An Indiana man’s twisted attempt to gain public sympathy for the white nationalist movement has landed him behind bars.
Prosecutors on Friday charged 32-year-old Eric Radulovic with transmitting a threat after he used online forum 4chan to plan a “false flag” attack targeting alt-right activists, the Indianapolis Star reported. The goal? To sway public opinion in favor of white nationalists after last summer’s deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Heather Heyer, a counter-protester, was killed after a neo-Nazi drove his car into a group of anti-racism activists. Federal authorities said Radulovic was “upset” over the August 2017 rally and went so far as to pose as a white nationalist online, threatening those who hoped to attend the “Boston Free Speech” rally the following week.
A post for the event invited folks who enjoyed their free speech rights to attend and ” … stand up against ANTIFA terrorism,” according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Massachusetts.
“I’m going to bring a Remington 700 and start shooting Alt-right guys. We need sympathy after that landwhale got all the liberals teary eyed,” he wrote on the Politically Incorrect message board, referencing Heyer. “Someone is going to have to make it look like the left is becoming more violent and radicalized.”
“It’s a false flag for sure,” his post continued, “but I’ll be aiming for the more tanned/dark haired muddied jeans in the crowd so real whites won’t have to worry.”
Radulovic was charged with one count of “transmitting in interstate and foreign commerce a threat to injure the person of another,” the U.S. Attorney’s office in Massachusetts stated. He faces up to five years in prison and three years of supervised release if convicted, not to mention a $250,000 fine, according to the Indy Star.