Robert Sterkeson Biography, Robert Sterkeson Wiki
Robert Sterkeson was the man who held up a Nazi flag at a Bernie Sanders rally in Arizona on March 5, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Sterkeson is the founder of the Islamophobic group, Bomb Islam.
A man brought a literal Nazi flag to the rally of a Jewish Socialist candidate for President
He was escorted out by security forcespic.twitter.com/KOLhyJJFxZ
— Siddak Ahuja (@SiddakAhuja) March 6, 2020
Not long after unfurling the flag at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Sterkeson began to shout, “Heil Hitler,” witnesses said. Sanders’ supporters ripped the flag from Sterkeson’s hands before security escorted him out.
In a social media post, Sterkeson identified himself as the man who was behind the stunt. Sterkeson posted a video of the incident and wrote, “This is me at a Bernie Sanders rally unfurling the Swastika behind him right as he came out. Footage on tomorrow’s episode.”
On his YouTube channel, Sterkeson refers to himself as a 2024 Presidential candidate. Sterkeson writes, “Sick of Clown World? Help me get the nuclear codes.” He then provides links to his BitCoin account. The majority of the videos on Sterkeson’s page are of him playing various video games. Sterkeson calls himself the “Commander in Chief” on a now-deleted LinkedIn page. The profile photo on that Linked-In page showed Sterkeson with an assault rifle.
On a separate account, Sterkeson writes, “Islam is the cancer. NUKES are the answer!” In his most recent video, Sterkeson posts and comments on a series of racist memes taking aim at African-Americans, the LGBTQ community, rapper Cardi B, and Jewish people. Sterkeson makes no mention of the Bernie Sanders rally. He spends the latter half of his show putting a racist angle on various news stories.
Bernie Sanders Statement
Speaking to the Washington Post, Sanders surrogate Brianna Westbrook said, “It was absolutely wild. I never thought I would have seen a swastika at a political event. It’s gross.” While an attendee, Ron Mack, told Buzzfeed News that “[Sterkeson] never put his arm down. Everybody was in disbelief.”
Apparently, some Trump supporters brought a Nazi flag to the Bernie Sanders rally in Phoenix.
They were properly escorted out. https://t.co/Vfb9I3FIem
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) March 6, 2020
Nazi Flag at Bernie Sanders Rally Video Footage
— Undead Noir (@UndeadNoir) March 6, 2020
In the video of the incident, Sanders does not appear to notice the flag as he is in the middle of thanking his supporters for showing up to the event. Sanders does notice Sterkeson being escorted out.
The senator from Vermont told the crowd, “Whoever it was, I think they’re a little outnumbered tonight.” The Post described a scene outside of the rally where Donald Trump supporters “got into minor scuffles with Sanders supporters.” Sanders communications director Mike Casca confirmed to CNN, “[Sanders] didn’t see it, but he was told about it afterward and was disturbed.”
Sterkeson’s Brother Johnathon Sterkeson
In 2007, Sterkeson’s brother, Johnathon Sterkeson, was convicted of aggravated assault and illegal discharge of a firearm after shooting another man twice. Robert Sterkson has said that the AK-47 used in the attack was his.
Johnathon Sterkeson argued that the shooting was carried out in self-defense and that he had suffered injuries at the hands of his victim after a physical altercation. The case documents say that Johnathon admitted the shooting. Those documents say the victim suffered “serious injuries” and was hospitalized for 20 days after the shooting.
The victim’s sister wrote in a blog post about the shooting: “The gunman first states that the shooting was an accident and then, after being arrested, claims that it was in self-defense, but somehow had time to separate from My brother and retrieve the assault rifle of his vehicle. Supposedly two shots were fired, the first blow to my brother in the middle of the back as soon as he lost his spine, the second that failed is the body completely. ”
Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting
On the same day as the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October 2018, Sterkeson recorded himself attending the conference of the Jewish National Fund in Arizona wrapped in a Nazi flag. Sterkeson posted the video with the hashtag, “RobertBowersDidNothingWrong.” On October 27, 2018, Robert Bowers was accused of shooting and killing 11 people in the synagogue and injured six others.