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Here’s An ‘Alt-Right’ Leader’s Sad Attempt To Crowdfund Himself

While Kyle Chapman, also known as 'Based Stickman,' might be considered an 'alt-right' hero, he's also really bad at crowdfunding

USA
Jun 02, 2017 at 4:18 PM ET

Kyle Chapman, better known as “alt-right” demagogue “Based Stickman,” is recognized as a hero in the world of white nationalism for clubbing anti-fascist (Antifa) activists over the head with a makeshift baton while wearing homemade battle gear, complete with a Captain America-esque shield. What he’s not known for, and what he apparently sucks at doing, is crowdfunding.

Last week, Chapman launched what he hoped would be the “primary crowdfunding site for the right wing.” The idea being that it would help to foot the bill for things like travel for “alt-right” activists attending the traveling roadshow of clashes between groups like his and Antifa activists, who have frequently resorted to violence to combat white nationalists like Chapman. Despite a number of attempts, Chapman has yet to launch a successful campaign.

Out of the 10 campaigns currently on Chapman’s “Back the Right” page, seven have tallied a total of $0 to fund things like “alt-right” marches in cities like Los Angeles and Portland, where Chapman and his cronies had planned to go on June 10 for an “anti-Sharia” march. The march has since been moved to Seattle following an alleged hate crime last week, where a suspected white supremacist fatally stabbed two men who intervened as he was harassing two women he thought were from the Middle East.

The most successful campaign from Chapman, a 41-year-old fan-boy of President Donald Trump who makes a living as a commercial diver in the Bay Area, is one he started to fund himself. As of Friday afternoon, Chapman’s “Based Stickman Donation Fund” has raised $1,990 of its stated $25,000 goal. Chapman says the money “will be used for the expenses in building a nationwide counter protest to the thugs that continue to try and take our rights away.”

In recent months, Antifas and the “alt-right” have had a string of violent clashes in cities across the country, including Berkeley, California, and New York. The formation of more militant, violent factions of the “alt-right” has been in response to several incidents where Antifas have assaulted “alt-right” activists. The most notable of these incidents involved Richard Spencer, the de-facto leader of the movement, who was punched in the jaw on Inauguration Day. The punch, which was widely covered after a video of the incident went viral, prompted the internet — and the New York Times — to raise the question of whether it’s “OK to punch a Nazi.”