Parker Anthony Wilson was open about his white supremacist views long before the ascension of Donald Trump, at least to those who knew him personally.
But the neo-Nazi from Dublin, CA, who was once arrested for assault and possession of bomb-making materials, has been much more guarded about his identity as of late, even as white nationalism has become more mainstream.
Though active on social media, Wilson has been careful to mask his identity, going so far as to digitally alter photos of himself that he posted through the Twitter account @SunsetKing90, which he opened under the false identity “Mark Bidwell.”
Through an in-depth investigation, El Tecolote has unearthed Wilson’s extensive history of activity as a white nationalist. That history includes a violent criminal record, association with so-called “alt-right” groups, and the Twitter account, which Wilson has used to attack Trump critics, berate multiculturalism, promote white supremacism, and spew his racist, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist views.
When El Tecolote contacted Wilson on Jan. 18 he denied his association with the “alt-right” white nationalist movement. He also denied that he was behind the @SunsetKing90 Twitter account, which was deactivated shortly after he got off the phone with El Tecolote.
Wilson joined Twitter as Mark Bidwell in June 2015, and was featured on the white supremacist podcast “Fash the Nation” under that alias along with San Jose’s Nathan Damigo (whom El Tecolote reported on in December 2016).
On Sept. 26, 2015, @SunsetKing90 tweeted a photo of a woman, whom El Tecolote was able to confirm as Wilson’s wife. From then until the account was deactivated, Wilson tweeted everything from birthday wishes for Hitler to promoting Identity Evropa, the white nationalist organization founded by Damigo.
According to screenshots captured by El Tecolote, @SunsetKing90 routinely used the hashtag #altright and tweeted at or retweeted Damigo and Identity Evropa at least seven times.
On Jan. 16, two days before the account was deactivated, @SunsetKing90 had two retweets from Damigo and Identity Evropa, promoting the new site Altright.com, co-founded by American white nationalist icon Richard Spencer.
Bay Area white nationalism
Wilson’s involvement in white nationalist circles began when he was a high school student. His internet history reveals his connections to a web of white nationalist activity throughout the greater Bay Area. In April 2006 at age 15, Wilson joined the neo-Nazi internet forum Stormfront as the user “White Apex.” In some of his earliest posts, he expressed interest in starting a White Student Union at Dublin High School.
Over the next six years, Wilson remained active on Stormfront, his posts ranging from anger over the cartoon character Dora the Explorer, teaching his little brother how to count in Spanish, to an obsession of one day living in a “white only” utopia.
“I would one day like to see an America with only the race that founded her,” read an April 22, 2007 post by Wilson. “America should be for people of European descent, since it was founded by people of European descent.”
In other posts, he mocked the Holocaust and wrote that Jews control the “media and everything else.” He referred to black people as “muds,” “negroes” and “apes,” and made his distaste for Latino immigrants clear, posting photos of himself wearing a black shirt that read BORDER PATROL. He wrote that Asians “are taking over my city,” and was furious when J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, confirmed that the character Dumbledore was gay.
When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, Wilson took to Stormfront, writing, “If we handle this obamanation correctly we can gain many new comrades!”
That particular post was published by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in a Nov. 8, 2008 post titled “White Supremacists Vent Rage Over Obama’s Win,” which Wilson would later brag about via the @SunsetKing90 Twitter account.
Wilson used Stormfront to network with other white nationalists in the Bay Area, creating a Northern California Stormfront group. He organized a “Bay Area Nationalist meet up” on Jan. 3, 2009, providing a personal yahoo email address, which El Tecolote was able to trace back to Wilson.
Around the time he graduated from high school, Wilson became a leading figure of the Bay Area National Anarchists (BANA), a covert white nationalist separatist youth group that was founded by Bay Area white nationalist Andrew Yeoman.
He participated in numerous actions and demonstrations with BANA, including protests against Folsom Street Fair, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conferences in San Francisco and the 2010 film “Machete” by Robert Rodriguez. He also demonstrated against the pro-immigration May Day rally in San Francisco in 2010, where local media reported that Wilson and members of BANA were attacked.
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