A pro-Nazi rally took place in Wisconsin today amidst growing antisemitic attacks, organized by the white supremacist group Blood Tribe and their leader Christopher Pohlhaus.

Who is Christopher Pohlhaus?

Christopher Alan Pohlhaus, self-identified as “The Hammer,” is a former Marine and neo-Nazi leading the white nationalist organization known as the Blood Tribe. Operating out of Maine, Pohlhaus manages several Telegram channels notorious for disseminating genocidal and neo-Nazi content. He is heavily armed and openly affiliates with white supremacists, actively participating in their pursuit of constructing an ethno-state. Additionally, he has admitted to vandalizing numerous businesses with neo-Nazi materials.

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The Blood Tribe, an extremist group with semi-autonomous branches in the U.S. and Canada, advocates aggressive white supremacist ideologies, overtly targeting Jews, nonwhites, and the LGBTQ+ community. In 2020, the group displayed dozens of white supremacist banners across the country, with Pohlhaus posting a photo on social media of himself stepping on the Israeli flag.

As Pohlhaus’s following grew, he organized private white supremacist gatherings, evolving them into formal Blood Tribe “membership ceremonies.” In 2023, Blood Tribe members participated in anti-LGBTQ+ protests, donning uniforms and masks, displaying swastika flags, making Hitler salutes, and hurling racist and anti-LGBTQ+ insults.

Pohlhaus, recognized as a white supremacist tattoo artist, previously enjoyed a comfortable income from his work in San Antonio before relocating to Maine. In July 2022, he shared a now-deleted thread featuring a photo of a Totenkopf (skull-and-bones) tattoo he inked on Jon Minadeo, a two-time ‘Antisemite of the Week.’ The Totenkopf design, appropriated by the Nazis, is a popular symbol among white supremacist groups.

Collaborating with Denis Kapustin, a Ukrainian neo-Nazi, violent rioter, and paramilitary leader, Pohlhaus discussed plans to establish a neo-Nazi pipeline of volunteer soldiers from the U.S. to Ukraine in a podcast appearance.

Currently spearheading a movement to bring neo-Nazis to Maine under the guise of establishing a “peaceful project” for a white ethno-state, Pohlhaus’s true intentions were exposed in a leaked video where he discussed targeting and shooting truckers in sniper operations to disrupt the United States’ supply chain. He advocates violent accelerationism, an ideology promoting terrorism to hasten government collapse.

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Due to his abhorrent antisemitic and white supremacist views, Christopher has faced severe consequences, including job losses, terminated business partnerships, and disassociation from platforms such as Venmo and TeeSpring. He was even banned from Planet Fitness for wearing Nazi clothing during workouts.