Several Republican candidates have interviewed an Arizona man who entered the Capitol on January 6 and is an active member of a Telegram channel filled with neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic rhetoric.
Micajah Jackson, known online as “The JFK Report”, was one of the first people sentenced earlier this year for entering the Capitol alongside members of the far right extremist group the Proud Boys.
Jackson is known for his anti-government speech, including calling for the arrest of FBI agents, who he says should be charged with treason and their families “humiliated”. He also claimed that the FBI agent involved in his case would face “life in prison”.
But Jackson is also involved with a broader group of far-right extremists that includes local anti-Semites and anti-LGBTQ provocateurs whose chat group is full of anti-Semitic memes and praise for Nazi Germany.
The Telegram channel, which has nearly 500 members, is administered in part by Greyson Arnold, a pro-Nazi white nationalist blogger which was recently found by The daily beast having been paid by the Republican Party of Washington State. The group chat, where users share their uncensored thoughts and vile memes, is an offshoot of Arnold’s “Pure Politics” Telegram channel.
Messages include COVID-19 denial, anti-LGBTQ sentiments and racism, but anti-Semitism takes center stage. Many posts reviewed by the Arizona Mirror centered on anti-Semitic tropes intended to degrade Jewish people and even wish for the return of Nazi Germany.
“Do you still think we ‘overreacted’?” a meme called superimposed a photo of Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. The group chat includes many offensive memes using the term antisemitic”happy merchant” image. Others include images of swastikas or sonenradsa present symbol in the Christchurch, New Zealand 2019 shooter’s manifesto and on his gear.
One Republican who sat down for an interview with Jackson is Christian Lamar, a Republican candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives in District 2. Lamar, who is black, said he had no qualms with Jackson’s social media activity or his participation in online spaces. line where racism and white supremacy run rampant.
“His membership in a telegram group is completely unrelated to his YouTube channel,” Lamar said in an email to the Mirror. “It’s like saying ‘Ooo AZ Mirror, you’re a member of a Trump channel, do you agree with all of Trump’s views?'”
Jackson engaged with the group, posting their content on the channel and, in some cases, engaging with members and asking questions.
“How should FBI agents be prosecuted? Jackson asked the cat in a poll. The options he offered: life in prison, exile to South America or the revocation of their citizenship.
“20 years of hard work repairing the infrastructure of cities that fell into disrepair while they were busy attacking white people in the name of their leftist and Jewish masters?” said a user who use a beamsymbol of ancient Rome co-opted by the alt-right, as a profile image.
Jackson responded to the idea with a thinking emoji.
Lamar insisted he stood with Israel and the Jewish community. But said he still plans to do a “2nd and 3rd interview” with Jackson.
“In the strongest terms, I totally and completely condemn all anti-Semitism, hatred, prejudice, bigotry, racism and discrimination of any kind,” Lamar said.
He also denounced the FBI when asked about some of Jackson’s comments about federal law enforcement.
“At least the FBI/DOJ/ATF deserves corrective action and thousands of its employees fired,” Lamar said after listing what he called scandals, such as the Raid on Mar-A-Lago to retrieve approximately 100 classified documents that former President Donald Trump allegedly retained in violation of federal law. “I would certainly never oppose downsizing government or deregulation.”
Lamar also stood by comments he made to Jackson during a May interview, including that he planned to decertify the 2020 election if elected to represent his North Phoenix district. despite there being no legal way to do it. Lamar also said in the interview that he thinks election workers should wear body cameras.
A platform for conspiracy theories
But Lamar isn’t the only Republican candidate Jackson has interviewed.
“If you tell me that a few people breaking into or at least doing malicious destruction of property on Capitol Hill is a threat to the nation, then we’re in serious trouble,” Republican Secretary of State Mark Finchem said about of the violent January 6 insurrection in a late September interview with Jackson.
Finchem was present that day, reportedly to deliver an “evidence book” to former Vice President Mike Pence to convince him not to accept presidential voters from swing states that Joe Biden won. Finchem has been lie about his whereabouts that day, and recently disclosed that he spoke to the congressional panel investigating Jan. 6, claiming he spoke as a “witness” to the day’s events.
“What I saw was malicious destruction of property,” Finchem told Jackson. “Can we tie this to an intrusion into the Capitol? Maybe a few individuals.
At least 440 people were arrested so far on charges related to the capitol breach, including 125 charged with assaulting or impeding a law enforcement officer.
Jackson was sentenced in March to 36 months probation after To plead guilty an offense of marching, demonstrating or picketing. Federal prosecutors asked the court to sentence him to six months in prison and complained that Jackson was use his arrest as a “springboard” to promote himself and spreading dangerous conspiracy theories.
During the interview, Finchem hatched a conspiracy theory about the Capitol riot without any reaction from Jackson.
“The nagging question for me, why were the magnetically locked doors to the House and Senate unlocked and the security personnel inside waving people in?” he said.
Finchem’s “nagging question” is like a false viral claim which originates from a disbarred lawyer for the Oath Keepers.
“Now, as a law enforcement officer, I would look at that and say, ‘Well, that doesn’t even pass the sniff test on illegal entry,'” he added. (Finchem was a policeman in Michigan until 1999; personnel files include a note that reads “bad grade, would not rehire”.)
Finchem also said the deaths of five Capitol Police officers had been “debunked” and called it “fantasy and fabrication.” One officer died of a stroke the day after the riot, and four other officers committed suicide in the days and months after the riot. All officers had been injured during the riot.
Finchem did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Kelly Cooper, the Republican running for Congressional District 4 to unseat Democratic Rep. Greg Stanton, was also briefly interviewed by Jackson after a campaign event.
“Kelly answered a few such questions at an event out of courtesy to another Marine,” Cooper spokeswoman Erica Knight said. Mirror. “Kelly’s philosophy is to get his message across to Arizonans and be as transparent as possible to all voters. If he answers the questions, it certainly doesn’t mean he has any connection or similarity to any person’s background.
Opposing anti-Semitism while peddling anti-Semitic tropes
Interviews are not the scope of Jackson’s political work.
When Trump was in Mesa earlier this month for a rally in support of Arizona’s Republican candidates, Jackson was spotted by Arizona Right Wing Watch working behind a table for State Senator Wendy Rogers, R-Flagstaff.
Rogers did not respond to multiple inquiries asking whether Jackson was a paid campaign worker or a volunteer.
In an email to the Mirror, Jackson said he did not work for Rogers or any political campaign. He said he was with his “Jewish manager” who knew the volunteers who ran the Rogers booth, and they allowed him to “hang out in the tent because of the heat that day.”
Jackson also said his two “managers” were “devout Jews.” He defended his involvement with the racist Telegram channel, saying he followed “several different political factions” to share its content and “philosophy”. He also pushed back against allegations of anti-Semitism and said he does not condone, share or support the beliefs of those on the Telegram channel.
However, Jackson shared anti-Semitic tropes on his own social media accounts. In one case, he claimed that the The Jewish people ordered Jesus Christ to kill. In another, he shared video clips claiming the Jews run the media. Both are common antisemitic tropes.
“I study, observe and analyze multiple spectra of political factions, theories and ideologies for the work I do,” Jackson said in an email to the Mirror. “I despise any form of authoritarianism. Especially evil demonic forms of governments like Marxist ideologies i.e. socialism, fascism and communism. I do not align myself with political factions or ideologies. I am Jesus Christ. I defend American moral liberty. The essence of the United States of America is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Jackson did not respond to further questions about his use of anti-Semitic tropes on social media, instead accusing the Mirror of pedophilia and repeating a long standing lie that the German Nazis were “socialists”. Although officially known as the National Socialist Party, the Nazi ideology was based on white supremacy, fascism and popularismnot the socialist ideals stemming from Marxism in many parts of the world.
Jackson is also affiliated with a number of known anti-Semites and neo-Nazis, such as a former member of the Rise Above movement which also administers the Telegram group chat. RAM is a white supremacist gang founded in Southern California which engaged in violenceincluding the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charolettsville, Virginia.
Rogers affiliated with people in Jackson and Arnold’s circle, such as grocer Kyle Clifton, who is also the administrator of the discussion group of which Jackson is a member. Jackson is a member of the Nationalist Network, an organization that includes former RAM members Arnold and Clifton.
After the Mirror contacted Jackson, Arnold’s Telegram channel posted a message dedicated to Jackson saying “the little group trying to silence Kayne is trying to smear and silence” Jackson.
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