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State Department staffer outed as white nationalist

by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/09/19, 12:49 pm

WASHINGTON—The U.S. State Department has suspended an employee accused of secretly serving as a prominent member of the white nationalist movement. The Southern Poverty Law Center released a report Wednesday claiming that Matthew Gebert, a State Department civil servant since 2013, used the alias “Coach Finstock” to correspond with other white supremacists and advocate for a “whites only” country via social media.

How involved was he? Gebert attended the 2017 white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., where counterprotester Heather Heyer was killed. He said on a podcast that white people needed “a country of our own with nukes. … And you watch how the world trembles.” He and his wife, Anna Vuckovic, would host other white nationalists at their home in Leesburg, Va. At the State Department, he most recently worked as a foreign affairs officer for the Bureau of Energy Resources.

Dig deeper: Read Sophia Lee’s report in WORLD Magazine about former white supremacists “leaving hate behind.”


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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Cyborg3
    Posted: Sat, 08/10/2019 12:39 am

    This is a very slippery slope where anybody with “extreme views” will be fired and forced out of government!  Quickly, the left is attempting to label Christians and conservatives as dangerous extremists! When will Christians be forced out as “extremists”? As long as someone doesn’t break the law, and inject their political opinions into government in an illegal fashion, then they should be allowed to stay. Can government be trusted to decide which extremists are appropriate to stay or be fired from government?  

  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Sat, 08/10/2019 11:34 am

    Cyborg3, I respect you, and I would like with this post to share a concern that I have.

    I appreciate that you are trying to fight for what is right.  But to me, your late posts have sounded desperate and angry.  Brother, to what extent have you been reading God's Word?  How much time do you spend researching and analyzing God's Word versus national news?

    I write this in the spirit of love.  I hope that you take my post this way.  I promise not to post it again.

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