Robert Sterkeson, a resident of Glendale, Arizona, is a white supremacist who frequently targets Jews, African-Americans, the LGBTQ community, and Muslims; in October 2018, on the day of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, Sterkeson entered the lobby of the Arizona Biltmore hotel, which was hosting the Jewish National Fund Conference, and unfurled a Nazi flag.
Self-proclaimed neo-Nazi Robert Sterkeson was the man who also interrupted Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ March 5th rally in Arizona when he waved a Nazi flag behind Sanders and began shouting ‘Heil Hitler’.
Senator Sanders has spoken publicly in recent months about his Jewish ancestry as a way to diffuse the wide criticism for his association with vile antisemites like Linda Sarsour, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Jeremy Corbyn.
That same day, Robert Sterkeson posted video and images of the stunt on social media and bragged the he is the one who had flown the swastika at a “Jewish National Fund conference on the same day as the synagogue shooting!” He followed by posting the hashtag: #RobertBowersDidNothingWrong.”
The popular phrase “what starts with Jews never ends with Jews” can be perfectly demonstrated by Sterkeson; Since at least 2006, he has owned the domain name BombIslam.com (now temporarily suspended by host website NameCheap.com) where he has long posted vile anti-Muslim propaganda and at one time sold T-shirts with the slogan, “Islam is the cancer. Nukes are the answer.”
In recent years, Sterkeson has taken to using his real name online, and he made it clear his hatred was no longer limited to Muslims and expressed hatred for Jews, African-Americans, the LGBT community and immigrants, too. He also purchased the domain name BombIsrael.com.
Robert Sterkeson’s rhetoric and actions are so problematic, he is now kicked off multiple major social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, as well as Gab and Minds, which in the past have been more tolerant of white supremacists.