On Wednesday, the Daily Stormer published numerous tweets in which Twitter users displayed sadness and disappointment over the election results. Many expressed fear for the LGBTQ community, minorities and women.
“You can troll these people and definitely get some of them to kill themselves,” Andrew Anglin, the website’s publisher, wrote in a post on the site alongside the tweets.
He continued, “Just be like ‘it’s the only way you can prove to the racists that Hillary was right all along.’ ‘Mass Suicides After Trump Victory’ would be a headline the media would play up, but all it would do would demoralize the left even further.”
The post also featured a cartoon of Pepe the Frog — recently designated a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League — pointing a gun at a woman wearing a blindfold with the word “slut” on it.
Ironically, the site includes a disclaimer saying that the Daily Stormer is “opposed to violence” and that anyone who suggest or promote violence in the comments section of their site will be banned.
Anglin also made threats of violence against liberals after the election in a different blog post.
“We beat you,” he wrote in a post aimed at liberals and Clinton-supporters. “We beat you badly. And now that you are on the ground, we are going to keep kicking you in the head. I have heard there are no tears in heaven. So you should probably just kill yourselves. And you should livestream it.”
Ryan Lenz, editor of Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch tells PEOPLE that Anglin has been a longtime Trump supporter.
“Andrew Anglin has been publishing the Daily Stormer for a number of years,” he says. “It’s the most prominent, most influential Neo-Nazi website in the United States today. It is a website that over the course of the Trump campaign was particularly energized and focused on unifying a bunch of trolls, white supremacists, white nationalists, Neo-Nazis behind the Trump campaign.”
“With the election of Donald Trump, who they call ‘our Glorious Leader,’ they have seen what they they view as a key change in the American perspective on racism in America and what they are allowed to do and say as a result,” he added.
Lenz also talked about the surge in reports of hate crimes and racially charged incidents after Trump’s win.
“It’s a definite surge. Overnight we had over 200 reports — some of them were hoaxes but that’s why we say they were just reports, you know? Right now we say that we have some upwards of 300 reports that are being reviewed, I can’t speak to their validity or authenticity.”
Lenz added that immediately after Trump’s win, Anglin was encouraging readers to intimidate, troll and bully minorities and immigrants in order make them feel “afraid about America” and want to “self-deport.”
Police in upstate New York are investigating after someone wrote “Make America White Again” and drew a swastika symbol on the back wall of a community softball league’s dugout. In addition, a video has surfaced showing students at Michigan’s Royal Oak Middle School chanting “build the wall,” sparking concern among parents worried about their children’s safety.
Celebrities have also faced harassment from alleged Trump supporters. Actress Emmy Rossum, who is Jewish, said on Sunday that Trump supporters were sending her anti-Semitic messages on Twitter.
“Trump supporters are sending me messages threatening to send me & my ‘ilk’ to the gas chambers & writing hashtags like ‘
#sieg hiel’. NOT OK,” she wrote.
Silicon Valley stars Thomas Middleditch and Kumail Nanjiani said they were harassed by Trump supporters at a bar in Los Angeles. They claimed that the two men, described as white men in their 20s, called them “cucks,” which is a disparaging term for a liberal man that is commonly used by the alt-right.
Many have also called on Trump to condemn the rise in reported hate crimes in the wake of his election. A Trump spokesperson would not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
In an interview with 60 Minutes that aired on Sunday, Trump addressed the incidents head on:
“I am so saddened to hear that and I say stop it, if it helps,” he said when asked about the reports. “I’ll say it right to the camera — stop it.”