If we need the racist vote to win, we are worse than Republicans.I have seen this for years and in the Trump era, it’s gone toxic.”‘I am not a white supremacist’This week, Phinney responded to the criticism by denying he is a misogynist and a racist.
“[T]he article highlighted some posts from me that I cannot deny posting because it is clear as day that they are associated with me,” he wrote.“Some time ago, I used to be very antagonistic about certain views and I would blatantly post my opinion about them without regard to anyone’s sensibilities and basically make myself look like a jackass…” he confessed.
‘I have never been ‘misogynistic’ or ‘racist’ towards anyone in my whole life,” he wrote in a public Facebook post.
“I am not associated with any ‘alt-right’ groups and I am not a white supremacist.
At least have the balls to come out and say you’re having a fashy rally with plenty of white supremacists and lots of people who believe in Western cultural hegemony.”The rally announcements on 4chan were less circumspect.
In one post, the announcement was illustrated with a photo from the first Boston rally that pictured alt-right comedian Sam Hyde “yelling at a jewish kid.” A second posting of the announcement kicked off complaints about the “fucking niggers” who protested the first rally.“Can I carry my black sun flag?He made national headlines in February with a letter to the editor in which he publicly identified himself as an atheist and described belief in religion as “foolish” and “archaic.”“In an age of information, scientific progress and exploration and the understanding of the workings of our world,” he wrote, “it is difficult and to be frank, rather foolish, to hold onto archaic beliefs that deny reality.”Phinney says he was an active Christian when he was growing up "even so far as to be involved in church ministries and music teams.” As a musician in a metal band, Phinney referred to himself as a “Christian metalhead” – but by 2013 he had rejected the religion of his youth with a vengeance.