The Transnational Far Right Reacts to Texas Border Standoff

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Shortly after Governor Greg Abbott denounced the US Supreme Court ruling allowing the federal government to remove razor wire at the Texas border, the global far right mobilized to recruit new members and spread hate.

Ongoing tensions between Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Biden Administration, which intensified after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled the placements of razor wire at the Texan border with Mexico could be removed by the federal government, have been co-opted by white supremacists and neo-Nazis both in the United States and transnationally. Consistent with Abbot’s declaration that Texas is fighting an “invasion,” a term used to describe the supposed “replacement” of white people with immigrants, otherwise known as the “Great Replacement”, has spurred these hateful groups in spreading the racist conspiracy theory and increasing their recruitment efforts on social media.

On Donald Trump’s social media platform Truth Social, the average number of posts with “Great Replacement” rhetoric was 33 from January 20 to January 24, 2024. On January 25, a day after Abbot’s invasion comments, the number rose to 139. Posts discussed how the “border invasion has been [the “Deep State’s”] plan for a long time,” since it is part of the “NWO (New World Order) agenda,” a conspiracy suggesting that a clandestine power elite is working covertly to achieve world domination. Users also claimed that the “border invasion’s” purpose is to “[put] Democrats in power,” invoking popular “Great Replacement” rhetoric which purports that political parties with looser immigration laws do so only to gain the votes of migrants – thereby “replacing” the voting power of white Americans.

In the United States, the white supremacist Proud Boys group, neo-Nazi Active Clubs, and the neo-Nazi Aryan Freedom Network have all taken advantage of this standoff to push their propaganda and recruit new members on Telegram, a loosely-moderated social media platform. The Republic of Texas Proud Boys, for example, shared a post by neo-Nazi Telegram channel ZoomerWaffen calling immigrants “brown migrant invaders.” The South Texas Proud Boys shared a message telling their followers to “grab your guns,” echoing the violent rhetoric used by other extremists and politicians this week. The Cape Fear Proud Boys also appear ready to mobilize, sharing Governor Abbott’s official statement and commenting “if you need more help putting up razor wire let us know.” The Ohio and Toledo Proud Boys both issued statements specifically in support for Governor Abbott, while the Rhode Island Proud Boys voiced their support for “Texas and antifederalists.” 

The neo-Nazi Aryan Freedom Network issued a rallying cry in support of the “Texas Resistance,” asking for “white men [to] join the resistance” in their Texan chapters following another post saying “to Hell with the United Soviet States of America!” 

Active Clubs, a transnational white supremacist network conceptualized by American neo-Nazi Rob Rundo and Russian neo-Nazi Denis Kasputin, have also taken to social media to recruit new members and share hateful propaganda. The Central California Active Club posted a widely-shared video expressing their allyship with the “25 state governors who have finally grown tired of the invasion of our country,” referring to the 25 Republican governors who signed a letter in support of Governor Abbott. The post continued by claiming that immigration, both legal and illegal, was causing the “poisoning of our people,” the “intentional displacement of whites,” and calling for both the “overhaul of everything done to this nation since the 1960s,” referencing racial justice progress since the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and “massive repatriation programs” enacted by the American government. Repatriation, or the return of someone to their birth country, is currently an ethnic cleansing policy being promoted by white nationalist groups in Germany such as Identitäre Bewegung (Identitarian Movement, IB) and far-right political parties like Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany, AfD), referred to as “remigration.” 

The far right and neo-Nazis abroad have also weighed in on the ongoing tensions. Telegram users who follow Austrian Martin Sellner, the de-facto leader of the Identitarian Movement and one of the leaders of the European “remigration” discussion, called for Texas to “permanently secure the border.” 

A Telegram user in Martin Sellner’s chat group calls for Texas to “permanently secure the border” against migrants. Translated from German. (Source: Telegram)

In France, co-founder of the white nationalist network Generation Identity and current member of the white nationalist French party Reconquête, Damien Rieu, posted a tweet saying “Faced with the judges’ coup d’état, resistance!” along with the hashtag “#StandWithTexas.” The tweet was subsequently shared by French Identitarian outlet FDESOUCHE

German far-right multimedia company COMPACT Magazine, which has served as the mouthpiece for the AfD and the anti-Muslim PEGIDA movement, posted an article titled “Border protection: Texas resorts to self-help,” sharing the same “invasion” rhetoric spread by Abbott and rabidly anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim leaders around the world. 

In Lithuania, the country’s Active Club chapter also shared Central California Active Club’s previously mentioned video.

In Sweden, white nationalist online media network Red Ice TV suggested that Republican mainstream politicians must “actually push back (with force) against the Biden regime’s open borders policy,” decrying any other outcome as “just words and kabuki theater.” 

Supporters of the neo-Nazi AZOV Assault Brigade in Ukraine commented on the situation, claiming that both Trump and President Biden “only [want] to escalate against civilians,” which could lead to “another insurrection” or a “civil war.” 

In the United Kingdom, Proud Boys Britannia shared the Republic of Texas Proud Boys’ Telegram post calling for its supporters to “Stand up for Texas!” The Traditional Britain Group, who describe themselves as an “alliance of conservatives, traditionalists and radicals taking a stand against progressives & subversives on behalf of British people,” shared a post describing the federal government as “actively facilitating the migrant inflow,” and followed up by saying “#Texit secession now.”

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