The Traditionalist Workers Party, a white nationalist group, came to an end in March as Poolesville native and founder Matthew Heimbach allegedly choked his father-in-law and group co-founder David Parrott to the point of losing consciousness in an Indiana trailer park.
He is due in court to face charges in September, but the charges against him kept him from attending the “Unite The Right 2” rally in Washington, D.C. this weekend.
Heimbach, considered one of America’s leading white nationalists, believed in creating a pure white ethnostate, and blamed the Jews for the Crucifixion of Christ. He first gained notoriety for founding a white student union at Towson in 2012, and for assaulting a protester at a Trump rally in 2016.
In a prior interview, Heimbach described his ideology as being “100-percent socialist, 100-percent nationalist,” and said Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini helped inspire his move to white nationalism. His organization made an appearance at the Charlottesville rally last year, the same rally in which 32-year-old Heather Heyer died when a car, allegedly driven by 21-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio, plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters.