The Trib is reporting on an excruciatingly disturbing development. James Ives, President of the Fort Bend County Tea Party, is a Neo-Nazi. No, this isn’t my daily hyperbole, this is serious. “As recently as 2003, [Ives] had a very different title: director of propaganda for the American Fascist Party,” the article states.
Evidently, he was the hate group’s fourth in command. He also appeared in a Neo-Nazi campaign ad, where he was spotted wearing a Nazi uniform. The article continues to state that Ives commented on a Fascist-themed forum that the ascent of Hitlerism in the United States was “our spirit, our calling,” and he allegedly complimented the reign of terror of Benito Mussolini.
Perhaps most disturbing was how many otherwise renowned politicians defended Ives involvement with the Nazis. Debra Medina, the Tea Party darling who ran for Governor in 2010, defended Ives. She told the Tribune, “Even with the best intentions — and I can speak from my own experience — you can be judged by those who work around you and are supportive of you.” Personally, I find that pretty creepy. Fortunately, some cooler heads prevailed. Dan Patrick strongly condemned Ives. He called the Neo-Nazi affiliation “very disturbing,” and mentioned that his radio station would stop allowing Ives to host his Tea Party show.
The American Fascist Party, or “AFP” (I really need to come up with a new abbreviation for my American Foreign Policy class), is a far-right organization that is more grassroots than legitimate political party. It didn’t run candidates last year, it just endorsed Ron Paul. But this organization is very bad news. I mean, we already knew the King Street Patriots were Klansmen, but it is a shock that this Tea Party group was run by a Neo-Nazi.