The conservative publishing house Regnery is known more for its line-up of authors than by its own name. Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Newt Gingrich, and President Donald Trump have all had their books released through Regnery, and the company has stayed solidly right-wing since its founding in 1947.
However, a recent report by Mother Jones indicates that the publishing house may fall even further right than previously recognized, as heir William H. Regnery II has been using his influence and money to fund white supremacist groups for years.
Regnery was deeply troubled by what he saw as a shrinking white America decades before Trump and Chief Advisor Steve Bannon made it to the White House. According to Mother Jones, he once wrote in a rant that, "a flood of immigrants were changing the look of America from a palette of prime colors to a third-world monochrome. Instead of a lingua franca, the country clanged with many foreign tongues.”
Regnery witnessed a rapidly changing America, and instead of seeing diversity as an opportunity, became terrified of the unknown.
By 1999 he had concluded that, after years of consorting with proponents of eugenics, neo-Nazis, and a myriad of other racist philosophers, white nationalism was the key to saving America. Regnery envisioned a heavily-reconfigured United States of which a purely white nation would be born.
While his extreme beliefs and dubious connections ostracized him from both the mainstream GOP at the time and his more conventionally conservative family, he pushed forward with every tool at his disposal.
Regnery used his inherited publishing house to print far-right-wing books and founded the white supremacist nonprofit the Charles Martel Society to channel money into.
He also created the white nationalist think tank the National Policy Institute, hiring fellow racist Louis Andrews to run it until 2010, when Andrews was diagnosed with cancer. It was then that Regnery decided to put his power behind now-famed neo-Nazi Richard Spencer.
Spencer was made president of NPI because he was young, well-educated, and was unabashed about "making a dramatic break from the conservative movement." With Regnery's support, Spencer was able to launch the alt-right movement, and it took off thanks to a divided nation and politically-opportune timing.
Throughout his life, Regnery has worked predominately behind the scenes and on the fringe due to the general public's derision of his extremist views. Yet, the current administration has enabled the far-right to move further in and stir the uneasy and racially-charged heart of America.
While Regnery may not be as recognizable a face as his cohort Spencer, make no mistake that he is a critical figure in the white nationalist movement and is one of its most devoted funders. The extent of his influence is made starkly obvious by Spencer himself, who said to Mother Jones, "I don't think I would do a big thing without consulting him."
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