Josh Wells, a school board candidate in Haven, was the subject of a hard-hitting editorial by The Kansas City Star this week.
"Josh Wells, a Hutchinson-area man with Proud Boys and other alleged right-wing extremist ties, is nostalgic for the good old days when the U.S. was a 'pro-white country with a protected white majority." He's running for the Haven USD 312 Board of Education,' the newspaper explained.
The editorial board explained how Wells had been exposed by the Midwest Youth Liberation Front for seeking to establish a "white nationalism and or a pro-Western Christian theocracy with a protected white majority status. Whichever one is more obtainable."
The newspaper noted Wells had been visited by the FBI for his connections to the Proud Boys on January 5th — one day before the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Former U.S. attorney for Kansas, Barry Grissom, urged voters to remain vigilant.
"In this era of half-truths and lies that weaken our institutions of government that, for years, were respected, we take comments from white supremacists and people who are on the fringe and we just now kind of shrug our shoulders like it's no big deal. That, to me, is a cancer on our society," Grissom said.
The newspaper also debunked Wells' efforts to deny being a white supremacist.
"No, if you involve yourself in white supremacist groups and talk about forming a country of 'white nationalism and or a pro-Western Christian theocracy,' then perhaps some get that impression of you," the newspaper explained. "It's the same impression the nation may get of Haven USD 312 if he somehow wins on Tuesday."
Here is the initial thread by the Midwest Youth Liberation Front:
Wells is from Emporia, KS and has since moved to Hutchinson where he owns Wells Home Repair Co. and does various ot… https://t.co/KEpSVg0sSj— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484053.0
You might actually recognize Wells as “J.W.”, who was featured in several news articles after the Telegram chats of… https://t.co/hls7AJaE7X— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484172.0
Now let’s take a look at what we’ve discovered about Wells through undercover conversations. Wells said he is a pre… https://t.co/LLgD5H7snZ— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484246.0
Reuters journalist @AramRoston discovered several high-level Proud Boys in fact made contact with the FBI prior to… https://t.co/QcIKUgMmwZ— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484333.0
Wells is apart of a small group that is underground – if the FBI would contact someone like Wells… it seems likely… https://t.co/pTitoZfX61— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484553.0
We also know that Wells has a relationship with a Florida design company that apparently “does a lot of work for th… https://t.co/m9mHzmfK4P— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484715.0
Well, we know some members of one Kansas 3%'ers group felt similar (we are unsure if there is any connection with W… https://t.co/9EsN0KJJW4— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484827.0
Now we arrive at the Midwest Nationalist Party. Last time we checked, Wells claims he was filing paperwork to make… https://t.co/kzDulVJVMb— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484904.0
This whole race war accelerationism sure does sound familiar… it is an idea that motivated, for example, the Christ… https://t.co/Y5qh4gCzDl— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622484979.0
Here is a sample of the party platform Wells shared in the MNP chat. Wells believes people that can't speak English should be deported out of the country. Wells thinks Muslims shouldn't be allowed into the country and that gays should be kicked out of the military. pic.twitter.com/HEltaC3zwq
— Midwest YLF (@MidYlf) May 31, 2021
Some other things Wells has sent in the chat: https://t.co/3W6fQjB5k1— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622485150.0
The group chat is also full of conspiracy theorists. Some of these theories are that: COVID and 5G is a plan to kil… https://t.co/6TPTEkCaix— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622485248.0
Another member: Jossette Storey (@Storey1Storey and @JossetteStorey) is from Plano, Texas where she (last time we c… https://t.co/yscN4tTwe4— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622485338.0
We also have “American Mabe”, also known as Landon Michael Mabe (Mike) from Walkertown, North Carolina. Mike is als… https://t.co/XksCCAe2uE— Midwest YLF (@Midwest YLF) 1622485445.0