Allegations were recently made in the comments at Ballot Access News that the Libertarian Party’s 2020 Vice Presidential nominee Spike Cohen previously frequented a now-defunct hate site FuckFrance.com (FF). The site featured articles and comments largely expressing hatred for France and its people. It reached the height of its popularity in 2003 ahead of the US invasion of Iraq, which France opposed. Though the site went defunct in 2013, some of its pages are saved in the Internet Archive. From there, posts from a user with the handle SpikeCohen can be found.
Cohen, in person, mentioned during the 2020 Libertarian Party Vice Presidential debate that he had previously been a neoconservative. The user SpikeCohen from FF also expressed neoconservative views. In addition, on Vermin Supreme’s website, Cohen says his nickname “Spike” derives from a character on the film My Little Pony. Although it is not viewable on the Internet Archive, the tipster on Ballot Access News claims SpikeCohen from FF likewise used an avatar from the Pony film. Spike Cohen hails from South Carolina as did SpikeCohen on FF.
SpikeCohen joined FF on March 19, the day the air invasion of Iraq began. The next day, as ground troops entered, SpikeCohen rejoiced:
It has finally begun…. after years of denials, deception and duplicity; after months of political posturing and French faggotry; and after hours of Saddam’s final bad mistake, the finest mortal military ever to walk the Earth has begun its work to disarm the Butcher of Baghdad, as well as to liberate the Iraqi people
He argued in favor of a boycott against France due to France’s opposition to the invasion of Iraq and proposed the federal government label products from France to make it easier to participate in the boycott. Summarizing his views on France, SpikeCohen declared:
I wish to express my feeling of betrayal by the French. We are liberating a desperate population from an evil dictator, as we once did for France, and Jacques Ch-Iraq has done everything that he can to keep this man in power with his Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Regarding the boycott, he added:
The “Boycott France” movement cannot be allowed to end even after Iraq is free. This should have been done when they denied us flyover permission when we needed to attack Libyan terrorists. The Ch-Iraq Administration’s biggest international goal is to replace the US as the lone superpower, even if it means protecting terrorists and dictators, even if it means putting the lives of the American people at risk.
In discussing how the boycott affected him personally, SpikeCohen revealed:
I just turned down buying a BARELY USED 3-month-old Nissan 350Z for half the price of a new one, because Nissan is mostly owned by Renault!
Now that’s MORALS! No one would’ve known it was French! I deserve some fucking respect!
SpikeCohen also provided his take on three previous US presidents:
Lincoln – Founder of the Republican Party. Used war to liberate slaves and remove the Confederacy. You’re right, he was an excellent President.
Kennedy – Threatened Cuba and Russia with pre-emptive nuclear strikes during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Cuba and Russia ceded, and withdrew their nuclear shipment. Excellent President.
Clinton – Attacked Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina AND Iraq WITHOUT UN APPROVAL. I personally didn’t like this President, but you seem to have approved of his actions.
Regarding then-President George W. Bush, SpikeCohen said he supported the President “100% in the War on Terror” but expressed frustration at the policy of recognizing Palestine or ceding any territory to them:
In Exodus, God gave the Jews everything west of the Jordan River.
Our President, however, says “the Holy Land must be shared” with the sons of Arab Nazis who fought us in North Africa (AraFAG, Abu Mazen, Mohammad Dahlan, etc. etc. etc.)
[ . . . ]
[List of Israeli children killed]
Unfortunately, these children were not Texans. They were Jewish Israelis. And the punishment for their murderers? Why, A COUNTRY OF THEIR OWN THAT NEVER EXISTED, of course!!
[ . . . ]
I love this country, and I have supported our President 100% in the war on terror, but this “Road Map” is not only counter-productive, but it invites God’s Wrath on us.
[ . . . ]
We cannot allow terrorism to be rewarded with land, our else let us give Florida to Al-Qaeda.
God told us not to do the VERY THING we are doing, dressing Israel’s wounds and saying “Peace, peace” when there is no peace with terrorists.
Please, we MUST STOP THIS! President Bush will stop only if he knows that we are against this.
On April 3, 2003, SpikeCohen commented on the hypocrisy of those who opposed the war in Iraq while also claiming to oppose Iraqi President Saddam Hussein:
Yes, there is a way to be against terrorism and Saddam, and also be against war to remove them.
This is accomplished by being morally and ideologically dishonest; picking and choosing which atrocities are bad and which are acceptable…
Hating Basque separatist terrorists, but accepting Arab separatist terrorists in Israel…
Hating us for not signing the Kyoto Protocol, but being perfectly fine with Saddam burning oil wells and flooding villages…
Despising our support for Saddam in the 80’s during the Cold War BEFORE he gassed his own people, but not caring about the fact that France, Germany, Russia and China have been supplying him with the means to produce these weapons up until March of this year, and are RIGHT NOW supplying Hussein with weapons to kill coalition troops and Iraqi civilians.
Yes, there is a way to achieve this process of thought. It’s called being a hypocrite.
I discussed this matter with Cohen himself on Twitter. He said it was “possible” he made the FF posts but did not seem to remember. He said he often visited many different neoconservative websites in those days.
Cohen says he completely disavows statements he made during his neoconservative stage. He left the movement around 2006 or 2007 and began his shift to anarchocapitalism, which he completed in late 2015. When asked why he shifted away from his previous stance, he cited the outcomes of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Cohen was initially Vermin Supreme’s choice for vice president in 2020. He was selected to be the running mate of Libertarian presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen at the 2020 Libertarian National Convention.