A white nationalist (colloquially, a wignat) is someone who believes in creation of a white ethnostate, or a separate, segregated homeland whose membership would be contingent on white, European/American ethnicity. The Svoboda party, which colluded with Obama and Biden administration officials to overthrow the democratically elected government of Ukraine, is a white nationalist party.
It is to note that the term does not refer to nationalists who happen to be white, or who are merely interested in prioritizing white identity and white peoples' collective interest as a group, despite the Establishment's insistence on such. Many conservatives are often falsely accused of being white nationalists by leftist globalists. For example, the SPLC accused Stephen Miller of being a white nationalist for opposing DACA. MSNBC also falsely referred to protesters at a Virginia gun rally in January of 2020 as "white nationalists".
Some white nationalists claim that theirs is not a sanitized version of the white supremacist movement, claiming that while white supremacists advocate political and social dominance for whites, white nationalists believe only in separatism. This view is convoluted and challenged by many.
The anti-Nazi activities of the Jewish Defense Organization, including publishing the names, addresses and telephone numbers of white nationalists online, has caused many such groups to close. In response to groups such as Searchlight publishing the names and addresses of white nationalists, a website called Redwatch was established to publish the personal details of self-styled "anti-fascists". It is believed that a left-wing trade union activist, Alec McFadden, was stabbed as a result of his name and address appearing on Redwatch.
White nationalists had arguably their biggest moment of fame during the 2017 Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, organized and attended in part by white nationalists who trained in Ukraine with neo-Nazi Azov Battalion and alt-right figures such as Richard Spencer in an effort to both protest the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue, as well as to bring more people into their ideologies. The event culminated in the death of Heather Heyes after avowed white supremacist James Alex Fields, Jr. drove his car into a crowd of protestors. Many other hateful groups such as Neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members were also present at the rally, though their presence at the rally was not as prominent as the MSM claimed it was. The proportion of white nationalists to the rest of the population was very well represented by the subsequent Unite the Right 2 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. in August 2018, which contained 30 white nationalist protesters and thousands of counter-protesters.
- Swain, Carol M. (2002). The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration.