Alas, poor Aurick
|By Dave Maass|
Neo-Nazi who antagonized Rep. Bob Filner gets a visit from the copsAs Congressmember Bob Filner prepares for the next leg of his political career, a potential run for San Diego mayor, we thought it time to tie off one of the loose ends of his last campaign.
On election night, Filner was accosted by an angry mob of Tea Party supporters of his Republican opponent, Nick Popaditch. Among them was one self-avowed white supremacist who later posted a YouTube video of the night, combining footage of the fracas with violent imagery and a call for armed revolution.
CityBeat reported extensively on the neo-Nazi, whom we only knew by his online handle, Aurick the Great White Elf. The story briefly went national after he praised Jared Lee Loughner, the accused Jan. 8 Tucson shooter, on a white-nationalist message board. Filner used the incident as evidence to tie extremist elements to the Tea Party.
Recently, CityBeat discovered a whole second YouTube account for Aurick, in which it becomes clear that the guy is less a mad insurgent and more a lumbering oaf. He videotaped himself smoking pot, getting hammered on Jaegermeister shots, decrying U.S. aid for Haitian earthquake survivors and rocking out to '80s metal, usually singing with a band.
We never figured out Aurick's real name, but, apparently, local police officers did. Aurick posted a rant about a police encounter on the white-nationalist message board, Stormfront.org, claiming officers entered his home in February. We have independently verified that police did visit him in Chula Vista.
Aurick says officers addressed him by his screen name and asked if he owned weapons. Online, Aurick describes himself as an AK-47 fan and admits he tells “scumbags” in his neighborhood, “Don't even think about robbing me or anything or I'll shoot you.” He now says that's a bluff, because he's too poor to own firearms.
“I think they're just cracking down and mistakenly thought I was some threat, and after the brief humiliation of being interrogated in my underwear they left after seeing I was no threat to anyone,” Aurick wrote. He added, in his typical typo-riddled prose, “The fags left after that and probably went and faged each other like the but buddies they are!” Some white-nationalist users encouraged Aurick to sue or move away, or suggested the police were undercover Jewish agents. Others questioned the veracity of Aurick's claim since his account evolved over the course of several posts.
When we mentioned Aurick to Jeff Hall, the southern California regional director for the National Socialist Movement, during a brief interview several months back, he wrote Aurick off as a “net Nazi,” a racist who talks big on the internet but rarely acts.
With that, we consider the case closed.