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“Gotta Catch ‘Em All” Sounds Very Different When Pikachu Is Dressed Like Hitler

Caution: Disturbing image, language below.

Last week the White Supremacist (“alt-right”) website The Daily Stormer announced it had begun sponsoring the distribution of Nazi propaganda to children playing Pokémon Go. Crediting the idea to “an enterprising stormer”, the website is encouraging supporters to distribute the flyers (pictured below) to white children hanging out at Pokémon gyms.

Vocativ first reported the story last week and since that time, Daily Stormer writer and proud racist Andrew Anglin doubled down on his efforts as he pushed back against supporters who took issue with co-opting the beloved game. Anglin claims flyers with racist slurs and Nazi imagery will draw in large numbers of preteens and teens because “…young boys like rebellious things. It excites them. It makes them interested. The flyer, in my view, was perfectly designed to appeal to young boys, and I think we’re going to get a huge response once people start handing them out.”

The flyer in question shows a Pikachu character dressed to look like Hitler and starts with a vile and vicious call out: 

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The back side of the flyer continues, 

The race war is coming. The Jews are going to release the [n-word] on you, they’re going to burn down your cities. They’re going to rape your mother and your sister, they’re going to butcher you all. 

We need to organize and we need to do it quickly. 

The first step is to vote for DONALD TRUMP. You are probably too young to vote, but you need to do everything you can to support his rise as GOD EMPEROR.

Not all White Supremacists seem to be on board with this extreme approach to recruitment, however. Responding to the “several negavite comments’” he’s received, Anglin says on his blog that, no matter how harsh the flyer may be, it doesn’t matter. Once people learn “that very extreme right-wing people exist, lesser extreme right-wing people become more socially acceptable in their minds.” In other words, as long as there are people like Anglin around, Donald Trump’s less extreme views on white supremacy will become acceptable in the mainstream world. 

Further down, Anglin pushes the philosphy that his extreme beliefs are appealing in and of themselves. “In extreme situations, such as that which exists in modern America, people tend to be more drawn to extremism and extreme solutions.” He says most people have long since stopped paying attention because “Trump has been called a racist six million times.”

We’re so desensitized to the claims of bigotry and racism that even “If the media were to present these flyers and say ‘look, racist Alt-Right Neo-Nazi Pokemon conspiracy!!!!’ it would simply be more noise.”

Anglin’s extremism is, oddly, so extreme to some people they’ve accused him of being “some kind of secret Jewish agent.” To prove how absurd the accusation is, Anglin writes, “Why don’t you go see if you can find someone accusing Allen Ginsberg of being a secret Nazi agent. If not, than there is some very serious misunderstanding going on (at the very least).” 

But why Pokémon, and why childish arguments and tactics? As Anglin himself says, “The Daily Stormer was designed to appeal to teenagers, but I have long thought that we needed to get pre-teens involved in the movement. At that age, you can really brainwash someone easily. Anyone who accepts Nazism at the age of 10 or 11 is going to be a Nazi for life.”

 

Image by Eduardo Woo via Flickr and a CC license
Hat tip: Wonkette

 

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Donald Trump Jr. Bombs at CPAC – and Gets Scorched for Lying That ‘Radical’ Dems Have ‘Banned the Muppets’ From TV

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If Donald Trump, Jr. was hoping to get support for a political run he did not receive it at Friday’s Conservative Political Action Conference. The son of the former president was the last speaker of the day, but had to address a room with more empty chairs than he probably expected. There was no attempt to be “socially distant” at CPAC, and it was definitely not “standing room only.”

The conservative crowd did not seem terribly impressed or thrilled with Trump Jr.’s remarks. At one point, when he compared CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter (who he called Brian Slettler) to “Mr. Potato Head,” claiming that everyone makes that comparison (almost no one makes that comparison, except for this guy and a Fox News host), he got enough pushback that he had to try to defend his ugly attack.

Jr. also tried to pull off jokes like, “Liz Cheney is less popular than her father is at a quail hunt,” referring to the former vice president accidentally shooting an acquaintance in the face – in 2006, 15 years ago. There likely were attendees in the room who literally were too young to know what he was talking about. When some groaned he declared, “fact check: true.”

Trump Jr.’s speech was his usual mix of lies, half-truths, and self-victimization, accentuated with a big lie about something incredibly irrelevant: “The Muppets” (no offense meant to any Muppets.)

“This month, this month alone, they’ve banned The Muppets,” Trump Jr. lied, blaming “the radical left” for the cancellation that did not happen.

“Right. I mean, if there’s things that you thought were sort of above cancellation, you would be wrong. There is nothing, the radical left won’t cancel. ”

He was probably referring to Disney +, where almost every Muppet episode can now be seen. Entertainment Weekly reports that two episodes are missing, one because Disney could not secure the rights to the music in an episode, and one because the guest star of that episode is now a convicted sex offender and was “found guilty of possessing child pornography.”

BBC News adds that Disney has added a content warning to the beginning of some episodes over “negative stereotypes.”

That’s not cancelling The Muppets, although Trump’s father has made clear he doesn’t like warning labels on his content either.

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MAGA Crowd at CPAC Rewards Josh Hawley With a Standing Ovation for Voting to Overturn a Free and Fair Election

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Conservatives continue to reward Republicans who fought to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) was one of the most prominent proponents of the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump actually won the presidential election. Hawley refused to accept the outcome of the election even after the Electoral College voted to confirm Joe Biden’s victory in December.

Hawley continued his efforts to overturn the election even after the fatal January. 6th insurrection by supporters of Trump who believed Hawley’s misinformation.

While the senator has been harshly criticized in Missouri, he was cheered on Friday when he bragged about siding with the insurrectionists while speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando.

Many in the crowed even gave him a standing ovation.

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GOP Lawmakers Lie to Skip House Votes – So They Can Attend Conservative Conference in Orlando

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Four of the Republican Party’s most extreme House lawmakers have submitted signed letters claiming they must vote by proxy due to the ongoing health crisis, the coronavirus pandemic. But as CNN’s Manu Raju reports, all four are in sunny Florida attending or even speaking at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“Several Republicans in the House have skipped Friday’s votes and enlisted their colleagues to vote on their behalf, signing letters saying they couldn’t attend ‘due to the ongoing public health emergency.’ But those members are scheduled to be at CPAC,” Raju reports.

“The members include Rep. Matt Gaetz,” Raju adds, “as well as some of Trump’s staunchest defenders who are listed as speakers, like Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina and Ted Budd of North Carolina.”

Here’s Rep. Matt Gaetz on Thursday at CPAC, apparently unconcerned about the coronavirus as he walks maskless in the halls laughing with supporters:

Republicans were initially vehemently opposed to voting by proxy when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi approved it. But now they are abusing the procedure, and apparently lying to invoke it.

 

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