Mayor Not Losing Sleep Over a Few Nazis

Adler rains on Daily Stormer's anti-trans parade

Adler speaks at an Equality March in June
Adler speaks at an Equality March in June (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Mayor Steve Adler has drawn the ire of a popular white supremacist website after he invited transgender military members to join the Austin Police Department in the wake of President Trump’s currently toothless ban on their service.

“Austin’s Jew Mayor Demands Tranny Police Force,” wrote author Goy Orbison (which we cannot imagine is his real name) in a crass, anti-Semitic July 31 post on the Daily Stormer. A Southern Poverty Law Center-designated neo-Nazi hate group, the website’s leader, Andrew Anglin, is credited with helping rally white nationalists behind the Trump campaign. SPLC, which describes the web forum as “the leading extremist website in the country,” sued the publication for its call to threaten and harass a Jewish woman last year.

Orbison bashed Austin’s “degenerate pervert lifestyles”; the late Leslie Cochran; and Greg Abbink, APD’s first openly transgender officer. He also slammed Adler for his opposition to anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4, writing that the mayor wants to harbor “illegal invaders.”

Adler’s spokesperson Jason Stanford told the Chronicle that the mayor doesn’t plan “to lose any sleep if this upsets a few Nazis … Austin is the safest big city in Texas partly because we know that our differences make us stronger. If that means trans troops can help us here in Austin, that’s great.”

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Steve Adler
Mayor Adler on How the 86th Legislature Will Affect Austin
Adler on the Lege
“Something’s going to have to give. It’s real.”

Michael King, May 29, 2019

The Mayor's State of the City Is … Mixed
Mayor's State of the City
Adler touts city initiatives, decries “shadow” of state backlash

Michael King, April 18, 2019

More by Mary Tuma
Women's Health Advocates Brace for
Women's Health Advocates Brace for "Perfect Storm" at Texas Legislature
Republican lawmakers racing to further restrict abortion access

Jan. 15, 2021

ICE Targeted Immigrants in Sanctuary With Hefty Fines, Emails Show
ICE Targeted Immigrants in Sanctuary With Hefty Fines, Emails Show
Documents show Trump administration surveilled and targeted

Oct. 30, 2020


Steve Adler, Greg Abbink, Leslie Cochran

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle