During a recent episode of the white supremacist podcast The Daily Shoah, co-hosts Mike “Enoch” Peinovich, Jesse Dunstan, and Alex McNabb justified the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Peinovich also went into an unhinged tirade about black-on-white crime which he insisted is rampant and receives insufficient media coverage.
In February, 25-year-old Arbery was jogging through Brunswick, Georgia, when he was confronted and pursued by Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis. Arbery was killed in the ensuing altercation, which the McMichaels insisted was an attempted citizen’s arrest for a string of burglaries in the neighborhood.
(Evidence suggests there was no recent series of burglaries in the area.)
Following the release of the video of Arbery’s death months later, the McMichaels were finally arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault. The elder McMichael, a former police officer, once worked as an investigator for the DA’s office.
George E. Barnhill, the prosecutor who originally had the case, referred to Arbery’s killing as a “justifiable homicide” in part based on Georgia’s citizen’s arrest statute. He then recused himself from the case, causing widespread outcry and condemnation by the National District Attorney’s Association.
On the May 8, 2020 episode of The Daily Shoah, the co-hosts, like many other white nationalists, used disinformation and racist stereotypes in order to justify Arbery’s death. Peinovich and Dunstan agreed that the McMichaels were being “railroaded” — Dunstan in particular called it a “white lynching in Georgia.”
Dunstan said he “saw some jogger tweet, ‘Can you imagine if two black men gunned down a white jogger?'” (White supremacists have been using “jogger” as a substitute for racial slurs since the footage of Arbery’s death was released.) “Can you imagine if a nigger gunned down a white mail lady?!” Peinovich exclaimed. “Happened last fuckin’ week!”
Peinovich was apparently referencing an incident in Indianapolis, Indiana in which a black man named Tony Cushingberry fatally shot Angela Summers, a white USPS worker. Cushingberry was motivated by “disagreements” about withheld mail (including stimulus checks) and an “aggressive dog.”
He was charged with second-degree murder, assaulting a federal employee, and discharging a firearm during a crime.
“He shot that white lady, and they don’t wanna show you that — that didn’t go anywhere, right?” he continued. “So yes, I can imagine it very fucking well if niggers shot white people, what the media would do.” Dunstan added that “We don’t have to imagine it.”
Peinovich lashed out at conservatives like Matt Walsh who denounced the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Calling Walsh a “shitlib” who is paid by Ben Shapiro to espouse conservative talking points on religion and taxes, Peinovich asked why Walsh hadn’t condemned the murder of Angela Summers.
He also ranted about black-on-white crime.
“See, I’m wondering how many shootings that blacks do are there videos that we don’t see?” he asked. “I don’t know. There’s cameras — there’s phones everywhere and blacks are shooting people all the time. And so how many videos do we never see?” And Peinovich remarked that “black-on-white crime” is “pretty fucking common.”
At the same time they superimposed a racist image in the background mocking Arbery with the caption “The Eternal Jogger.”
Later in the episode Peinovich told his co-hosts that there is “actually a group of people in America that is victimized while jogging all the time.” That group, he said, is white women. He asserted that this was because “when you’re white, and when you’re a woman, you are like the rape prize for all these fucking groups.”
Decrying articles about “jogging while black,” he claimed without evidence that Arbery was a “fucking burglar that got fucking caught” while white women are “raped and defiled and thrown dead in the bushes every couple of weeks.”
Co-host and former EMT Alex McNabb said that “even trying to debunk this black jogging thing, and the fact that blacks don’t actually jog” is “essentially examining news from an alternate dimension — a Jewish dimension.” Peinovich responded by hysterically shouting, “In what world do blacks fuckin’ jog?!”
“Look I’m sorry black people, [but] when we see you running, yeah we think you stole some shit,” he raved. “And you probably did.”
There is currently no evidence to suggest that Ahmaud Arbery did anything beyond trespass onto a site where a building was under construction — something that numerous people in the area engaged in, according to surveillance footage.
Moreover, several attorneys, law enforcement officers, and a judge from Georgia have pointed out that reliance on the citizen’s arrest statute is mistaken in this case, as it does not empower citizens to engage in a violent confrontation culminating in the use of deadly force.
[The following clips are from an episode of The Daily Shoah.]