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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 political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    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.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Thu, 08/22/2019 11:57 pm

    Thanks Brendan for your concern but things are going fine. I think you misread my post if you think I am “desperate and angry”.  Yes, I am concerned about the direction our country is going. I am frustrated that many Christians seem to put their heads in the sand about what is going on. The blatant propaganda that is passed around as news should worry sensible people. The corruption in government should be a concern for Christians and many seem content to ignore it. The radical positions that the Democrats are embracing should also raise concern in us.  We shouldn’t act like everything is OK when it is not. All of this indicates the spiritual condition in America, where many are falling away and are not living the faith!  This shouldn’t discourage us but cause us to renew our efforts both in the church and in the political sphere! Carpe Diem!