| A lunatic Chaplin imitator|
and his greatest fans
|First as tragedy|
|Then as farce|
Tom likes long prison walks, soap-on-a-rope, swastikas, and wearing Bart Simpson T-shirts. He reputedly was friends with Glenn Spencer, Hal Turner, and Sean Hannity. (Rush Limbaugh wanted to be friends, too, but they considered Limbaugh to be a political liability.)
Southern Poverty Law Center brought suit against Metzger on behalf of family members of murdered Ethiopian student and father, Mulugeta Seraw, for Metgzer's part in inciting skinheads to engage in violent confrontations with minorities. A jury awarded $12.5 million against Metzger and his organization, White Aryan Resistance, of which Metzger was responsible for $5.5 million. The SPLC caused the court to attach Metzger's home, tools, and vehicle in partial satisfaction of the judgment. Metzger went on welfare and moved to Warsaw. Unfortunately, either his knowledge of geography wasn't very good or those crazy Poles played a Polish joke on him, and he ended up in Warsaw, Indiana, where he continues to advocate the same crap that got him in trouble.
He was incarcerated in Los Angeles County, California and in Toronto, Ontario.
During his Ku Klux Klan days Metzger held strictly extreme-right views but later came to see himself as more aligned with the left than the right, on the grounds that the right was too mired in conservatism and he identified with the far left's militant revolutionary stance. This shift coincided with his leaving the Klan to start his own group, White Aryan Resistance. Metzger is often described as a Third positionist because of his identification with the left. Among other things he has praised the former Soviet Union as a "white workers state", promoted Jack London's socialist and anti-fascist novel The Iron Heel, published cartoons attacking American conservatives for cheering for black U.S. athletes over white Soviet Bloc athletes in the Olympics, and proclaimed support for striking union workers in the American Midwest and for hard green group Earth First! - in both cases because they were fighting against companies who happened to be owned by Jews.
However, any support for the militant left he seems to have comes to a grinding halt if the people in question are not white. He is, above all else, a white racist and describes his ideology first and foremost as racist. Any support for the left he has is strictly secondary, and any support for the conservative right tertiary, and in either case only if they coincide with the interest of white racism.
In 1980 he barely squeaked out a victory in a three-way Democratic Party primary for U.S. Congress in California, running as an openly white supremacist Klan leader (this was before his claimed shift to the "left"). This was in a heavily Republican Orange County district and he lost the general election 87% to 13%.
After his trial he began advocating a "lone wolf" strategy and advising white racists against joining any established groups.
In 2010 he ran as an independent candidate for U.S. Congress in Indiana. His campaign site lists a populist platform (repeal NAFTA, jail for BP oil executives, cut military spending, bring the troops home, end foreign aid, moratorium on immigration, etc.) without mentioning White Aryan Resistance or his role in the white supremacist movement. Politics1.com gets it right by describing him as a white supremacist/neo-Nazi and frequent candidate.
Metzger was Christian Identity in the 1970s but left it about the same time as he left the Klan to start White Aryan Resistance. He identifies as an agnostic and has been supportive of Odinism, Satanism, atheism, the Church of the Creator as well as Identity, as long as the person in question is above all a white racist.
Metzger pioneered the use of public access cable TV by white nationalists in the 1980s with his show Race and Reason. Race and Reason was notoriously ecumenical by the standards of the white racist movement, interviewing and promoting many different groups who wouldn't otherwise talk to each other - the World Church of the Creator, Satanist musician Boyd Rice, Aryan Nations leader Richard G. Butler, Christian Identity, the racialist wing of Asatru, the Klan, 1980s tax protesters like Posse Comitatus - and even black nationalist and Nation of Islam leaders in an attempt to find common ground over shared racial separatism and hatred of Jews.
He also published a newspaper, WAR, which was the venue for obnoxious racist cartoons, articles by Tom, and bad poetry, and also in the 1980s pioneered the use of recorded telephone messages by white nationalist groups. His weekly recorded telephone hotline is still running as of 2010. Sometime in the mid '00s he changed the name of his group from White Aryan Resistance to The Insurgent, and moved from his longtime southern California residence to Indiana.
He has participated in race discussions and interviews with Fox News, CNN, and Telemundo, and appeared in numerous documentaries about white nationalism. Metzger hosts a weekly radio talk show called Insurgent Radio, on Hal Turner's internet-based Turner Radio Network (not affiliated with the Turner Broadcasting System).
Metzger also featured prominently in the Louis Theroux documentary Louis and the Nazis wherein Metzger, his lawyer and Theroux travel on a bizarre "diplomatic mission" to Mexico which mainly entailed getting shit-faced on cheap Tequila.