Southern Poverty Law Center, Whitefish woman take on Daily Stormer


Tanya Gersh, a real estate agent from Montana, is suing neo-Nazi blogger Andrew Anglin after he incited an anti-Semitic "troll storm" against Gersh.

A lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court by the Southern Poverty Law Center, along with Helena attorney John Morrison, who is co-counsel in the case.

The post listed Gersh's phone number and home address, along with her 12-year-old son's Twitter handle and her husband's contact information.

Gersh is represented by the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups.

Gersh is suffering from anxiety, is no longer working and is in trauma therapy. Anglin accused Gersh and other Jewish residents of the Montana town of Whitefish of engaging in an "extortion racket" against the mother of white nationalist Richard Spencer.

Sherry Spencer owns a building in Whitefish that was targeted by protesters angry over Richard Spencer's white nationalist stance who called on his mother to disavow his views. In the video, taken days after the 2016 election, he declares, "Hail Trump!" He's the unusual person who was immortalized shouting "Hail Trump" at a Washington, DC, white supremacist conference celebrating Donald Trump's election. Sherry Spencer reached out to Gersh to "help her sell the building and distance herself from her son's activities", but had a "change of heart".

Anglin launched his offensive after he claimed Gersh attempted to "extort" money from the mother of Richard Spencer, the de-facto leader of the "alt-right" movement. It accuses Anglin of invading Gersh's privacy and intentionally inflicting emotional distress. It also outlines how Anglins campaign violated the Montana Anti-Intimidation Act.

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The lawsuit claims Gersh also received threatening phone calls at home as well, with some consisting exclusively of gunshots. One was altered to include a yellow Star of David with the label “Jude” – an allusion to the emblem the Nazi regime required Jews to wear during World War II.

Anglin launched his campaign of harassment and intimidation with these words: "Let's Hit Em Up".

"Are y'all ready for an old fashioned Troll Storm?
Because AYO - it's that time, fam". He said Anglin's alleged campaign against Gersh resulted in more than 700 "incredibly vile" emails, phone calls, text messages and letters.

Gersh and the SPLC argue that Anglin's continued calls to harass her, couched in explicit anti-Semitic language (including a claim that jews were "a vicious, evil race of hate-filled psychopaths"), amounted to "instruction and encouragement" for threats and harassment, explicitly created to cause emotional distress. Gersh recounted coming home one night to find her husband sitting in the house with all the lights off, suitcases packed. "We have in the Montana Constitution, a specific fundamental right entitled individual dignity and it is perhaps the strongest section in any state constitution in America", Morrison said. “What do we tell our children? "For some reason, Sherry had a change of heart and later attacked Tanya in an article in Medium in December".

She and her family were constantly afraid that someone would come after them, she said.

Nothing in the email exchanges Sherry Spencer attached to her Medium post suggests Gersh was trying to coerce Spencer; instead, Gersh's tone is deferential and sympathetic, and she says she is cutting her commission to the lowest percentage possible in order to facilitate the sale. She has developed medical issues from the harassment and said her hair has started falling out. He promoted the march, which never materialized, with an image that superimposed Gersh, her son and two other Jewish residents on a picture of the front gate of the Auschwitz concentration camp, according to SPLC. “I know Im not the first person Andrew Anglin has victimized.”. “Im very proud of her as a friend.”.