My Responses to the Huffington Post’s Questions

Huffington Post political activist Luke O’Brien e-mailed me to say he was writing an article about me, and that he wanted to ask me some questions. I agreed to receive his questions, and decide which, if any, would be appropriate to respond to. Here are all of the questions he asked (there were three sets of questions in total), and my responses thereto.

Feb 20, 2018 · 15 min read

[Author’s Note: As expected, the article ultimately published was largely not about these questions or responses, but rather was focused on salacious and tabloid-esque matters consisting substantially of unsupported allegations. If any information published in the article is not found in the responses below, it should be viewed with heavy skepticism, considering both the author of the article and the media outlet, as well as the article’s primary purpose (i.e., to defame and embarrass).]

The First Set of Questions

1.) Are you an official campaign spokesman for Paul Nehlen? Are you being paid?

Yes, I am the official campaign spokesman for Paul Nehlen. No, I am not being paid.

2.) How and when did you and Nehlen connect?

In November 2017, I reached out to him to pitch what is now known as his “Shall Not Censor” proposal. (It was a brainchild of mine; I’d spent over two years thinking about the issue, what could be done about it, and what solutions would be viable.) Paul recognized the importance of the issue, and decided he wanted to make it a centerpiece of his campaign. As it turns out, we also have a shared vision for putting America First, so it was not long before he asked me to be the spokesman for the campaign.

3.) Why did Twitter suspend your ebolasweden account? Did Twitter cite any specific reasons or posts?

I have no idea why they suspended it. Twitter’s rules are vague and subjective enough that they will always be able to claim there was a violation, but the reality is that they don’t even adhere to their own Rules anyway, so it’s really not even worth speculating about. (The Stasi never told you why you were being disappeared in the middle of the night, either.)

4.) What’s the deal with the ebola names for your twitter handles and email?

When we had that ebola virus scare back in 2014, I made a parody account on Twitter — a patriotic, irreverent virus named Ebolamerican, that had successfully made it to America and was eager to “live the dream.” This was the original profile image:

Surprisingly, the name managed to catch on with people, so I made it my online “brand” in order for my followers to easily recognize me on Twitter and elsewhere.

5.) How would you describe your political views?

My political views are White nationalist, just like our nation’s Founding Fathers.

My judicial philosophy (i.e., views on how our written laws ought to be interpreted) is called “original public meaning textualism.”

6.) Are you a member of the alt-right?

The alt-right is not a membership organization, but rather an umbrella term encompassing numerous right-wing political philosophies. That said, I would classify my political views as falling within the alt-right.

7.) Do you belong to any identitarian or alt-right organizations?


8.) Do you personally know any alt-right leaders?


9.) Have you worked with Chuck Johnson? On what?

As a matter of professional ethics, I am not at liberty to answer that question.

10.) You state on your website that you were born and raised in Pittsburgh. Accurate?


11.) Is your birth name Daniel Joshua Nusbaum?


12.) Are your parents Maury and Barbara Nusbaum? Is your mother’s maiden name Feldman?

I will not answer any questions about my family. They are off-limits.

13.) Your maternal grandmother was Sylvia Feldman?

I will not answer any questions about my family. They are off-limits.

14.) She died recently and is now buried in Cneseth Israel Cemetery?

I will not answer any questions about my family. They are off-limits.

15.) Were you raised Jewish?

Yes, but not in any kind of orthodox sense. My father was the only one in the household who had any interest in the religion. Other than going to the synagogue on the High Holidays, he didn’t let us have bacon, ham, or pork in the house.

16.) Did you have a bar mitzvah?

Oh, right, and that. My father insisted that I have a bar mitzvah, after which I was allowed to decide my level of future involvement with the religion. I chose “no involvement whatsoever,” and never looked back. Judaism just wasn’t for me.

17.) Do you still consider yourself Jewish?

In the racial sense, yes, because one obviously cannot change one’s DNA. (Although I’ve not had my DNA tested, I’m certain that it would be some percentage Ashkenazi Jewish.)

In the religious sense, no.

18.) Are you estranged from your family?


19.) Have you ever been in trouble with the law? I’ve seen some criminal offenses related to moving violations. Anything else?


20.) You had a motorcycle accident in 2005 that hospitalized you? What happened? How badly hurt were you?

Yes, but fortunately, it wasn’t serious. Just some bruises and a sprained ankle. The driver in front of me stopped unexpectedly, and I wasn’t able to brake in time.

21.) When were you diagnosed with ADHD and MDD?

I’m not going to discuss my medical history at this time.

22.) When did you start taking Adderall?

I’m not going to discuss my medical history at this time.

23.) When did you start taking Desoxyn?

I’m not going to discuss my medical history at this time.

24.) Are you still taking these medications?

I’m not going to discuss my medical history at this time.

25.) Did you legally change your name to Joshua Smith in 2009?


26.) Why did you start using a different name?

At the time, I was not speaking with my family, and I decided that I did not wish to carry on the family name.

27.) Why did you pick Josh Smith?

Joshua was already my middle name. As for the last name, I wasn’t interested in being especially particular, so I figured the least arbitrary way would be to choose the most common last name, which is Smith.

28.) You’ve posted a lot of anti-Semitic material on Twitter. Why?

First of all, I reject the premise of that question, as it’s unclear what you mean by “a lot,” and you cite no specific examples. Jews are not immune from criticism, either individually or as a group; calling something “anti-Semitic” is frequently just a strategic weapon intended to shut down criticism of Jewish behavior. I think the phrase “counter-Semitic” is much more fitting, but in any case, I stand by my words.

29.) How does a Jew become an anti-Semite?

As an initial matter, I reject your use of the weaponized term “anti-Semite,” which implies that everyone ought to be “pro-Semite” by default — including where Semitic interests conflict with, for example, White interests, or American interests. I have no intrinsic problem with Jews; I don’t believe anyone randomly decides to dislike Jews. Rather, it is certain Jewish behavior that I find objectionable. Jews have been expelled from approximately 109 different countries throughout history. If a tenant is evicted by 109 different landlords, is it more likely that the 109 landlords are all irrational bigots, or that the tenant’s behavior is really the problem?

30.) Why did you defend Andrew Anglin’s anti-Semitic harassment campaign against Tanya Gersh?

Anglin was using his freedom of speech to counter Tanya Gersh’s anti-White harassment campaign of Richard Spencer’s mother, Sherry Spencer. Gersh and her cohorts were preying upon Sherry Spencer in what was, for all intents and purposes, a form of mafia-esque extortion. As it turns out, many people find that kind of odious behavior objectionable, and decided to make their opinions known to Gersh. Put simply, she received a dose of her own medicine, and she didn’t like it. Nonetheless, turnabout is fair play, regardless of the SPLC’s specious and utterly hypocritical claims to the contrary. See, e.g., Andrew Joyce, “On the SPLC and Their Lies: The Harassment of Andrew Anglin,” The Occidental Observer (April 19, 2017), (“The suit against Anglin is not an effort to clean up our political life or protect individual rights, but rather to protect the Jewish monopoly [of the ADL and SPLC] on some of the dirtiest and retrograde forms of socio-political intimidation any group might engage in.”).

31.) You’ve said in the past that you’re gay. Are you?

I’m not going to discuss my sexual orientation. I will say, however, that homosexuality is degenerate behavior that should not be promoted in society.

32.) What kind of impact has your homosexuality had on your politics?

I’m not going to discuss my sexual orientation. I will say, however, that homosexuality is degenerate behavior that should not be promoted in society.

33.) Why, as someone who is openly gay and of Jewish heritage, are you working to advance the cause of white nationalists who hate and distrust Jews and believe homosexuality is degeneracy?

Well, first of all, homosexuality is degeneracy.

Second, distrust of Jews is driven by Jews. To say that their behavior towards Whites shocks the conscience would actually be a vast understatement. And they refuse to stop.

Whites are the most successful, civilized race in human history, and have given us the most desirable and advanced civilizations on Earth. They are a distinct and precious minority in the world, and yet they are under a sustained attack from all directions. I refuse to stand idly by and allow Whites to be dispossessed of their homelands, and I will sacrifice my own self-interests to ensure that Whites may secure their existence and a future for their beautiful children.

34.) Who else in the movement knows about your background? Does Paul Nehlen know? Does anyone at The Right Stuff (e.g., Spectre) know? If so how did they respond?

Yes, Paul Nehlen does know, as do most people in the alt-right. I can’t say that they were thrilled about it, but trust is earned, not given, and they have come to realize that their trust in me is well-placed.

The Second Set of Questions

35.) Were you an academic prodigy? Skip grades?

You could say that.

36.) If so, was that difficult? How did it affect you?

No, it wasn’t difficult. But I was in such a hurry to grow up! I was convinced that getting a head start would be invaluable — of course, when you’re a teenager, a few years seems like an eternity. However, now that I’m in my 30's, I can appreciate just how long our lives really are, and I’ve come to realize the wisdom of the tortoise’s “slow and steady wins the race” strategy.

37.) Why did you leave Sullivan & Cromwell?

The large law firm (“BigLaw”) lifestyle was just not for me. I knew this long before I started working there, but I saw the BigLaw salaries and thought I could learn to like it. That was a foolish mistake on my part.

The work made me absolutely miserable. I stuck it out as long as I could, but eventually I had to admit I made the wrong choice, and go in a different direction.

38.) You moved back to Pittsburgh in 2004?

I think it was January 2005, actually.

39.) Why did you take the job at the fish restaurant?

I had already worked there before, and the money was decent (for Pittsburgh). Plus, I wanted to try my luck in the law faculty job market, and working at the restaurant left me enough free time to focus on some scholarly endeavors in order to fare better with law school hiring committees.

40.) Can you point me to any civil or criminal cases you’ve worked on at Smith LLC?

No, for ethical reasons, I don’t discuss clients or cases.

41.) What does your family think about your politics? About what you do now?

I generally don’t discuss politics with my family. I love my family, but my values are fundamentally different than theirs. I have learned to accept that, even if it is disappointing.

42.) When did you first find out about the alt-right?

During the primaries to the 2016 election.

43.) Did you get into 4chan or Reddit or any of the other breeding grounds for the alt-right?

I wouldn’t call those “breeding grounds for the alt-right”; regardless, no, I’ve rarely visited the chans, and I don’t care much for Reddit (it has its uses, but I’ve never considered politics among them). Most of my online social interaction comes from Twitter.

44.) Did you participate in GamerGate?

No. There is, of course, a general “culture war” aspect to GamerGate that consists of the same thematic battles being waged in other areas of society, but insofar as you’re referring to it in a more specific sense than that, no.

45.) What are your favorite alt-right sites and why?

The Huffington Post.

46.) Your favorite alt-right figures and why?

The alt-right has lots of highly intelligent people. When they channel their efforts cooperatively, they are an extremely powerful force. (This is why the left seeks to have them censored off of the internet.) As far as “alt-right figures” in the sense of people who are well-known, I’d say the following:

  • Jared Taylor, for his eloquence and his brilliance
  • Andrew Anglin, for presiding over the most censored news website on Earth
  • Peter Brimelow, for his decades of leadership by example
  • Pat Buchanan, for being a visionary, and for having a cast-iron backbone
  • Ann Coulter, for being brilliant, beautiful, and bold

The Third Set of Questions

47.) How old are you?


48.) When Twitter temporarily suspended Nehlen’s account in January (the seven-day suspension), was your @ebolasweden account also suspended indefinitely?

Yes, the @EbolaSweden account was also banned. The ADL and Twitter have made it clear that Paul Nehlen will not be allowed to have any official campaign presence on the platform. In fact, I cannot even state that I am the campaign’s Spokesman in my bio, because Twitter will ban me if I do so. This will be discussed further in the Federal Election Commission complaint that the campaign is filing against Twitter and the ADL in short order.

49.) Since I asked you about ebola handles, I suppose I should ask you about Dan Halen. Why is he your avatar?

Because he’s hilarious.

50.) Would you describe your political views as similar to Nehlen’s? Is Nehlen himself a white nationalist?

On major political issues, I think saying our views are similar would be a fair characterization. There are probably some more nuanced political issues on which we might think differently, if only because our specialized knowledge is in different fields (Paul’s is business, while mine is law). That said, we’re really focused on the big issues, so I couldn’t tell you where those smaller differences might be.

While Paul is a pro-White identitarian, I’m not sure I would describe him as a White nationalist.

51.) When did Steve Bannon enter Nehlen’s orbit and how did that come to pass?

Paul wrote about it in his book, “Wage the Battle.” You should read it. It’s fantastic, and, as Peter Brimelow wrote, a “playbook for Trump Republicans.”

52.) How aware do you think Bannon was of Nehlen’s politics?

Bannon was intimately aware of Paul’s politics. It was actually Paul who wasn’t aware of Bannon’s politics, such as his philosemitism, or Breitbart’s heavily Jewish leadership. But none of that crossed Paul’s mind until he realized that the vast majority of attacks on his America First platform — 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, border security, immigration, government spending — were coming from folks who are ethnic Jews. Once Paul noticed the pattern, he started asking questions about it publicly.

53.) What do you make of Bannon’s rejection of Nehlen? Genuine or more of a PR move?

It was a PR move designed, coordinated, and executed by the Jewish media — which Paul was not acutely aware of at the time, but clearly is now.

54.) How did the Nehlen camp take it?

We put out a statement on it. Bannon and Breitbart were a liability to the campaign, and President Trump’s public condemnation of Bannon was a clear indication Bannon was not to be trusted. Paul has stood by the President when the President stands for America First. When the President does things that aren’t America First, such as bombing Syria, or entertaining citizenship for DACA recipients instead of deporting every single illegal alien in this country, Paul is a vocal opponent of those policies while still maintaining support for the President.

55.) You say homosexuality is degeneracy, but I know that you are gay. You have admitted it on the radio. I am aware of your past. Are you calling yourself a degenerate? Please help me understand this.

As Camille Paglia has asserted, “Homosexuality is not normal. On the contrary it is a challenge to the norm. Nature exists whether academics like it or not. And in nature, procreation is the single relentless rule. That is the norm. Our sexual bodies were designed for reproduction. No one is born gay. The idea is ridiculous. Homosexuality is an adaptation, not an inborn trait.”

Homosexual behavior has always been a part of human civilization, but it is fundamentally incompatible with the pillars of a healthy society, such as procreation and the nuclear family. I used to be much more tolerant of homosexuals; indeed, there was a time when I argued that they should receive some kind of civil union recognition in order to make their lives easier. However, I have come to realize that they will not stop seeking to normalize increasingly degenerate behavior, such as transgenderism, and peddle it to children. It is now clear to me that such behavior (homosexuality, transgenderism, all of it), as well as the culture that surrounds it, is fundamentally degenerate and destructive to the very foundations of civilization, and thus can never be promoted in any healthy society.

56.) Your bankruptcy records list an approximately $11,000 credit card debt and Sullivan & Cromwell as a codebtor. Would you like to explain or comment?

No, other than to say that it was a routine bankruptcy matter, and was not contested.

57.) On your resume you say you began work at Computer Fellows in November 2004. But you told me you moved back to Pittsburgh in January 2005. Can you please explain the discrepancy in dates?

I think you’re mistaken. I worked at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto from 2005 to 2007, and did not begin working at Computer Fellows until I returned from Las Vegas in 2007.

58.) Why did you move to Las Vegas in 2007? What were you doing there?

I thought it would be an interesting change.

59.) What prompted your return to Pittsburgh in 2007?

I absolutely hated Las Vegas. (My basset hound, Max, definitely hated it as well. It’s like living on the inside of a pizza oven.)

60.) I’ve seen the PFA court documents, including your application for a gun permit and you telling a court about your involuntary commitment to a psychiatric facility. I’m going to mention these details and also that you showed up at your ex’s house in 2012. Is there anything you’d like to add or clarify here?

I’ll keep this short:

When I was 16, my mother had an affair. I found out about it and told my father. My mother told my father I was lying about it, and they had me committed. My older brother and my mother’s parents — who also knew the truth — immediately intervened, and I was released after 2 days. This was not a mental health issue — my family was just highly dysfunctional back then. My parents have admitted it was a terrible mistake, and have repeatedly apologized to me for it. I have, of course, forgiven them.

My ex was a drama queen, but other than that, I’m not interested in saying anything else about it. We’ve both moved on.

61.) I’ve attached a screenshot of the H.E. Pennypacker Slack chat about Brock Turner and outing his victim. You were also on YouTube defending Turner. Care to comment?

As you said, my comprehensive analysis of the Brock Turner case is available on YouTube, and I stand by every word of it.

I also believe that anonymity for accusers — for any crime — is terrible public policy. In Turner’s case, I strongly suspect the victim’s sentencing statement (which went viral) was ghostwritten by Michele Dauber, a Stanford law professor who is friends with the victim and who has grossly politicized every aspect of the case. Dauber is currently leading a campaign to recall the trial judge, Judge Aaron Persky, which has been heavily criticized from both sides of the political spectrum. In order to investigate Dauber’s involvement, it would first be necessary to know the identity of the victim. If an accuser chooses to release a statement publicly, it is fundamentally unfair to the public and the defendant to allow this anonymity to be utilized as both a sword and a shield. There can be no exceptions to this.

62.) If Nehlen is not paying you, how are you making money now?

You know perfectly well that your readers like to engage in economic terrorism, so I’m not going to give them that opportunity.


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