Backgrounder: American Third Position
Leaders of the A3P: Don Wassall, Director
Posted: July 9, 2010
Don Wassall, Director
Don Wassall is the founder of the American Nationalist Union (ANU) (the successor to a faction of the now-defunct Populist Party), a white supremacist outfit whose main function is publishing The Nationalist Times. The publication has been a vehicle for expressing Wassall's anti-Semitic and racist views. In the summer of 2009, Wassall also launched ANU News, a news Web site.
In addition, Wassall runs another Web site, Caste Football, where he claims to examine the "racial dynamics of football and of sports in general." On the site, Wassall asserts that "white football players, no matter how talented, are directed into a racial Caste System" that limits which position they can play on a team. He also runs a Web site, Northern Voice Bookstore, which sells books that promote a number of New World Order conspiracy theories, as well as anti-immigrant, survival and self-defense materials. In 2008, Wassall moved his operations to Las Vegas; he previously operated via a post office box in Allison Park, Pennsylvania.
Prior to founding the ANU, Wassall was involved in the far-right Populist Party, founded by long-time anti-Semite Willis Carto in 1983. Promoted as a contemporary incarnation of the late 19th-century Populist movement, its 1984 platform called for "respect for racial and cultural diversity." But the agenda of the party soon became clear when it elaborated on its views through the use of traditional code words that provided camouflage for anti-Semitic or racist positions: "The Populist Party will not permit any racial minority, through control of the media, culture distortion or revolutionary activity, to divide or factionalize the majority of the society-nation in which the minority lives."
Wassall continued to lead the Populist Party until 1995. At its annual convention that year, the Populist Party announced that it would change its name to the American Nationalist Union and that the party's newspaper, The Populist Observer, would now be called The Nationalist Times. In addition, the party announced that it would no longer run political candidates but would support those that held "nationalist" views. Before founding the ANU, Wassall had broken with Carto over issues of financial management and control of the Populist Party.