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Fri Jan 29, 2021, 11:46 PM

12. Brannon, Global NAZI Organizer


“Bannon sees the Pepes as kind of like trolls, and not like the Nazis like Richard Spencer and David Duke,” said one person who spoke to Bannon. “Everybody’s kind of struggling with it.”

Vanity Fair, Sept. 12, 2017


For Bannon and his allies, purging extremist elements from the far-right movement is hard, because no matter how vocally they repudiate neo-Nazis and their brethren, those groups will hug back harder—especially if there’s a national platform for them to clamber on. “David Duke shows up for every media opportunity,” Bannon complained to Rose, referring to the former K.K.K. grand wizard. One person who met with Bannon recently described him as furious and preoccupied with the Nazi problem. “What the fuck do we do about the Nazis?” he asked at one point during their meeting, according to this person.

Complicating the issue are the rank-and-file Web-based Breitbart constituency that Bannon calls the “Pepes,” after the cartoon frog often used in memes promoting far-right ideology. It has not always been clear where the group’s mischief-making ends and anti-Semitism begins: the “Pepes” themselves gleefully Photoshop their foes into gas chambers, not because they actually believe in white supremacism, some say, but because they simply wanted to see the liberal Internet lose their minds. The Pepes’ outrageous stunts are responsibly in part for fueling the rise of Breitbart, and to an extent, Trumpism, but their refusal to stop tweaking progressives with their use of swastikas has now become a liability.

“Bannon sees the Pepes as kind of like trolls, and not like the Nazis like Richard Spencer and David Duke,” explained the person who spoke to Bannon. “Everybody’s kind of struggling with it. Like, ‘Oh yeah, there’s these people, they’re kind of trollish, they make a lot of jokes or whatever, maybe we wish they were a little bit nicer.’ But that’s different, categorically, than neo-Nazis at rallies throwing Nazi salutes and throwing up Nazi flags.”

Near the top of this heap of problems, however, is Bannon himself. After immortalizing Breitbart as a “platform for the alt-right” during the 2016 Republican National Convention—a slip of the tongue several of his colleagues wish he hadn’t made, in retrospect—Bannon inadvertently linked his site to Spencer’s white nationalist movement. The budding fascist had dubbed his own movement the “alt-right” back in 2010, using it to describe a movement dedicated to marginalizing Jews and minorities from white nations, establishing authoritarian governments, and rolling back equal rights for men and women. And Bannon’s apparent reticence to repudiate hate groups, like William F. Buckley did when he rejected the John Birch Society during the 1960s, only allowed them to grow.



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