While I was at the League of the South conference this weekend, Salon.com published this libelous article which attempts to link the League to Annapolis shooter Jarrod Ramos:
“When the identity of the apparent gunman in the massacre of five journalists in Annapolis, Maryland, was revealed, Jonathan Hutson, a communications consultant and writer who lives nearby, had a shock of recognition. The suspect, Jarrod Ramos, had contacted Hutson in March 2015, taunting him about his role in alerting law enforcement and thwarting a potential mass killer who threatened schoolchildren and Jews in far-away Montana. …
Clarkson sees this as tied to Peroutka’s old allies at the League of the South. “Ramos came to see himself as some kind of vigilante for righteousness, casting himself for example as a ‘crusader’ and gunning down innocent people in a newsroom,” Clarkson said, which “is not unlike the militaristic, millennial vision of Michael Hill, president of the League of the South. Last year [Hill] rallied what he calls the Southern Defense Force, which he envisions as not just a modern Confederate army but the ‘Army of the True Living God.’ This is the group that played a prominent role in the Unite the Right march on Charlottesville.” …”
Here’s the alleged connection:
1.) Jarrod Ramos tweeted about Donald Trump and Michael Peroutka.
2.) Several years ago, Michael Peroutka was a member of the League of the South.
3.) Therefore, Jarrod Ramos is connected to the League of the South.
The League of the South had never heard of Jarrod Ramos until the Annapolis shooting. There is no proof that Ramos has ever heard of the League either. Anyway, this is another example of the garbage journalism that is posted on Salon.com, but it is something that I wanted to respond to. We’re tired of being “linked” by journalists to mass shooters who have no ties whatsoever to our organization.
Note: This is the sort of irresponsible reporting that inspired Ramos to shoot journalists though. It is also why the public has so little trust in the mainstream media.