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Better Know an RNC White Supremacist: Matt Forney

Matt Forney.

Michelle Goldberg

Your occasional guide to the neo-fascists and white supremacists who have come to Cleveland to celebrate the ascension of Donald Trump.

CLEVELAND—This is far-right journalist and internet personality Matt Forney, whose work sits at the intersection of racism and men’s rights activism. “Let’s just be honest: everyone hates blacks,” he wrote last year, arguing that “whites are rapidly getting fed up with what is basically a hostile, parasitic population in their midst.” He is the author of essays including “Why Fat Girls Don’t Deserve to Be Loved” and “How to Beat Your Girlfriend or Wife and Get Away With It.” He is not married.


Forney balks at the term “white supremacist,” preferring “racial realist.” He says he’s been gratified by the way the Donald Trump campaign has made his views less taboo. “A year ago, the presumed GOP front-runner was Jeb Bush, who is married to a Mexican and who was in favor of more illegal immigration. The GOP was prepared to concede that issue to the Democrats. Now we have the entire GOP electorate and a lot of Republicans galvanized against illegal immigration. We have Republican politicians talking about punishing sanctuary cities. That’s just one example. People feel more free to speak their minds. Trump has moved the Overton window right.”

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