‘Always Blame the Jews for Everything’: How Daily Stormer Spreads Its Neo-Nazi Message

Michael Edison Hayden
‘Always Blame the Jews for Everything’: How Daily Stormer Spreads Its Neo-Nazi Message

Infamous neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer is still recovering from Roy Moore’s loss in the Alabama senate race on Tuesday, which they said would never happen. When they do recover, it’s reasonable to guess who they will blame for their disappointment—and it isn’t Donald Trump.

Daily Stormer, which has struggled to say online after promoting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that collapsed into chaos this August, blames Jewish people for nearly everything that goes wrong in the lives of their white, male readers. Now, according to a leaked style guide for the site that was first obtained by Huffington Post, we can safely say that blaming Jews for everything is no accident—it’s part of a deliberate political strategy.

“Prime Directive: Always Blame the Jews for Everything,” a headline in the guide reads, according to a sample published by Huffington Post.

“As Hitler says, people will become confused and disheartened if they feel there are multiple enemies,” the guide advises. “As such, all enemies should be combined into one enemy, which is the Jews.”

Site editor Andrew Anglin spends much of his life on earth railing against Jews, blaming the religious minority for a number of bizarre conspiracies that have little to no basis in reality.

"There's room for different viewpoints, but when it comes to the Jews this is non-negotiable,” Anglin said one on a white supremacist podcast about the alt-right's values. “You have to focus on the Jews as the primary enemy. ”

Partly as a result of this logic, which is embraced in the “alt-right” movement well beyond the online pages of Daily Stormer, anti-Semitic hate crimes are rising in America, according to Newsweek citing data published last month by the Anti-Defamation League, an international non-governmental organization focused on civil rights issues. For instance, the organization discovered 703 incidents of harassment that included 168 bomb threats against Jewish institutions from January 1 until September 30 of this year. Although these crimes can't be blamed entirely on the "alt-right" movement, it's growth likely played a factor, according to experts on civil rights issues.

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In part because of the Daily Stormer's links to hate crimes (mass murderer Dylann Roof was believed to be a regular commenter), the site has bounced across over a dozen domains, each time for promoting hate speech. Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer, a collaborator for the site, has explicitly praised terrorism as a political tool on his podcast, which is typically linked to it.

“I think Anders and McVeigh … are just perfect heroes and the best patriots of their respective nations in hundreds of years, so I cant really disavow [them],” Aurenheimer said on one episode of mass murderers Anders Breivik—who perpetrated the 2011 Norway attacks—and 1995 Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. 

This article was first written by Newsweek

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