Newsweek has been unsuccessful in contacting Auernheimer, who is allegedly living in Ukraine after serving jail time over a computer-hacking incident. Auernheimer's Jewish heritage was first reported by Gawker in 2012, though Auernheimer denied the report. Adrian Chen, the author of the story, told Newsweek that the infamous troll volunteered the information about his Jewish ancestry during an interview.
And his mother has confirmed it. Alyse Auernheimer told Newsweek that she was saddened that her son had wished death on children. She added that she has been estranged from him for over a decade.
"He doesn't like us," she said, adding that her son comes from a "large, mixed-race family" with Native American heritage, and that he most certainly has Jewish lineage "on both sides of his family."
Auernheimer's Jewish heritage will likely hurt him in some white nationalist circles if it becomes more widely known. To protect him, The Goyim Know, a separate website that functions as a comment section for Daily Stormer, has threatened people who accuse Anglin or Auernheimer of having Jewish lineage with a "permanent ban," according to the site's rules. It's something that cuts in contrast to Daily Stormer's stated emphasis on being a pro–free speech outlet.
White nationalists have been discussing the rumors about Auernheimer—which may not end well for his credibility in the movement.
"Jews cannot be part of the white nationalist movement, just as a white man can't be a part of a black-nationalist group like the Nation of Islam," Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Worker Party, a white nationalist group that attended the rally in Charlottesville, told Newsweek. Any discussion of Auernheimer's family being Jewish on both sides would be "something interesting to a lot of people," he added.
Cantwell, who hosted the podcast, defended Auernheimer's language and told Newsweek that the revelation of his friend's family heritage conflicted with what he had been previously told.
"If that's true, he wouldn't be the first self-hating Jew," Cantwell said.