Montana governor cancels visit to town bombarded by white supremacist threats
Democratic Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has cancelled his plans to visit the town of Whitefish, which has been getting bombarded by threats from white supremacists.
The Whitefish Pilot reports that Bullock had been scheduled to give a press conference in Whitefish to address “the online harassment of Whitefish businesses and Jewish families have been receiving from neo-Nazi followers of part-time Whitefish resident and white nationalist leader Richard Spencer.”
White supremacist website The Daily Stormer this month told its readers to launch a harassment campaign against people in Whitefish to protest the alleged mistreatment of Spencer’s mother, who has said that her infamous son’s reputation has all but ruined her business.
Bullock’s staff wouldn’t say whether the governor cancelled his planned event due to security concerns and only gave the Whitefish Pilot a vague statement about the cancellation just being “the way things unfolded.”
That said, Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial tells the Pilot that his both his department and the FBI were in contact with the governor’s office and offered advice on how to proceed with security concerns.