Ever since early March 2019 — when hundreds of thousands of messages from its chatrooms were published by Unicorn Riot — numerous members of the white supremacist hate group Identity Evropa have been identified. They have been schoolteachers, police officers, graduate students, soldiers, and even a former NRA director.
Indeed, many people have been shocked to learn that friends, family members, and co-workers have been moonlighting as racist activists. However, there is one more well-known figure whose membership in Identity Evropa has, somehow, been glossed over: Ayla Erin Donnelly Stewart, a Christian vlogger and “tradwife” better known as “Wife With a Purpose.”
In the “Nice Respectable People Group,” a Discord server reserved only for dues-paying members of Identity Evropa, Stewart posted the message, “Why wasn’t I verified as an existing member?” A user named “Matthias” — later identified as Identity Evropa Chief of Staff Matthew Robert Warner — responded, “Most likely a technical error.”
Yet this news barely registered, in all likelihood, because Stewart has been popular in white supremacist circles for years now. It’s not shocking that a racist would be part of a racist organization. But it does serve to illustrate just how close white supremacist personalities are to one another, as well as what kind of person joins a hate group like Identity Evropa.
A self-proclaimed ex-leftist and feminist, Stewart claims she eventually abandoned her liberal beliefs and became a staunch conservative. Records indicate that Stewart is a registered Republican, and she was a vocal supporter of Donald Trump in 2016. On her blog, formerly called Nordic Sunrise/Wife With a Purpose Ministries, Stewart posted videos from a family trip to a Trump rally in Salt Lake City, UT.
In a March 15, 2016 post, Stewart implored all Christians to cast their vote for a wealthy philanderer who couldn’t quote the Bible to save his life. Worst of all, she attempted to use scripture to justify it. “There is nothing wrong with loving and securing your nation as it is, to want to keep your country for the children and grandchildren of those who built it!” she wrote.
In a post from November 5, 2015, titled “Volkseinheit,” Stewart celebrated Russian President Vladimir Putin for “leading the way in creating a modern, European, white, nation which is proud of its heritage and its people.” In another from January 2016, she denounced Martin Luther King Jr. as a “communist,” and suggested replacing MLK Day with a holiday honoring Charles Martel or Tsar Alexander II.
On the “Charlottesville 2.0” server, a white supremacist with the handle Americana – MD wrote, “There’s a reason no nigger ever set sail(unless we made them) or learned to navigate via celestial bodies.” Another, Athena Marie, remarked, “Don’t lie @Americana – MD you KNOW those two nigres mathematicians put our men on the moon!!!” Stewart responded to both comments with “KANGZ!” — a reference to a racist alt-right meme.
And on YouTube she has made numerous appearances alongside other white supremacists such as Lana Lokteff, Colin “Millennial Woes” Robertson, Christopher Cantwell, Vincent James, Faith Goldy, and others. Stewart also gained a level of infamy in early 2017 when she issued a ludicrous “white baby challenge” to Twitter followers, and lambasted “black, ghetto culture” in a post about rap music’s impact on Mormon culture.
(Stewart would later publicly break with the Mormon Church after it denounced white supremacy post-Charlottesville.)
In the lead-up to August 2017’s “Unite the Right” rally, Richard Spencer announced that Stewart would be a last-minute addition to the event’s roster of white supremacist speakers, including Christopher Cantwell, Mike Peinovich, Jason Kessler, and Augustus Invictus. On June 23, 2017, Stewart confirmed her attendance on Discord.
However, on the day of the rally, which quickly dissolved amidst widespread chaos and bloodshed, Stewart wrote that she “had to cancel speaking at the event since my personal security detail said it’s too dangerous for me to attend.” Still, she said, her “husband and oldest son still want[ed] to go,” and she asked other members of the “Charlottesville 2.0” server about shuttle services in the area.
Of course, questions still remain as to the extent of Stewart’s relationship with Identity Evropa.
We know she identified as a member as of September 2017 — only a month after the rally where Heather Heyer was murdered — but it is unclear whether she left, or if she is currently a member of its newest iteration, the American Identity Movement. It is also unknown whether her husband, Seth Davied Stewart, was ever a member. One thing we do know is that she is still very much a part of the broader white supremacist movement.
Stewart did not respond to a request for comment for this piece.