The alt-right’s ultimate target

After a 2014 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, Hollywood agent turned extreme-right commentator Patrick Dollard weighed in thusly:

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Dolllard still hates Muslims, but lately he’s been turning his attention elsewhere:

Yes, Dollard is something of a fringe character – even Breitbart.com, to which he once contributed, disassociated themselves from him after his 2014 “slaughter all Muslims” tweet.  But he’s not the only Trump-supporting alt-rightist who despises the Jews.  Not even close:

She had seen her face superimposed on the body of a concentration camp inmate. She had been called “a slimy Jewess.” She had been told she “deserved the oven.” One anonymous individual had electronically harassed her for 19 hours straight.

Things got so bad that Bethany Mandel, a 30-year-old freelance writer in Highland Park, N.J., decided one afternoon last spring to drive to a nearby gun shop. A mother of two small children, she now keeps a .22 in her home.

What had she done to provoke so much vitriol? She posted some messages onTwitter drawing attention to the fact that Donald J. Trump seemed to have a lot of anti-Semitic supporters.

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Anti-Semitism has been resurgent in Europe for years. But it has taken on a new dimension in the United States with the emergence of the Trump campaign, whose battle against political correctness has provided a kind of on-ramp for bigotry to enter the political mainstream.

During its investigation, the organization found that 2.6 million anti-Semitic messages were posted on Twitter from August 2015 to July 2016. Of those, 19,253 were directed at journalists.

There was a significant uptick starting early this year, when the presidential campaign began to intensify, the organization said in its report, to be released on Wednesday. More than 800 journalists have been the subject of anti-Semitic attacks on Twitter, with 10 of them receiving 83 percent of the total attacks.

The words appearing most frequently in the Twitter biographies of the attackers were “Trump,” “nationalist,” “conservative” and “white.” Many of the owners of the 1,600 Twitter accounts were anonymous, though at least two are prominent white supremacists: Andrew Anglin, the founder of the website The Daily Stormer, and Lee Rogers of the Infostormer.

The report was careful not to suggest that the Trump campaign “supported or endorsed” the anti-Semitic attacks, but noted that many had been sent by his supporters.

That’s why it was so startling to see the pro-Trump Ezra Levant gleefully spreading a meme revived by Germany’s extreme right, and associated with the freaking Nazis:

Lugenpresse literally means “lying press,” and while the term long pre-dates the Nazis, they’re the ones who really took it to the next level.  Lately, the word has been revived by Germany’s anti-immigrant PEGIDA movement, and now the Trump campaign:

“Tell the truth!” and “CNN sucks!” have become staples at nearly every Trump rally.On Saturday night, a new and foreign accusation came to the fore: “Lügenpresse!”

The term, which means “lying press” in German, has a history dating back to the mid-1800s and was used by the Nazis to discredit the media. In recent years, it has been revived by German far-right anti-immigrant groups. And on Saturday, it made an appearance at a Trump rally in Cleveland, Ohio.

After the rally finished, one man approached the press pen and shouted insults, accusing the media of being in the tank for the Clintons and being “bought and paid for.” Another man, wearing a Make America Great Again hat and holding a sign with the same slogan, walked up beside him and began yelling at the press that we were “lügenpresse,” adding that the phrase means “lying press” in German. The first man started shouting it too, then turned to the second and made a self-deprecating remark about not pronouncing it right.

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The alt-right has been emboldened this year by Trump’s rise; the chairman of Breitbart News, who has spoken of his website being a home for the alt-right, is now Trump’s campaign CEO, and Hillary Clinton’s speech tying Trump to the alt-right launched the movement to new heights of notoriety. The embrace of a term like “lügenpresse” is, as [white nationalist leader Robert] Spencer says, classic alt-right; the proud “shitlords” of the movement take pride in embracing edgy terminology, the more anti-PC the better.

Like many of his alt-right brethren, Levant seems to think this is all a big laugh, a way to stick it to the politically correct virtue signalers.  I don’t think it will be so funny when his allies inevitably turn on him.

(Disclosure: when Levant’s The Rebel started up, I contributed to its now-dormant group blog, The Megaphone.  To give credit where it’s due, the site posted several pieces which went against its editorial line, including several anti-Trump posts.)

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