Laura C. Morel // White supremacist claimed ties to Parkland shooter. His group has less than 10 members. – Jereb made the same claim to the Anti-Defamation League, which later warned that alt-right online forums were saying this was an attempt to “troll” media outlets with misinformation.
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference Thursday that detectives were looking into any possible white supremacist ties.
“It’s not confirmed at this time,” Israel said. “We’ve heard that. We’re looking into that.”
Jereb later backed off his earlier statements and soon became the target of vitriol and insults from his fellow white supremacists.
He took to the social media platform Gab — popular with the alt-right — to defend himself, lash out at his critics and blame the media in a profane and racist post:
“… There was a legit misunderstanding because we have MULTIPLE people named Nicholas in ROF, And I got a bunch of conflicting information and I have not slept for like 2 days, And so when ((( They ))) call me up and ask me yes or no questions, Its easy for them to misrepresent what I say …”
Triple parenthesis is an anti-Semitic code used by white supremacists to refer to people of Jewish descent.
Other white supremacists responded:
“So when the media calls you up to ask you a stupid … question, your first response is to spill your guts and play pretend like you knew the dude?” wrote one.
Another wrote: “Your stupidity is a huge liability.”
Here’s what we know about the white supremacist group allegedly linked to the Florida shooter – ThinkProgress – The white supremacist group claiming Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz as a member, Republic of Florida (ROF), glorified mass shootings, consumed far-right propaganda, and included “lone wolf activists” in their organizational chart.
Early on Thursday, Jordan Jereb, leader of ROF, told the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) that Cruz had participated in several training exercises with the ROF, a claim that was later backed up by Cruz’s classmates. Jereb then told The Daily Beast that Cruz likely used the training with the ROF to carry out his mass shooting, where 17 people died.
“Nobody I know told him to do that, he just freaked out,” Jereb said. “ROF had not ordered or wanted Cruz to do anything like the school shooting.”
Florida school shooting suspect was a white nationalist, leader of group confirms | abc13.com – Jordan Jereb, a leader of the white supremacist group Republic of Florida, confirmed to the Associated Press that Cruz was a member. The group describes itself as a “white civil rights organization fighting for white identitarian politics” and seeking to create a “white ethnostate.” Jereb also said that Cruz participated in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee. “He acted on his own behalf of what he just did and he’s solely responsible for what he just did,” Jereb said. In addition, the Anti-Defamation League told ABC News that Jereb had also confirmed to them that Cruz was a member of the Republic of Florida.
White Supremacy, Patriarchy and Guns: FL Shooter Had Record of Death Threats, Violence Against Women | Democracy Now! – Seventeen people were killed and at least 15 other people were wounded Wednesday at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida, in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. More evidence has emerged showing that the gunman, a 19-year-old former student named Nikolas Cruz, shared a common trait with many other men who have carried out mass shootings: He had a record of abusing and threatening women. On Thursday, a white nationalist hate group called the Republic of Florida Militia also claimed the gunman was a member who had trained with the militia, but the group’s leader later walked back the claim. Former classmates of Cruz did describe him as politically extreme and espousing racist beliefs. For more, we speak with George Ciccariello-Maher, a visiting scholar at the Hemispheric Institute at New York University and the author of “Decolonizing Dialectics,” and Trevor Aaronson, executive director and co-founder of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and a contributing writer to The Intercept.
Natalie Lifson // The Florida Douglas High School Shooting Was an Anti-Semitic Hate Crime And Nobody’s Talking About… – Not only did Nikolas Cruz actively and openly hate Jews, not only does he have a history of making threats and committing acts of violence against Jewish students, but he was part of a white supremacist organization called Republic of Florida Militia that self-identifies as a “white civil rights organization” that fights for the “ultimate creation of a white ethnostate.” Nikolas was a member of the ROF and participated in one or more of their “training drills.”
“We’re not a big fan of Jews,” Republic of Florida Militia leader Jordan Jerub stated in an interview with The Daily Beast. “I think there were a lot of Jews at the school that might have been messing with him.”
Jerub’s statement is very telling. Even if Cruz was not entirely motivated by anti-Semitism (there are certainly other factors as well, including but not limited to his expulsion from Douglas), his hatred of the Jews who attended his school undoubtedly played a major role in his motivations. While there is room to question Cruz’s exact motivations, I find it troubling that such a visible connection to anti-Semitism is being overlooked as irrelevant enough to entirely exclude it from many major news articles; if a white supremacist blatantly and frequently spoke about abhorrence for any other minority and then shot up a school- even one he used to attend- that consisted mostly of members of that ethnic group, people would be rioting. People are not rioting and not taking Cruz’s anti-Semitism seriously because common anti-Semitic tropes paint Jews as powerful and privileged, which leaves room for people to ignore the fact that our long history of oppression continues to this day.
Rafael Olmeda // Nikolas Cruz warned freshman before shooting: ‘You’d better get out of here’ – Sun Sentinel – As he made his way out of the building, he said, he saw assistant football coach Aaron Feis unlocking a gate in preparation for dismissal.
“I told him I saw a gun,” McKenna said. “He said ‘let me go check it out.’ Then he drove me to the baseball field, dropped me off, and went back to the school. That’s the last I saw of him.”
McKenna said he was still with Feis when he heard the fire alarm that precipitated the rampage.
Feis was among the dead.
FACT CHECK: Is This the Florida Shooter in an Antifa Shirt? – As authorities worked to verify information about the gunman after a 14 February 2018 mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida, internet trolls searched for any piece of media (real or fake) they could use to demonize their political opponents. Some such trolls spread a photograph that they claimed showed the gunman, Nikolas Cruz, wearing an “antifa” (anti-fascist) shirt via online forums, blogs, and social media pages. Not only is the man shown in the photograph not shooter Nikolas Cruz, but the t-shirt that person is wearing in the picture has nothing to do with the antifa movement, which has its roots in 1930s anti-fascist movements in Europe.
This image first gained prominence when an impostor Twitter account posing as that of an antifa group from Laguna Beach, California, posted it:
By JULIE TURKEWITZ, PATRICIA MAZZEI and AUDRA D. S. BURCHFEB. 15, 2018 // Suspect Confessed to Police That He Began Shooting Students ‘in the Hallways’ – The New York Times – Two Instagram accounts that classmates said belonged to Mr. Cruz were filled with images of weaponry, as well as the hats and bandannas he liked to wear to school. Among more innocuous pictures of animals, including a dog and a gecko, was a picture of a slaughtered toad. In response to a comment on that image, Mr. Cruz wrote that toads tended to run away when they saw him, because “I killed a lot of them.”
Other posts on the first account, like one captioned “arsenal,” showcased collections of firearms, including what appears to be a Savage Axis bolt-action rifle, a Smith and Wesson M&P15-series rifle, and at least two shotguns.