A prominent white nationalist was expelled from the US military three months after a Huff Post investigation revealed that he had joined the Air Force and graduated from basic training.
Shawn McCaffrey, 28, “is no longer serving in the United States Air Force,” spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said in a statement Thursday.
“Information brought to the attention of your command after Mr. McCaffrey’s enlistment led to an entry-level separation due to erroneous enlistment,” Stefanek said without elaborating.
McCaffrey, who lives near Detroit and did not immediately respond to a request for comment, was a key member of Identity Evropa, a group infamous for its role in the deadly 2017 white supremacist “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Although McCaffrey did not attend the Charlottesville rally, he remained very active with Identity Evropa, traveling with its leaders to a white nationalist conference in Washington, DC, in 2016. In the years that followed, he remained a fixture on the far right, co – host a racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic podcast.
McCaffrey joined the Air Force in late January and graduated from training camp in March, as HuffPost first reported, even when the military underwent a historical order of withdrawal tackling extremism in the ranks, a problem that predominance current and former military personnel who participated in the assault on the United States Capitol on January 6.
Experts have long warned of the dangers of extremists in the military, where they receive combat training that they can use to inflict violence on civilian targets and can recruit other military men and women in service to their cause.
McCaffrey was still an Airman 1st Class in Active Duty Technical Training early last month, prompting Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Who chairs the Military Personnel Subcommittee, to announce that she would demand responses from the top of the Air Force. brass.
“I will be contacting Air Force leaders to find out why this individual, who has his own author page on a website for far-right extremists, describes himself as an ‘activist’ and co-host of a weekly podcast attacking Jews, women, LGBTQ + people, the US military and many others using unacceptable insults, remains on active duty and under review given the abundant public evidence of his extremist ties, ”Speier said. in a statement at the time.
The military has codes that prohibit extremism, but law enforcement is often left to the whims of commanders. In 2019, HuffPost helped expose 11 U.S. military as members of Identity Evropa. Only six were eventually expelled from the army, and the other five were allowed to stay.
McCaffrey had a long and at times public association with far-right groups. In 2017, he joined neo-Nazis in Queens, New York, in trolling a live-streamed anti-Trump art installation.
More recently, he has positioned himself as a close ally of white nationalist Nick Fuentes, the leader of America First’s “gropyer” movement, who apparently helped Foster the insurrection of January 6 in the Capitol.
And until last year, McCaffrey co-chaired a live-streamed podcast called “The Weekly Sweat.” Among the guests were some of the country’s most vile and well-known fascists, including white nationalist front man Richard Spencer and Andrew Anglin, founder of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.
In an intensely homophobic episode of “Weekly Sweat,” McCaffrey ranted that homosexuals “We can’t stop buggering each other, “and adds,” You’re never okay. And if you think we will stop after persecuting the Jews … No. Homosexuals are never okay, under any circumstances, and you are not welcome here. It goes beyond mental illness. It is a sick and profound perversion. “
Despite abundant evidence of his extremism, McCaffrey managed to join the Air Force in January. A video from that month, posted on Facebook by the Air Force recruiting center in Detroit, it appeared to show him taking his oath to “support and defend the Constitution” of the United States “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
In April, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin issued a memorandum outlining the Pentagon’s plans to tackle extremism in the military, including improving the way recruits are screened.
In February, about a month after the January 6 insurrection, Austin issued the 60-day withdrawal order, requiring commanders to have “necessary discussions” about extremism with troops.
“We will not tolerate actions that go against the fundamental principles of the oath we share, including actions associated with extremist or dissident ideologies,” he wrote in a memo announcing the order.
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