Last month Ricochet reported that white supremacists were cheering on Doug Ford in the Ontario election. Ford’s win likely led to rejoicing among Canada’s neo-Nazis, but for one of them, the party has abruptly come to an end. The identity of the main host of a popular white nationalist podcast, This Hour Has 88 Minutes, has been publicly revealed.
Clayton Sanford, who used the alias Axe in the Deep borrowed from a video-game inspired song, is a 31-year-old gamer and cosplayer who lives in suburban Ottawa, according to a Vice investigation. Before moving on to alt-right websites such as The Right Stuff, he frequented a video game forum, where, according to Vice, he was “among the site’s prolific posters”:
But he also discussed his disdain for visible minorities and the LGBT community, which festered into outright hatred as time progressed. His feelings towards women, at first hopeful if anxiety-tinged, metastasized in a similar fashion.
The Vice article contains 10-year-old photos of Sanford engaging in cosplay — wearing silly costumes, holding fake swords, striking warrior poses. Presumably these were the only images that Vice could locate. Such photos may mislead viewers into thinking Sanford and others like him are innocuous, but this is a man who was advocating murder in his pursuit of a white ethnostate in Canada.
“The death squad thing might end up being the only option,” Sanford said on an episode of This Hour Has 88 Minutes during a discussion of the barriers to deporting people of colour from Canada. The podcast is no longer online, but episodes have been saved by the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, a non-profit organization tracking hate groups in the country.
The unveiling of Clayton Sanford follows the outing of two other prominent neo-Nazis in Canada. Thomas White, co-host of This Hour Has 88 Minutes, where he went by the name League of the North, was shown in a Vice investigation to be a coffee shop owner in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Gabriel Sohier Chaput, known by the alias Zeiger, was exposed by the Montreal Gazette to be a local IT consultant.