Meet David James Feiner, Recent CSULB Graduate With Far-right Ties

David Feiner has been on our radar for a while. A recent graduate of Long Beach State University (LBSU) and former vice president of the LBSU chapter of alt-lite, fascist gateway organization Turning Point USA as well as associate of the Long Beach Young Republicans, Feiner, born March 24, 1992, has apparently embedded himself in alt-right networks in Southern California and beyond, associating himself with everyone from far-right US House candidates to openly fascist individuals. We feel that you, residents of Southern California communities, should know more about David Feiner and the danger he poses to the greater Long Beach community in order to unite against the growing threat of white nationalism and white supremacy.

With Friends Like These…

A screenshot of David Feiner in a Facebook photo with a person's arm around his shoulder. The caption posted with the picture to David's Facebook reads "I think I'm going places" with Emily Hemingway and Roger Stone tagged in the picture.

In this picture posted to his Facebook, Feiner says “I think I’m going places.” Though apparently cut out of the picture, Roger Stone is tagged in the post.

Connections to Twice-defeated Far-Right House Candidate Omar Navarro

Feiner is a long-time and current friend and staffer for Republican House candidate Omar Navarro, known for losing two congressional races to Maxine Waters (D – CA) and his connections to a laundry list of fascist groups, as well as recently being featured in the news for allegedly hiring a far-right operative to harass and intimidate his ex-girlfriend.

Numerous other pictures uploaded to Feiner’s Instagram depict him with the congressional candidate, and Navarro even congratulated Feiner on his graduation from Long Beach State University.

A screenshot from David Feiner's Instagram account depicting Feiner posing with Omar Navarro and two other individuals whose faces are blurred for privacy.

Feiner with Omar Navarro in June of this year, preparing for a buffet dinner.

A screenshot of a photo uploaded to David Feiner's Instagram account picturing Feiner in a cap and gown in front of a crowd of people. A reply from Omar Navarro reading "Congrats David" can be seen.

Feiner at a graduation ceremony earlier this year, with a reply from Navarro congratulating him.

It’s unclear how Feiner and Navarro became connected, but what is clear is that they have both been associated with individuals and groups on the far-right that are notorious for their violent, fascist, and white supremacist views.

Vincent James Foxx, The Red Elephants, & Rise Above Movement

Feiner has been associated with Vincent James Foxx, founder of far-right news outlet The Red Elephants, described on their website as an “organization of like-minded conservatives that have come together to spread awareness and truth,” since at least 2017.

On social media, The Red Elephants, which at this point included both Feiner and Foxx, were notorious for “spreading awareness” of half-baked, antisemitic conspiracy theories (note the triple parentheses trope) that attempt to scapegoat Jewish individuals such as George Soros and the Jewish community at large for the power and wealth disparities within the global capitalist system. This white nationalist “global Jewish order” conspiracy theory motivated the Tree Of Life and Poway synagogue shootings and is one of many deadly white supremacist ideologies forwarded by David.

A screenshot of a conversation from Twitter depicting antisemitic tweets from Feiner and The Red Elephants.

Feiner and The Red Elephants Twitter account are seen here spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories on Twitter using the alt-right triple parentheses trope to refer to Jewish individuals.

Offline, The Red Elephants were notorious for their efforts as propagandists for the Rise Above Movement (RAM). The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated RAM as a hate group, and four members plead guilty to violent acts in the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. From a 2017 ProPublica report on RAM:

[Vincent James] Foxx, a father of three who runs a growing media operation called The Red Elephants, had become RAM’s unofficial propagandist. After the Huntington Beach brawls, which he attended and filmed, Foxx put together a nearly 10-minute video glorifying the group’s fighting abilities and uploaded it to YouTube, where it has garnered 174,000 views to date.

Indeed, video evidence from Navarro’s Facebook livestream of a far-right anti-Muslim rally in San Bernardino uploaded to his YouTube channel places Feiner and Navarro at the scene with a diverse mixture of fascist agitators, including members of RAM—at one point, Navarro is even seen complimenting a masked individual’s antisemitic sign. This masked individual is none other than Benjamin Daley of RAM, one of four members now facing criminal charges for his roles in the violence at the Unite the Right rally.

A Motley Crew of Fascist Agitators

A screenshot of a post to David Feiner's Facebook page with a photo of Feiner and another individual. Feiner tagged Nathan Damigo in the post.

Feiner in a picture with Nathan Domigo, white supremacist and founder of Identity Europa.

Before this point, Feiner had also taken an opportunity to pose for a photo with Nathan Damigo (above), founder of SPLC designated hate group Identity Europa (now American Identity Movement). At the so-called Battle of Berkeley on April 15th, 2017 (note that Feiner’s picture with Damigo was uploaded on April 29th, 2017, only two weeks after the Berkeley events), both Damigo and members of RAM, including Ben Daley, unleashed violence on antifascists attempting to defend their communities from fascist threats. ProPublica also notes that Vincent James Foxx was present at the Berkeley rally as well:

…about a dozen RAM members traveled from Southern California to Berkeley. The group was met there by a fan: Vincent James Foxx, a 31-year-old video blogger and livestreamer with a fondness for white supremacists and radical right-wing politics.

At yet another west coast far-right rally in June of 2017, this time in Portland, Oregon, Feiner was accompanied by a motley crew of fascist agitators including Antonio Foreman and Baked Alaska.

Several individuals gathered around a table posing for a photo. Each individual has a caption with their name. From left to right, Brittany Pettibone, James Allsup, Tim Pool, Vincent James O'Connor [Foxx], Antonio "Tony" Foreman, Tim Gionet AKA Baked Alaska, Unknown, David Feiner.

Feiner (far right) in a photo from June 4th, 2017, after a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon, displays the white supremacist “okay” sign with other known fascists.

According to an article penned by Foxx, Feiner also paid a visit to Foreman during the latter’s brief hospitalization in that same month. Foreman is a violent white supremacist who has acted as muscle for various groups and individuals on the far-right at rallies. During his hospitalization, Foreman recited the infamous neo-Nazi 14 Words while on a livestream. He has since taken part in threatening a bookstore and a church as part of other extremist white nationalist groups, as well as participating in the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

Foreman and other white nationalists failed to show up to their own rally in Long Beach earlier this year after facing organized resistance from local antifascists and community members.

Activities in the Greater Long Beach Area

Cudahy City Council Anti-Sanctuary Demonstrations

Feiner was present at a heated Cudahy City Council meeting in June of 2017 with Omar Navarro. Feiner stood with Navarro and anti-immigrant protesters in an attempt to force Cudahy City Council to repeal sanctuary protections.

After being chased out of the city by community members and activists, Feiner allegedly deployed pepper spray against a group containing children while in a vehicle fleeing the scene.

Turning Point USA and Long Beach Young Republicans

During his time at Long Beach State University, Feiner was a member and served as Vice President of the college’s Turning Point USA (TPUSA) chapter. In an interview with the Long Beach Press Telegram in October of 2018, Feiner defends his group’s decision to invite TPUSA founder Charlie Kirk, who regularly shares racist, anti-immigrant, and transphobic content on his Twitter account, as well as the group’s former Director of Communications, Candace Owens, who resigned earlier this year after facing backlash from comments she made defending Adolf Hitler, to LBSU for an event, despite facing active resistance from queer and trans activists of color on campus, who are placed in enormous danger by the rhetoric spread by Kirk and Owens.

During the end of his stint at LBSU. Feiner also served as Vice President of the Long Beach Young Republicans, although he is currently no longer listed on their website.

On Social Media

A screenshot from David Feiner's Instagram account picturing Feiner with most of his face covered behind a black garment. The post makes fun of those who support antifascism.

Feiner makes fun of antifascists on his Instagram in a post earlier this year. Note continued references to antisemitic “Globalist” and white supremacist “White Replacement” conspiracy theories.

More recent posts on Feiner’s Instagram illustrate his continued dedication to promoting alt-right, fascist, and white supremacist conspiracy theories, masked behind as attempts at “trolling” liberals and antifascists and supporting Donald Trump. One post promotes a conspiracy theory in defense of neo-Nazi James Alex Fields’ murder of Heather Heyer at the 2017 Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville. James Alex Fields was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year for his role in the events at the Unite the Right rally.

A screenshot from David Feiner's Instagram account with a photo of a car running into a group of protesters at the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville in August of 2017. A woman in the crowd is circled in red. Feiner's caption for the photo reads, "Charlottesville was fakenews!

Feiner promotes a conspiracy theory used in an attempt to defend convicted murderer and neo-Nazi James Alex Fields, who murdered Heather Heyer and injured numerous other antifascist protesters at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

Additionally, Feiner receives likes on Instagram from Kenny Strawn, a white nationalist based out of Orange County who attempted to start a US chapter of Generation Identitaire, an “identatarian” neo-Nazi movement that has gained a foothold in Europe.

A screenshot from David Feiner's Instagram account displaying the users who liked a post. All names and pictures are blurred except for a user with th username "realkstrawn93" with name listed as Kenny Strawn

Kenny Strawn, a white nationalist based in Orange County, CA, liked one of Feiner’s recent Instagram posts.

Feiner is Going Places

In a Facebook post and photo in which Feiner tagged the infamous Roger Stone, known Proud Boy and political “fixer” who is awaiting trial for charges related to witness tampering and making false statements, Feiner says that he thinks he’s “going places,’ using an emoji of a hand pointing up. Apparently, Feiner thinks he’s moving up—a rising star of the far-right.

Like Navarro, Feiner is a dangerous blend of civil, respectable, conservative politics and violent, white supremacist rhetoric. Feiner’s network is wide-ranging, and the middle ground he has occupied by seeking power in groups like the Long Beach Young Republicans and the Long Beach State chapter of Turning Point USA position him to act as a recruiter and gateway into the the world of fascism, amplifying the danger he poses to individuals who are not cisgender, heterosexual, white men, while also giving him an easy in for occupying political power in the mainstream.

A Facebook post with a photo of David Feiner from August 7th, 2017 made by a community member in Los Angeles, CA, reads: "Please everyone, look this dude up. "DAVID FEINER" from the red elephants. Needs to be OUTED. PUnched 2 local women in the face, called Obama a monkey, shoved an African American grandmother inside Thelma Terry, and talks sh-- about "the locals... like this is their 'hood'." He's akey organizer. He needs to be identified and called out, like we did to the guy that knocked over the elote cart. This dude is WORSE: he manipulates and organizes the far right. They were horrible and they all said disrespectful nasty things about Black, Brown, Jews, women, queer familia, provoke anger, scuffles, and (using their cameras, social media) then they PLAY THE VICTIM. The far white right wing has used these tactics a long time. Our people kept our cool and never bought in to this, but they provoked much anger and disgust. This guy stands out for his overt racism, violent behavior and disrespect. PLEASE HELP US.

A Facebook post by a Los Angeles community member detailing Feiner’s perceived racism and violence as well as his role in the far right. We have not verified the truth of statements.

Update 08/26/19 @ 4:36pm
Left Coast Right Watch (@LCRWnews) was able to provide a photograph of Feiner with Juan Cadavid, Nathan Damigo, and Robert Bowman of RAM (Rise Above Movement) at the April 15, 2017, “Battle of Berkeley” rally at which Damigo and members of RAM violently attacked anti-racist protesters.

Northern California Anti-Racist Action has write up on Brodin Sutherland here. Univisión has a write up on Juan Cadavid here. Please, if you have a moment, read the two articles.

Photographic evidence putting David Feiner at the “Battle of Berkeley” rally in 2017.

An anonymous source was able to provide photographic evidence that Feiner, along with founder of The Red Elephants alt-right media Vincent Foxx, Arthur Schaper of Mass Resistance, and Proud Boy Nicholas Ryan, attended the “free speech” rally in Berkeley on August 27, 2017.

The Red Elephants alt-right media is based in Lake Forest, CA, and Mass Resistance is based in Torrance, CA.

SOURCES – LA Times – 2017 – Press Telegram – 2018 – Red Elephants Foreman – Propublica – 2017 – Atlanta Blackstar Candace Owens – 2019 – Article archive