Some very genuine people in my mentions who are definitely not just nazi trolls have a not at all disingenuous question about how Ben Shapiro could possibly collaborate with nazis, being Jewish and all.
So, okay! Let's talk about @benshapiro and nazis.
But there were also the trolls who showed up just to say, "oh, but Ben Shapiro can't be a nazi enabler! He's Jewish!"
It's a common defense of @benshapiro, even when *actual nazi terrorists* are saying he inspired their actions.
Saying all radical white supremacists are Hitler-worshipping goosesteppers is sort of like saying all high school clique members are goths.
There's a whole beige-hued rainbow of hate out there, and capital-N Nazis are just one shade.
No, the fuck it does not.
That guy "liking" Jerry's complaint about "semitism"? Harrisburg Proud Boys rally captain Andrew Kovalic.
Not every radical white supremacist is someone who becomes physically ill at the site of hummus and believes in total eradication of the Jews.
Whatever the answers, though... it's being asked.
Call them nazis? As long as they have plausible deniability about antisemitism you're a leftist lunatic.
They just care about national security.
Because white supremacists hate the Jews, right?
And can you prove they hate the Jews?
Well, then. They can't possibly be white supremacists.
They might even have rejected and avoided these alt-right radical white supremacist groups if they'd known about that antisemitism off the bat.
But once they're all in? That's when the "JQ" gets introduced-- gradually.
I want to tangent for one quick second into very useful tactic they use to maintain that plausible deniability.
There's a reason for that.
As we're talking about different white supremacist answers to the Jewish Question, let's be clear that one very popular answer is just to send all the Jews back to Israel.
That white supremacist still hates Jewish people. Israel is his solution to the Jewish problem.
So they take to 8chan and denounce AmIM and Proud Boys as sell-outs and fakes, unworthy of the title of "white nationalist."
"We support Israel and the Nazis have denounced us!" you can say. "How could we possibly be white supremacists?"
They're radical white supremacists who have done a good job covering their tracks on anti-semitism.
They recruit from Shapiro's fans.
But Shapiro couldn't be complicit, right? He's Jewish.
Just look at the pro-life movement, or Ben Carson.
Sometimes it's because of internalized self-hate.
Sometimes, it's for personal gain.
Often, it's a combination of both.
The ones who make it all the way to full indoctrination may lose their love for Ben, but there are plenty of folks at stages in between.
They're Shapiro's base.
Fans who sympathize with aspects of the white supremacist alt-right, and either haven't seen or are in denial about its antisemitic core.
A whole lot of talking head gigs.
That's a whole lot of book sales.
A whole lot of Twitter followers.
A whole lot of celebrity and money and political capital, right down the drain.
He knows who his audience is. He knows he's priming a legion of followers for recruitment by the closeted antisemites of radical white supremacist alt-right.
He knows exactly what he's doing.
He just doesn't care.
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