On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Paul Gosar tweeted a meme used by neo-Nazis

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Republican Congressman Paul Gosar posted – then deleted – a meme rooted in a violent and racist online culture that has been praised by neo-Nazis and white nationalists.

Gosar social media posts on Twitter and Gab featured a photo of the Prescott Republican with a red filter that is part of the meme movement known as “DarkMAGA”, an aesthetic that evokes a dystopian view of the world and pushes former President Donald Trump and other conservatives to be more violent and intransigent with their rhetoric.

“Remember when our government sent planes to Afghanistan and brought in over 100,000 Afghans in less than a week?” Gosar wrote. “We have up to 40 million illegal aliens in our country. They can be deported by plane, train and bus. We could easily deport 6 million every year.

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Many people who quote Gosar’s original tweet tweeted the hashtag #DarkMAGA and also highlighted and celebrated the number of 6 million, approximately the number of Jews killed during the Holocaust.

“6 million is possible in this story, unlike the other,” one user wrote, quoting Gosar’s tweet. Others quoted Gosar’s Twitter post and used anti-Semitic language popular language among neo-Nazis and white nationalists. On Gosar’s Gab post, similar comments were also seen.

“Do you want a Holocaust every year!!??” wrote a Gab user, posting an anti-Semitic photo.

Far-right extremists on Twitter praised US Representative Paul Gosar for his #DarkMAGA tweet and his apparent reference to the number of Jews murdered during the Holocaust. Screenshots via Twitter.

Many of those who shared the tweet and commented on Gab’s post expressed their excitement over Gosar’s open embrace of the new meme culture.

“#DarkMAGA is on its way,” exclaimed one user.

Many others also saw the tweet as a call to action and violence.

“A 9mm round is $0.49,” one user wrote on Gab, while one Twitter user wrote, “#DayOfThePlane,” a white supremacy book reference the Turner’s Diary in which white supremacist rebels take over California and engage in mass lynchings. The book inspired Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Rory McShane, political consultant for the Gosar campaign, said the number had nothing to do with the Holocaust. Rather, he said the number came from extrapolating the weekly number of Afghan refugees evacuated after the withdrawal of US troops from the country last year into a yearly total.

McShane said 115,000 people are being evacuated per week. Multiplied by 52 weeks, that would equal 5.98 million people. It is unclear where the figure of 115,000 came from, as media at the time noted that the United States was able to evacuate approximately 123,000 refugees in the immediate two weeks after withdrawal. McShane did not respond to follow-up questions about the numbers.

McShane said no one in Gosar’s senior executives knew about the #DarkMAGA meme or movement before the Arizona Mirror ask questions about social media posts. Shortly after speaking with the shimmera new version of the tweet without the 6 million photo or number was posted and previous posts have been deleted.

The #DarkMAGA movement has roots in neo-Nazi acceleration Meme culture and many memes related to it often express a desire for violence against perceived enemies. In many cases, they are accompanied by neo-Nazi images.

An example of #DarkMAGA from a popular Telegram channel.

“I didn’t know what DarkMAGA was until you brought it to my attention,” McShane told the shimmer. He said Gosar’s use of imagery was not an endorsement of the opinions of others who use his style: “The red sepia tone in the image had no implication.”

This isn’t the first time Gosar has posted, then deleted, a meme with images popular in neo-Nazi online culture.

Gosar crusher

Last year, Gosar tweeted a meme titled “#GosarGrindset,” which begins with a cartoon image of a man looking dismayed as a number of titles are displayed while the song “little dark age” by MGMT plays.

Before the song crescendos, a muscular cartoon with Gosar’s head superimposed appears in a doorway and a montage of Gosar plays before another image of the congressman’s head on a muscular man is shown while a rotating “America First” logo is shown around his head.

The meme follows a format that is popular among online neo-Nazis and white nationalists who take the same song and overlay it with images of Nazi Germany, as well as other images, the shimmer found.

A search for “Little Dark Age” on popular video sharing site BitChute found a number of similar videos that were posted long before the Gosar video that all follow the same theme.

A video depicts the same images of the same comic book man, also known as unhappy guywatching the headlines about migration, including language that evokes the conspiracy theory of “Great replacement.”

This idea, popular among white supremacists, holds that white Americans are replaced by immigrants, usually as part of an intentional conspiracy. It has been seized by extremist groups such as the American identity movement and Generation identity.

She also inspired violence. Fears of immigrants undermining his vision of a white, Christian Europe prompted Anders Behring Breivik’s murderous 2011 rampage at a summer camp for young Norwegians.

In the United States, the Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018 was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in US history. Just before it took place, the killer took to the right-wing social media site Gab to say he believed immigrants were being brought in to replace and “kill our people”.

The following year in New Zealand, a gunman killed 51 people and injured 40 after publishing a 74-page manifesto titled “The Great Replacement”.

Also in 2019, in El Paso, Texas, a shooter who killed 23 people at a Walmart cited the manifesto in one of his own, saying it was a response to “the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” “.

The “Doomer guy” video then shows footage of Germany during World War II and films depicting the ancient Romans, who were often targets of past Nazis and neo-Nazis. for appropriation.