A white supremacist blogger and podcast host was forced to resign from the popular “alt-right” website he had created after it was revealed that his wife is Jewish.
Mike Peinovich, who used the online pseudonym Mike Enoch, was the founder of the popular white nationalist website The Right Stuff (TRS) and co-host of the podcast “The Daily Shoah,” a play on the Hebrew term for the Holocaust.
Prior to the unmasking of his true identity over the weekend, Peinovich had been considered one of the leading figures of the emerging white nationalist movement in America, along with Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin and Richard Spencer, who helped coin the term alt-right, according to Salon web magazine.
The first cracks in Peinovich’s facade as Mike Enoch first appeared in December, when a white nationalist rival told his followers that a key figure in the movement “is morbidly obese and is married to a Jewish woman,” Salon reported.
When contacted by Salon, Peinovich denied that he is Mike Enoch, but admitted that he had been involved with TRS “writing a few libertarian articles.” He said he had “cut off ties when they went the direction they are going now, and that was 4 years ago.”
Peinovich also admitted that his wife was Jewish, and implored Salon to help him refute the claims that he is Mike Enoch.
However, as the rumors continued to swirl, Peinovich finally admitted that he is Enoch last weekend, admitting to his followers, “My wife is who they say she is, I won’t even bother denying it, I won’t bother making excuses. If this makes you want to leave the movement, or to have nothing to do with TRS, then I understand.”
Shortly after his confession, it was announced that Peinovich was resigning from TRS, Salon reported.
Peinovich’s fans reacted angrily to the news that his wife is Jewish, posting pictures online of him and his wife in gas chambers.
However, other fans reacted with disappointment, with one listener of “The Daily Shoah” quoted as saying, “Although I will continue to listen to the Shoah I just don’t know if I will be able to take Enoch as seriously as I used to,” as “it just feels like they’re just more actors in the same play being orchestrated by the Jews.”