Ingrid Carlqvist, a regular guest on anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney’s radio show, attended an international conference in Sweden featuring a smattering of neo-Nazi, white nationalist, and far-right activists and thinkers from around the world.
Carlqvist is one of Sweden’s notoriously prolific anti-Muslim, or “counter-jihad,” activists. According to a report by HOPE not hate and EXPO magazine, Carlqvist attended Identitarian Ideas IX, an international “alt right” conference in Stockholm on February 29. The meeting launched a new international coalition simply called “altright.” It is no surprise that Carlqvist would be drawn to such a gathering, based on her ultranationalist and anti-Islam attitudes.
Islam is “worse than Nazism,” Carlqvist has said.
Alt-right, or alternative right, is merely the rebranding of white nationalism in an attempt to market its racist ideology to mainstream audiences. At this “alt right” conference Ingrid Carlqvist was knowingly present, as colleagues, in a room full of “unrepentant” Nazis and other far-right and white nationalist figures.
Gaffney’s relationship with Carlqvist
Despite his prominence in the organized anti-Muslim movement, Frank Gaffney regularly denies accusations of bigotry or extremism. But he apparently has no issue giving a platform to those willing to align themselves with overt white nationalism.
Carlqvist, who co-runs the publication Dispatch International, is a regular guest on Gaffney’s “Secure Freedom Radio” where she provides updates about the alleged perils of multiculturalism in Europe. She first appeared on the show in 2015, and most recently appeared on February 17, 2017.
Carlqvist does not tone down her extreme rhetoric in interviews with Gaffney. In a 2015 interview on Secure Freedom Radio, Carlqvist told Gaffney that the religion of Islam is “worse than Nazism.”
“Well you should understand that Islam is not another religion,” she said. “It’s actually not a religion, it’s an ideology. A totalitarian ideology.”
In an interview in 2016, Carlqvist told Gaffney she thought another “great war” is coming between “freedom loving people and Islam.” She then suggested that Western nations should “do like the Spaniards did in the fifteenth century” and “kick out the Muslims and forbid Islam because it’s dangerous.”
Carlqvist interested in a neo-Nazi alliance
Carlqvist’s attendance at the alt-right conference is hardly her first embrace of the extreme far-right. According to a Swedish political watchdog blog site, she previously suggested temporarily collaborating with Sweden’s neo-Nazi group Nordic Council of Resistance to rid her home country of Islam.
In a 2016 interview on her radio show, Carlqvist said she would consider working with the group if it “would help to save Sweden from Islam,” the site reported. “I am quite prepared to work together with them until the day we rescued Sweden, then we go our separate ways,” she added. The Nordic Council of Resistance were also reportedly in attendance at the Identitarian Ideas IX conference.
White nationalism no departure for Gaffney
Carlqvist is not the first individual with white nationalist ties to appear on Gaffney’s radio show. In 2015, he invited white nationalist Jared Taylor to be interviewed on his show. As highlighted by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Taylor used the platform to spout his racist ideas, claiming that soon Europeans will be “overrun” by Muslims and refugees “who are alien religiously, culturally, and racially and that eventually will be the end of Europe as we know it.”
Other platforms associated with Gaffney have also uncritically highlighted white nationalist groups. The website CounterJihad, a project of Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy, has been sympathetic to European white nationalist movements like France’s Bloc Identitaire. In a 2016 article, CounterJihad authors took a favorable tone toward Bloc Identitaire, stating, “The pressure of mass Islamic immigration is causing an apparent shift to these once-fringe groups, as they are the only political parties who will consistently oppose mass immigration. They are also the only groups who will voice opposition to a demographic shift towards Islam.”
The article adds that it is “no surprise that parties that will address these concerns grow in size and power.”
Gaffney may like to claim his mission is different than that of white nationalists, or the alt-right, yet his continued embrace of elements associated with this ideology suggests otherwise.