Contact LNC members:
Choose one or more LNC members to contact
Select one or more LNC members to contact
- Whitney Bilyeu, Chair
- Ken Moellman, Vice Chair
- Tim Hagan, Treasurer
- Laura Ebke, At-Large Representative
- Valerie Sarwark, At-Large Representative
- Richard Longstreth, At-Large Representative
- Erik Raudsep, At-Large Representative
- Chris Luchini, Region 1 Alternate
- Steven Nekhaila, Region 2 Representative
- David Sexton, Region 2 Alternate
- Dustin Nanna, Region 3 Representative
- Jared Hall, Region 3 Alternate
- Jeffrey Hewitt, Region 4 Representative
- Tim Ferreira, Region 4 Alternate
- Susan Hogarth, Region 5 Representative
- David Valente, Region 5 Alternate
- John Phillips, Region 6 Representative
- Matthew Bughman, Region 6 Alternate
- Erin Adams, Region 7 Representative
- John Wilford, Region 7 Alternate
- Rich Bowen Region 8 Alternate
- Tyler Harris Executive Director
I am writing today to call for the suspension of LNC member Joshua Smith for his promotion and defense of antisemite Ryan Dawson. While I understand that LNC members have freedom to choose who they associate with and promote, Smith's actions here are detrimental to the LNC and the Libertarian Party as a whole.
Dawson is notorious for his anti-Jewish remarks, including blaming "Jews" for pornography, pedophilia, organ trafficking, and communism (among other things) and insinuating that Jews being responsible for all of these things is why Hitler rose to power (https://twitter.com/fakertarians/status/1425206009971286018). The original video from which the clip in the previous link is taken from ends with Dawson decrying "Jewish supremacists" and saying "How do you get rid of a parasite? If only there was some sort of antidote to parasites." While the thumbnail for the clip has since been changed, the original thumbnail was a photo of Zyklon B, which was used by the Nazis to murder Jews during the Holocaust (https://twitter.com/fakertarians/status/1425462708372185092). Dawson has also used the antisemitic "triple parentheses" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_parentheses) to talk about how he believes Jews are trying to play both sides and get whites and blacks to go at each other, has written that "Judaism pathologically breeds psychopaths" and that "Judaism has always been fucked up," and has otherwise called Jews parasites (https://twitter.com/fakertarians/status/1425441838731874304). Dawson has also dabbled in Holocaust denial, writing that "gas and ovens" is "extraordinary bullshit" and outside of his antisemitism, has called Black Lives Matter "jungle animals." https://twitter.com/fakertarians/status/1398776859710705669. Dawson is also a frequent guest on Neo-Nazi and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke's podcast: https://twitter.com/fakertarians/status/1332153401963130882.
Dawson has been on Smith's Break the Cycle podcast twice, including last night, during which Smith defended Dawson for the video above where Dawson blamed Jews for everything. Smith rationalized this by saying that Dawson is simply talking about "Zionists," even though Dawson used the word "Jews" repeatedly and listed conspiracies that are not generally claimed to be about Zionists, but about Jews as a whole. Smith specifically said ""When you talk about North Korea, none of us are like 'oh the Juche government'?" in order to excuse Dawson's comments and argue that it was limited to criticism of Israel (which it was not). On Twitter, Josh doubled down, arguing with critics of Dawson by saying that people never get this angry when Dawson talks about Catholics and that Dawson's critics don't understand that Judaism is a religion and not a race (https://twitter.com/JoshuaAtLarge/status/1425446638043152387). Even after being confronted with all of the evidence described above (which Smith engaged with repeatedly), Smith has said that he is going to keep "simping" for Dawson (https://twitter.com/JoshuaAtLarge/status/1425484926145679366).
This promotion and public defense of Dawson by Smith reflects terribly on the Libertarian Party and must be condemned. We should make it clear that antisemites like Dawson, who calls Jews "parasites" and posted a picture of Zyklon B for a video in which he ended by pondering a way to get rid of parasites, are not welcome in the Libertarian Party or in libertarian circles as a whole. This is not about criticism of the state of Israel but about dehumanization of Jews as a whole.
I call on Smith to both retract his comments and apologize for his defense and promotion of Dawson. In the event that Smith refuses to issue that apology, I hope that you, the LNC, will move to suspend him to make a statement that this is not acceptable for an officer in the Libertarian Party.