Militia crank Jim Stachowiak held an armed rally before the Georgia state capitol today to call for more fear and loathing towards Muslims. An outspoken supporter of Donald Trump’s harsher, meaner immigration policies, Stachowiak desecrated a Qur’an along with pictures of Muhammad, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Loretta Lynch to make his point.
But Stachowiak had to do it all alone because none of his fellow militia ‘patriots’ can stand him.
— Robbie Medwed (@rjmedwed) April 18, 2016
Stachowiak has a long history of being kicked out of various affinity groups for his relentless eliminationism and combative interactions.
Known for constant violent language towards Muslims, Stachowiak has picked many fights with other militia leadership figures over the years — including one with Gary Hunt, who is pretty much the dean of the patriot movement.
Toxic even within his own community, Stachowiak has also made enemies by mercilessly trolling fellow military veterans and anyone else who gets on the wrong side of him, which is reportedly easy to do. He was even arrested in 2010 for posting a person’s image in social media to denounce them as a “terrorist.”
Many of his critics cite additional signs of something dirtier in his character. In 2008, Stachowiak briefly worked as an Augusta State University police officer until he was fired and charged with providing alcohol to a minor female who stayed the night at his house.
Within the ‘patriot’ community, stories about shady behavior have helped foster a widespread negative image of Stachowiak, reducing his reach.
Unaware of his infamy, responsible law enforcement agencies in the state capital assumed the worst and issued a press release to warn the public about Stachowiak’s plans to hold today’s demonstration.
“The Georgia Department of Public Safety and the Georgia Building Authority anticipate a non-permitted, anti-Islamic protest on the sidewalks of the Georgia State Capitol,” said Capitol Police Director Lewis G. Young, in his advisory to state employees. “You are hereby notified that protest organizers have encouraged their participants to carry loaded long guns.
“DPS is currently monitoring the threat risk and, together with GBA, is taking precautions to make Capitol Hill a safe environment,” it continued.
The Georgia Building Authority had earlier turned down a request for a permit for a “United against Islam and Islamic immigration refugee rally” at Liberty Plaza from James Stachowiak, who dubs himself the founder and editor of “Freedom Fighter Radio.”
‘Freedom Fighter Radio’ is the name of Stachowiak’s podcast, which he used to manage through Blog Talk Radio until the website banned him for encouraging harassment. He also uses YouTube to spread his message.
That was enough to get the attention of RT America, which has featured Stachowiak a few times, but it’s a hollow kind of fame.
In fact, it’s not clear that Stachowiak has a single, real-world friend willing to show up and take part in his activities.
Initially asserting that a crowd of 200 would attend, this weekend Stachowiak revised his estimate down to “a few.” When he arrived today, all but one person present for his event were either reporters, gawkers, or people concerned by his message of intolerance.
Anti-Muslim protest setting up. pic.twitter.com/fpgbrBQWOt
— Aaron Gould Sheinin (@asheinin) April 18, 2016
Nor was this the first time Stachowiak has put on his armed, one-man Muslim-hating show. During 2015, he showed up uninvited on Mondays outside a local military recruiting center to ‘guard’ personnel against ‘terrorists’ by standing on the street corner with a semiautomatic assault rifle.
Let this be a lesson for news editors everywhere: sometimes, the most disturbing attention-seekers are even less than they seem.