Left: Craig Cobb; photos by Isis
(Toledo, OH) Among the most unusual of visitors to Toledo this Saturday will likely be a man named Craig Cobb, whose stock in trade is to walk around neo-Nazi and white supremacist rallies trying to stir up trouble in antifa and media areas.
Nicole Nichols exposes Mr. Cobb with far greater knowledge and depth than I would be able to, as she has been tracking this individual for years. I recommend that people looking for more information on Cobb read the article on her excellent Citizens Against Hate website.
I am not looking to join the ranks of the full-time racist watchers, and I will surely incur the deluded wrath of the racist right for this post. Nonetheless, I think Toledoans need to be aware of Cobb and his tactics.
Cobb likes to walk up to unsuspecting people in the crowd and use racial epithets to provoke a reaction. He is also fond of sticking his camera in the faces of police offciers and badgering them with inane questions about the Constitution and civil rights (note: I always find myself shaking my head in disbelief when a Nazi whines about civil rights). He has even been known to accost members of the mainstream press and accuse them of being members of the Jewish media conspiracy (I am editing out his normal ethnic slurs).
Sort of like a strung-out, racist Michael Moore who has not bathed in a month, but without the intelligence. OK, so not much like Michael Moore, but you get the picture. Just be advised that this bizarre character - who has some relationship with the white supremacist site VNN and has press "credentials" from the same - takes perverse pleasure in harassing people, and his presence in Toledo on Saturday will be just one more element of instability in the metaphorical mix.