Racist Robocaller Relocates to Northwest Montana
The Spokesman Review recently reported that white nationalist Scott Rhodes had moved to Libby from Sandpoint, ID. His move from northern Idaho to northwestern Montana follows a historical trend. While Aryan Nations existed near Hayden Lake, ID, the Montana Human Rights Network frequently noted hardcore racists leaving the compound and moving to small towns across the border in Montana.
Rhodes has made a name for himself in white nationalist circles for spearheading racist and anti-Semitic robocalls into communities around the country, in addition to hosting an offensive podcast. Rhodes’ most famous, or infamous, robocall campaign came in May 2018. The calls described U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) as a “traitorous Jew” and a “nation-wrecking Jew.” The calls encouraged people to vote for one of Feinstein’s opponent, neo-Nazi Patrick Little. Rhodes bragged that more 350,000 Californians received the anti-Semitic robocall, including many Jewish institutions.
Rhodes was an avid Little supporter. In a podcast, Rhodes praised Little for working to defeat “the evil, bloodsucking Jew, Dianne Feinstein,” and he joked about Little stuffing Feinstein into an oven. Little would go on to receive a little over 1% of the votes in the Primary Election; however, that came to just under 90,000 votes.
The California U.S. Senate race was hardly Rhodes’ only robocall effort:
In the fall of 2018, he is suspected of making anti-Semitic calls to city leaders in Alexandria, VA, that featured clips of a speech from Adolph Hitler. The local number showing up on the calls ended in “1488.” The numbers “14” and “88” have distinct meanings to white nationalists. The “14” is a reference to the “14 Words,” a common mantra of white nationalists standing for, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” Meanwhile, the letter “H” is the eighth letter of the alphabet, and “88” is shorthand for “Heil Hitler.”
In October 2018, Rhodes sent robocalls into Florida targeting Andrew Gillum, an African-American candidate for governor. The calls featured a voice using an exaggerated, racist minstrel dialect pretending to be Gillum, while jungle and chimpanzee noises played in the background. The call claimed that Jews ran the slave trade in America, and Jews will be “puttin’ Negros in charge over white folks.”
In August 2018, he sent robocalls into Iowa using the murder of Mollie Tibbetts to push a violent racist message against immigrants.
Overall, national organizations have reported that Rhodes has placed anti-Semitic and/or racist robocalls into California, Idaho, Iowa, Florida, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
The white nationalist and anti-Semitic content of the robocalls is hardly surprising. Rhodes frequently employs similar offensive rhetoric on his “The Road to Power” podcast, which bills itself as a “video podcast for White Nationalists.” On it, he has encouraged fellow white nationalists to move to “very white, very racist North Idaho.” He also uses his program to advocate for a white takeover of America. Anti-Semitism is a huge piece of his podcasts. He has stated:
“The biological Jew is genetically prone to sadistic and violent behavior…The Jew doesn’t realize he’s not normal.” He made these comments while claiming that Jews were more violent slave owners than Englishmen in the Old South.
All Jews would be forcibly deported from America when white nationalists finally took over.
The Holocaust never happened. Instead, he claimed it was created to “slander Germans.”
On his podcast, he has claimed African Americans have “such tiny brains” and are “incapable of logical thought.” On the same program, he stated they have “tiny monkey brains.” He’s also promoted the racist idea that a “Negro menace” and “Negro plague” are targeting white law enforcement, including that cops are being killed by “feral Negro animal[s].” He finished up that segment saying that, if you support law and order in society, “you have to be racist.”
Rhodes’ activism isn’t limited to social media and phone calls. In 2017, he handed out CDs containing white nationalist and anti-Semitic material in the parking lot of Sandpoint High School. In 2015, he circulated fliers that pictured the Sandpoint mayor in a Nazi gas chamber. Those daring to question Rhodes or call him out for his white nationalist activism frequently become the focus of hate-based flier campaigns. In the recent past, these targets have included Muslims, African Americans, journalists, and local human rights activists.
Anti-Defamation League, “The Road to Power: Idaho Outfit Behind Rash of Racist, Anti-Semitic Robocalls,” Nov. 5, 2018.
KCCI News, “Alarming neo-Nazi robocall hits central Iowa,” Aug. 29, 2018.
Scott Rhodes, The Road to Power, May 19, 2018.
Southern Poverty Law Center, “Just after anniversary of ‘Unite the Right,’ Charlottesville hit with racist robocalls from Idaho troll,” Aug. 23, 2018.
Spokesman Review, “Idaho neo-Nazi targets Florida candidate Andrew Gillum in new racist robocall,” Oct. 23, 2018.
Spokesman Review, “Man responsible for racist propaganda in Sandpoint now targeting Sen. Feinstein,” May 25, 2018.
Spokesman Review, “Sandpoint racist flyer suspect identified,” Jan. 16, 2018.