“It seems,” she said, “to be a classic Russian influence operation.”
With Donald J. Trump’s presidential victory in 2016, Mr. Bausman’s media outlet began promoting more extreme views. In a post-election celebratory post, he struck a militant chord that shocked old friends.
“Trump’s election may be like Luther nailing his theses to the door, but now the demons are being awakened, and they know they must fight or be killed, and like in the 16th century, they won’t go quietly,” he wrote. . “And there will be blood. Let’s hope it’s the figurative, digital kind, and not the real, red, hot, sticky stuff.”
A turning point came in January 2018, when Mr. Bausman posted a lengthy polemic, “It’s time to drop the Jewish taboo,” which was both an anti-Semitic manifesto and a call to action for the alt-right.
“The evidence suggests that much of the human enterprise dominated and shaped by Jews is a bottomless pit of trouble with a peculiar penchant for mendacity and cynicism, hostility to Christianity and Christian values, and in geopolitics an obvious bloodlust,” he wrote. .
It was welcomed by white nationalist figures such as Richard Spencer, who called it “a big event.”
Outside of the far right, Bausman’s embrace of anti-Semitism was widely condemned. The US State Department flagged it in a report on human rights issues in Russia, and the rant led to RT’s rejection.
Following the August 2018 death of his mother, who left an estate valued at approximately $2.6 million, Mr. Bausman purchased two properties in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where his family had roots.