Matthew Gebert Biography
Matthew Q. Gebert, a foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of Energy Resources, has allegedly been using the pseudonym ‘Coach Finstock’ to share his racist views online, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch reports.
— Jay McKenzie (@JamesFourM) August 7, 2019
Matthew Gebert Career
Gebert joined the State Department in 2013 and he is believed to have become radicalized in the white nationalist movement by about 2015.
Matthew Gebert Twitter, Social Media Accounts
Since then, he has used at least 10 different Twitter handles spanning from 2015 to spring 2019 to spread white supremacist propaganda online and push for a whites-only country.
— Michael Edison Hayden (@MichaelEHayden) August 9, 2019
In a lengthy investigation, the SPLC uncovered many of his social media posts, which included racist memes about Jews and interactions with other white nationalists.
Matthew Gebert White Nationalist Group
It is not clear if Gebert, under his alias Coach Finstock, was posting on social media during his workdays at the State Department.
He would not comment about his alleged white nationalist pseudonym.
I warned the State Dept. about this guy, Matthew Gebert, but they referenced Hatch Act rules & told me, “The Department of State is committed to providing a workplace that is free from discriminatory harassment.” https://t.co/X1EW1ksCpM pic.twitter.com/3dZI9to9qY
— Alex Kotch ? (@alexkotch) August 7, 2019
Sources also told the publication that Gebert’s wife Anna Vuckovic also expressed white nationalist views online under the alias Wolfie James.
Gebert has shared his views on multiple podcasts, declaring under his alias: ‘I consider myself a white nationalist’.
‘(Whites) need a country of our own with nukes, and we will retake this thing lickety split,’ Gebert said in one 2018 podcast.
‘That’s all that we need. We need a country founded for white people with a nuclear deterrent. And you watch how the world trembles.’
He said in one podcast that he attended the deadly Unite the Right rally in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
SPLC sources said Gebert and his wife had hosted white nationalists in the past at their home in Leesburg near Washington D.C to recruit members to the chapter.
The pair also reportedly attended a dinner with Holocaust denier David Irving at a Washington D.C. hotel in 2017 where Gebert is said to have introduced himself as a State Department official.
Gebert also used his real name last year when he made a $200 donation to white supremacist and ex-Republican candidate for Congress Paul Nehlen.
The State Department has yet to reply to Dailymail.com’s request for comment. However, they told the Southern Poverty Law Center the department is ‘committed to providing a workplace that is free from discriminatory harassment and investigates alleged violations of laws, regulations, or Department policies, taking disciplinary action when appropriate.’
— Hatewatch (@Hatewatch) August 8, 2019
Matthew Gebert double life
The colleague of Gebert’s in the State Department told Hatewatch they listened to the voice of “Coach Finstock” on a white nationalist podcast after reading the investigation into his double life. The colleague said Gebert’s voice matched that of “Coach Finstock.”
— Jay McKenzie (@JamesFourM) August 7, 2019
“I listened to a piece of the podcast, and it’s 100 percent him,” the source said.
The independent journalism collective Unicorn Riot published a follow-up story Wednesday on Gebert’s white nationalist ties detailing his activity in a Discord chat in the lead-up to the “Unite the Right” rally in 2017. Discord is a gaming app that sometimes is used by white nationalists to organize.
One of the images published in the Discord chat was of swastika-shaped cookies. One of the sources who spent time in Gebert’s home told Hatewatch after the Unicorn Riot story appeared that cookies shaped like swastikas were served at his home on March 17, 2017. The source recalled that children were in the home at the time the cookies were served.
Trump mentioned Gebert’s Twitter handle
Another Twitter user flagged on Wednesday that Trump, while a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, referred to the account @Q1776, which was manned by Gebert.
“@Q1776: Love fest for DonaldTrump on @marklevinshow just now. Top 5 talk radio audience in country. Great being on the show with Mark!” Trump posted to Twitter on October 5, 2015, referring to a conservative talk show.
Gebert radicalized in 2015, according to his account on a white nationalist forum, Hatewatch reported.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- U.S. State Department official Matthew Q. Gebert has reportedly been overseeing a local chapter of a white nationalist group in Washington D.C.
- Gebert is a foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of Energy Resources and has been working with the State Department since 2013
- He has allegedly been using the pseudonym ‘Coach Finstock’ to share his white nationalist and racist views online
- The report says Gebert has used at least 10 different Twitter handles spanning from 2015 to spring 2019 to spread white supremacist propaganda online