The Jury Talks Back

2/13/2017

FINALLY: Gateway Pundit Brings Pepe to the White House

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 7:00 pm

Jim Hoft brought his special combination of factual inaccuracy and overuse of exclamation points to the White House briefing room today. He and his White House correspondent went around taking selfies of themselves making the “OK” sign favored by Pepe the Frog, a symbol adopted by the alt-right. Here’s the Pepe the Frog thumbs up:

Pepe

And here is Gateway Pundit and his sidekick at the briefing room podium, with the White House placard behind them:

Gateway Pundit is Pepe

Just in case you were inclined to miss the point, and defend them by pointing out that everyone uses the OK sign, Hoft was kind enough to include a Pepe hashtag and green frog to represent Pepe. Here’s the icing on the cake:

Hoft Pepe Retweet

So, just because dishonest punks like Hoft will now post a bunch of images of people making an OK sign who have no intent to evoke Pepe with it . . . doesn’t mean that Hoft and his little sidekick there didn’t mean to evoke Pepe. Because they did.

If you somehow missed the fact that Pepe has been adopted by the alt-right and a lot of Neo-Nazis, browse through this Google image search a little and educate yourself. Here are some examples:

Pepe as Hitler

Pepe at Dachau

I, for one, am thrilled to see the symbols of the alt-right being brought openly into our White House, aren’t you?

[Cross-posted at RedState.]

13 Comments »

  1. Ding.

    Comment by Patterico — 2/13/2017 @ 7:05 pm

  2. This Nazi bigotry turns my stomach. I can’t believe how low this is. I’m still trying to pick my bottom jaw up off the floor.

    Comment by Tillman — 2/13/2017 @ 7:46 pm

  3. What is wrong with these people?

    Comment by DRJ — 2/13/2017 @ 8:26 pm

  4. I can’t believe it either.

    Comment by DRJ — 2/13/2017 @ 8:27 pm

  5. Instapundit says the “hapless clowns” at Media Matters are treating the OK sign as a hate symbol.

    No attention is paid to Hoft’s specific citations of and references to Pepe in connection with that sign.

    I guess I’m a “hapless clown” to him now too.

    I feel lonelier every day.

    Comment by Patterico — 2/13/2017 @ 9:10 pm

  6. All his commenters agree. Hahaha I guess Buckwheat is a racist too! they say.

    Comment by Patterico — 2/13/2017 @ 9:11 pm

  7. Cartoon frogs aren’t high on my list of things to be aware of, so I’m honestly asking; just because SOME people use it for Nazi stuff, is it common? I mean, that google link specifies Nazi. If I make a google image link with a slightly different term, you get this.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=hillary+nazi&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi5r7-d4o7SAhVpilQKHe9tCzEQ_AUICSgC&biw=1749&bih=996
    (Sorry, I don’t know how to make make a link other than pasting in a url).
    Hillary Clinton as a nazi. That’s actually quite appropriate, because apparently the whole frog-as-white-supremacist claim originated with the Hillary campaign. Their claim was based on two pranksters who duped a journalist.
    http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/14/heres-how-two-twitter-pranksters-convinced-the-world-that-pepe-the-frog-meme-is-just-a-front-for-white-nationalism/

    Seems to me that the whole white supremacist aspect is all smoke, no fire. However, even so, we’re still left with two people aping a cartoon character in the white house, which is hardly to anyone’s credit.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 2/13/2017 @ 9:44 pm

  8. No, Hillary did not make that up. There are white supremacists all over Twitter who use it. If Ben Shapiro retweets me, they swarm.

    Comment by Patterico — 2/13/2017 @ 9:48 pm

  9. There is probably a term for making up a story that resembles a true accusation that you want to discredit, and then discrediting the phony story, as a propaganda device. Someone did that for Anthony’s Weiner with a pair of fake underage girls in 2011. This sounds like that.

    Take it from someone who saw the white nationalists on Twitter during the campaign: they used the frog as one of their images. This is not even a close call. It’s amazing to me that someone can write a widely-cited article denying it.

    Comment by Patterico — 2/13/2017 @ 9:56 pm

  10. I’ll take your word for it, Patterico, and thus I retract what I said above.

    However, while I accept your contention that white nationalists use that frog now, I have to wonder; did they before the pranksters, or did they just adopt it after?

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 2/13/2017 @ 10:08 pm

  11. > I, for one, am thrilled to see the symbols of the alt-right being brought openly into our White House, aren’t you?

    A significant portion of Trump’s supporters would prefer the symbols of the alt-right to the symbols of the left.

    Comment by aphrael — 2/14/2017 @ 8:19 am

  12. The whole Pepe thing has become a hash of real white nationalists and those alt-right people that using the Pepe/Nazi thing as satire of being called Nazis. Like the Deplorable meme.

    Its such a hash that its probably impossible to distinguish them from each other now.

    Add in my distaste for Jim Hoft’s past behavior stabbing people in the back how had his back during his illness and its actually difficult for me to bother figuring out where he is in that spectrum.

    Comment by SPQR — 2/14/2017 @ 3:59 pm

  13. I feel lonelier every day. – Patterico

    I remember arguing on your blog, years ago, for us not to invade Iraq. Even Democrats gave in to the pitch, so there weren’t many on my side either at the time. Not being for the war was almost treasonous back then, or at least many people wanted me to feel that way. So I’ve been down that road and it is rough.

    But thanks for standing up for what’s right and having a stiff upper lip Patterico. You’ll be vindicated in the end.

    Comment by Tillman — 2/14/2017 @ 7:54 pm

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