In late March, James Hake, producer for The Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show, appeared on The Realist Report â a podcast hosted by Holocaust denier and Neo-Nazi John Friend. During this appearance, Hake praised former president Trump, suggested that there is a plot to make white people commit acts of terrorism, and repeated antisemitic tropes.
James Hake is the host of The Hake Report and is listed as the âproducerâ for Jesse Lee Peterson, a far-right talk show host and pastor who founded the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND). Peterson has downplayed racism against minority groups and given a platform to white nationalists and Neo-Nazis.
Like Peterson, Hake has defended explicitly white supremacist institutions, like chattel slavery.
On Twitter, Hake has claimed that slavery âwas not âracist.’â In a tweet from June 2020, Hake insisted that the Confederate battle flag âwas a symbol AGAINST oppression from the North.â When asked whether this meant the âoppressionâ of not owning slaves, Hake replied âAmong other things yeah.â
âImagine being in those times,â he continued. âYou own slaves. Your parents owned them. Your economyâs based on them. Then some northerners say you gotta let âem go. What you supposed to do? I get it slaveryâs not ideal, but donât be self righteous.â
On Jan. 18, 2021 he claimed that Martin Luther King Jr. âwould be ashamed of BLMâ â adding that he âwas gonna say MLK would be ashamed of the blacks,â but that this âsounds âracist.’â
Hake has likened Kwanzaa to a celebration of Hitlerâs birthday, compared the âblack power fistâ to a Nazi salute, blamed Breonna Taylor for her own murder, reacted to calls for police reform by calling for âblack reform,â and falsely claimed that the Trump administrationâs family separation policy didnât traumatize children.
On Mar. 29, 2021, Hake made a guest appearance on an episode of The Realist Report, a podcast hosted by John Friend â a Neo-Nazi who called Adolf Hitler a ârighteous German patriot.â Friend spoke highly of Peterson for âtalking about the war on white peopleâ and for inviting on white supremacists like Kyle Hunt.
When Friend asked Hake what he thought about the Trump presidency, Hake suggested it was mostly positive.
âOverall I am happy with Trump. I know that â I knew going in that he was willing and eager to be nice to Blacks,â he said. âYou know, he was â from his business days â he was getting these awards with these rappers and with the NAACP and stuff like that I feel like.â
But Hake praised Trump for his racist remark about how four congresswomen of color â three of whom were native-born â should âgo backâ to the âtotally broken and crime infested places from which they came.â Hake was also impressed with Trumpâs defense of the white supremacists who rioted at the 2017 âUnite the Rightâ rally.
âAnd with the Charlottesville situation, I loved how he was really the only one in the mainstream to tell the truth that there was violence on many sides, and very fine people on both sides,â Hake said. âIn fact I felt that he was a little too generous to the Left.â
After Friend complained that anti-fascists and the Black Lives Matter movement âliterally engaged in a genuine insurrection against the country,â Hake called the âBlack Lives Matterâ slogan a âsmear upon whitesâ because âitâs trying to imply that we donât know that your life matters.â
âBut youâre the ones who are throwing your lives away,â he insisted.
Hake also suggested that unnamed people have structured modern society in such a way that âsaneâ white people are beginning to lash out violently.
âI think itâs meant to make the sane people go insane with outrage and anger and just drive people nutsâŠ I think itâs meant to make us mad and make people act out in the wrong way,â he claimed. âLike they want whites to commit so-called âterror attacksâ against people of color, against Jews or whatever.â
John Friend agreed, saying it âfalls right into their narrative.â
Hake circled back to praising Trump, whom he said âstood for actual love and unityâ and âtold the truth for the most part.â Hake said that, âoverall,â Trump âmaintained a level of dignity as a old Boomer, somewhat Christian, somewhat conservative white man.â
He then said that it was âso niceâ when Trump lashed out at Black reporters by calling their questions âracist.â
Of course on The Realist Report it was only a matter of time before someone began railing against Jews. Friend asked Hake about his thoughts on the ârole of the organized Jewish communityâ in politics. Hake replied that he doesnât âknow a lot about it,â but then parroted conspiracies about Jewish power.
Hake said that he learned from âsome of these guysâ that â70% of [Jews] voted for Hillary [Clinton] in 2016,â and that Jewish people are âvery good at being personable and aggressive in making deals and rising to the top.â âAnd so theyâre in control of a lot of organizations so disproportionately,â he told Friend.
âTheyâre such a small minority of the country and yet theyâre â they have so much outdue [sic] influence on the world, on movies, on media, in politics,â he continued. âThey say that white people are taking up most of the government but itâs like, not white Christians.â
Friend asserted that Jews made up a âhuge percentageâ of the Trump and Biden administrations, and that âmanyâ of the âmost important people in Congressâ are Jewish. But he complained that people who point that out are âdenouncedâ as âantisemite[s].â
Hake then began ranting about âfemale-mindedâ Jewish people in both parties. âThey believe in the âracismâ thing, they kiss up to women, they are more likely to cave to homosexuality, and they donât really believe in true freedom of speech the way that normal, white, manly-thinking people do,â he said.
Hake also claimed that, because Jewish people âhave a natural talent and cunning,â the âevil that they bring is more subtle and sinisterâ than the âdegeneracy brought by Blacks.â He quickly added that Jewish people had been âsupporting the worst aspects of the Black community, too.â
This was far from the first time that James Hake has enthusiastically promoted white supremacists.
On Aug. 17, 2017 Hake tweeted a link to a revisionist video about the deadly âUnite the Rightâ rally by James Allsup, a white nationalist who attended it. On Feb. 4, 2021, Hake tweeted âColin Flaherty tried to warn you.â Flaherty is a racist author who writes obsessively about Black crime.
In July 2018, when asked to prove his assertion that âBlacks commit wildly disproportionate interracial violent crime,â Hake recommended the work of Heather Mac Donald, Colin Flaherty, and white nationalist Jared Taylor.
On Apr. 17, 2021 Hake tweeted about a Canadian stay-at-home order, and credited âVox Dayâ with spotting the story. Day, whose real name is Theodore Beale, is a far-right author and blogger who called Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik a âsaintâ and praised the assassination attempt of Malala Yousafzai.
Two days later Hake shared content from the official Telegram channel of The Krypto Report, a show associated with the Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer that is hosted by Robert Warren Ray (a.k.a. âAzzmadorâ).