Elliot Kline, a known white supremacist who goes by the name of Eli Mosley — inspired by British fascist leader Oswald Mosley, the man who tried to make England love Nazism after World War II — claimed he was a veteran of war in Iraq.
He also mentioned how U.S. military was apparently a major recruiting ground for far-right groups.
But a New York Times interview conducted by Emma Cott reveals he was lying.
According to the report, the lying bigot even took credit for being a key member in organizing the Charlottesville protests.
While talking on a far-right podcast, Kline identified himself as a human resource administrator, who fires "n****** and sp*** all day. Before that I was in the Army and I got to kill Muslims for fun. I’m not sure which one was better, watching n****** and sp*** cry they can’t feed their little mud children or watching Muslims’ brains sprayed on the wall. Honestly both probably suck compared to listening to a k*** scream…"
In the video, his account of his experience as a war vet to the reporter was totally vague and he couldn’t even give a clear report of the time duration he served in Iraq.
"Well, I went to Kuwait for a little bit, for three months, and it wasn’t really Iraq… and it was toward the end parts, the demobilization period," he said on the Holocaust-denying podcast.
However, the NY Times discovered he was actually lying and had not been deployed to Iraq or anywhere else, for that matter. His army records and conversations with fellow soldiers revealed he had "quit before his contract was up."
After Cott read out his official records obtained from the Army and the National Guard, she asked Kline if he had gone to Iraq.
“I was in Kuwait. I told you that before," he said.
“You told me you went to Kuwait and then you went to Iraq,” asked Cott.
“Well they’re, they’re basically, it’s the sa– it’s uh, very similar the way it works,” Kline responded.
The reporter then questioned him about the dates he was there. “Let me think. Hold on, I’m trying to find out. 2012, I believe, but I gotta look,” he said, pausing in between, before Cott told him that the last troops left Iraq in 2011.
“In order to reach mainstream Americans, white supremacists have learned to cloak their racism in disorienting terms like 'white identity politics.’ Deception is baked into the alt-right, so Eli Mosley is a perfect match for the movement," Cott wrote in an account of the interview.
The controversial figure posed himself as a veteran of war when in actuality he was just a disillusioned person who lied to up his ranks in the white nationalist circles.
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