Politico Editor Resigns After Posting White Supremacist’s Address on Facebook

Michael Hirsh threatened to bring a baseball bat to the home of National Policy Institute president Richard Spencer


Politico magazine national editor Michael Hirsh resigned on Tuesday after posting the addresses of an alt-right leader on Facebook.

Hirsh published the home addresses of white supremacist Richard Spencer on Tuesday morning, calling on his followers to “exercise your rights as decent Americans.” In a separate post, Hirsh threatened to bring baseball bats to Spencer’s home.

Both posts have since been deleted, but were captured by the Daily Caller.

“Stop whining about Richard B. Spencer, Nazi, and exercise your rights as decent Americans,” Hirsh wrote in his first post, which was followed up by a post comparing the alt-right to an American Nazi organization of the 1930s.

“I wasn’t thinking of [sending] a f—ing letter, Doug,” he wrote, responding to a commenter. “He lives part of the time next door to me in Arlington. Our grandfathers brought baseball bats to Bund meetings. Want to join me?”

Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Editor Carrie Budoff Brown denounced Hirsh’s actions in a joint statement on Tuesday, saying, “These posts were clearly outside the bounds of acceptable discourse, and Politico editors regard them as a serious lapse of newsroom standards. They crossed a line in ways that the publication will not defend, and editors are taking steps to ensure that such a lapse does not occur again.”

Hirsh’s post came days after Spencer’s organization, the National Policy Institute, held its annual conference in Washington D.C., where Spencer said America “was, until this last generation, a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity.”

“It is our creation, it is our inheritance, and it belongs to us,” he said in a speech that was met with Nazi salutes by those in the audience.