution Party, ties to white supremacy were reported on at the Independent Political Report in 2014 and in the Hammer of Truth in 2016.)

The following was originally published in the Herald-Tribune.

In 1999, the head of the Republican National Committee urged all Republicans involved with the Council of Conservative Citizens to resign from the group, saying the CCC appeared to hold “racist views.”

The CCC had become infamous after media scrutiny of the organization and its links to elected officials.

The Washington Post noted in 1999 that “a columnist published by the council’s Web site, wrote that if whites continue to allow heavy immigration and racial mixing, they will become part of ‘a slimy brown mass of glop.’”

Years after that RNC warning, Peter Gemma’s name popped up in association with the CCC. Gemma — a Sarasota resident whose involvement in local politics has stirred controversy in recent weeks — wrote an article that ran in a CCC newsletter in 2005. At the end of the article, Gemma was listed as the president of the organization’s chapter in the Washington, D.C., area.

It’s not Gemma’s only link to individuals and groups who have come under scrutiny for alleged racism and other extreme views.

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Gemma as “a white nationalist with deep ties to a whole array of racist hate groups.”

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