Politics

08.11.14

Awkward: This Democratic Judicial Candidate's Husband Is a White Supremacist

The husband of a Democratic candidate running for a judicial seat in Connecticut has just made things very difficult for his wife.

The husband of a Connecticut Democrat running for a probate judge seat caused a social media kerfluffle on Friday after it turned out he’s an enthusiastic backer of what looks a lot like white supremacy, much to the exasperation of his political wife, who faces the voters on Tuesday.

Robert Freeman made headlines on Friday after his blog Mindweapons of Ragnarok was exposed by One People’s Project, an organization devoted to monitoring hate groups.

On his blog, he writes how he wants to establish whites-only towns, employing individuals from other cultures and races as spies in an agenda to shape America in his image.

His wife, Anna Zubkova, is running as a Democrat for a probate judge seat in Plainfield, Conn. The election is on Tuesday and Freeman is rightfully concerned that his political views might infringe upon her chances.

“He did not have those views when we married, but acquired them after,” Zubkova told The Norwich Bulletin. “What am I supposed to do? Divorce him? It’s not unusual for husbands and wives to have different views.”

According to Freeman, Zubkova, who did not respond to a request for comment from The Daily Beast, obtained her citizenship through the marriage.

Freeman originally responded to the allegations on his website in a post Friday.

“I am pro-white, because so much out there is anti-white,” he wrote. “I am defending that part of my identity that is being attacked. I am not attacking other races, I am defending my own, and I welcome all sincere allies—Black, Hispanic, Jewish, Asian, Muslim, Arab, Persian. If I missed anyone, chime in.”

His definition of welcoming allies, as he explained in an interview with the Daily Beast, amounts to using individuals of other ethnicities to promote his agenda without them knowing it.

“You don’t tell them the whole mission,” Freeman said. “It’s better to have people working for you when they don’t even realize who they’re working for. They kind of realize, but kind of don’t. There’s kind of a grey area there. With non-white people and Jewish people, with white people too—who might be liberal—they don’t have to see the whole picture.”

The example Freeman provided of this relationship, which he equated to employing CIA agents under the observation of intelligence case officers, was an American using a Pakistani individual “to work the system.”

“One of the things about America being a multicultural country is that the whole world has come to us,” he said. “So if you want to be a spy, you don’t have to travel to a foreign country. They’re here. And you just got to go make friends with them. So you make friends with this Pakistani, he shows you how to open and run convenience stores. And then you go and open a convenience store and it’s the ‘All-American convenience store.’”

Freeman described the “all-American convenience store” as one that supports the local community, the Little League team and nearby parades.

“I do all this stuff in the community and the haji mart over there,” he said, using the slang for Iraqis used by U.S. soldiers. “They don’t do that,” Freeman said. “I’m just saying you should come to my convenience store instead.”

That example plays into his goal of creating neighborhoods for white people exclusively, as he believes it is hypocritical for a Chinatown to exist in a city while white people, like him, get flak for suggesting that they want to live in an ethnically homogenous environment.

“In case you haven’t noticed, there’s Chinatowns,” he said. “There are neighborhoods that are dominated by black people, that are dominated by Hispanic people. But somehow, whenever you have an area dominated by white people, that’s somehow bad and it needs more diversity. There’s this big double standard.”

“One of the things about America being a multicultural country is that the whole world has come to us. So if you want to be a spy, you don’t have to travel to a foreign country.”

I asked Freeman whether he considered historical elements of persecution and disadvantages in the construction of his political beliefs.

“Persecution is good for you” Freeman said, pointing to the Jewish people “conquering” Europe after the Holocaust as an example. “If it doesn’t kill you. As Nietzsche said, ‘That which does not kill you makes you stronger.’” (Ed. Note: After this article was published, Freeman emailed to say that he did not mean the Holocaust when we talked about how persecution supposedly made Jews stronger. “I said that The Judensau Mural [a mural, painted in 1475, that depicts Jews suckling a female pig] was in Frankfurt Germany, and it was from Frankfurt Germany that the Rothschilds came out. I didn’t say the word ‘Holocaust’ even once. You got Holocaust on the brain, Mr. Resnick.”)

“You’re Jewish, right?” Freeman asked.

I responded that I didn’t think that was relevant to the conversation. For the record, I am.

“I’m not saying it to be offensive, dude,” Freeman assured me. “I don’t hate you. I don’t hate Jews.”

“He’s part of what he calls White Nationalism 2.0.” (Ed. Note: an earlier version of this article stated that Freeman was part of the National Alliance 2.0, a new generation of white sepremacists named after the Neo-Nazi group National Alliance founded in 1970. Freeman says White nationalism 2.0 has nothing to do with the National Alliance.)

The liberal agenda in the United States is systematically working to keep white people down, Freeman explained. And people of other ethnicities are being used to accomplish this goal.

“I think black people and Hispanic people are used as pawns to hurt white people,” Freeman said. “I’ve always seen people of color as kind of pawns.”

Freeman characterized his political beliefs as fanaticism and at one point in the conversation said that he fears his thoughts sometimes. But that doesn’t preclude him from pursuing his dreams of American-owned convenience stores, segregated societies and ethnic spies in his larger game. There’s no time for hatred. No room for anger.

His wife might disagree. It now seems unlikely, to say the least, that she could win, but she’s soldiering on, and says her husband’s views would not influence her conduct on the bench.

“As a judge, I can assure you I would not discriminate against anyone, even based on their beliefs,” she told The Norwalk Bulletin. “In my career, I’ve represented clients from many different backgrounds and races, all to the best of my knowledge and ability."

Members of the Plainfield Democratic Town Committee, which endorsed her, have expressed shock, with one telling the Bulletin the disclosure was like “getting kicked in the stomach.”

Freeman, for his part, is standing his ground.

“I think things would be a lot better. If my side had had real clout, there would have been no Iraq War. Sometimes it’s good to have your own power check. Sometimes one can have too much power.”

Except, of course, white people.