‘Nazi Troll Army’ Declares Victory Over Journalists In Racist Rant

Racist trolls are taking credit for the National Review's change in comment platform

Illustration: Tara Jacoby
Aug 09, 2016 at 4:37 PM ET

A “Nazi Troll Army” is patting itself on the back for a “major victory” over the National Review after the publication announced last week that it will move its comment platform to Facebook.

An anonymous contributor at the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website started by renowned racist Andrew Anglin, published a blog post on Tuesday taking credit for the decisions of the “dark Jew and cuck forces of the National Review” to move from the comment platform Disqus to Facebook. The racist right is billing the shift as a “major win” for anti-Semitic social media trolls–even though the anonymous blogger recognizes that Facebook has stricter commenting rules, which will make it more difficult for the “Nazi Troll Army” to clog comment threads with their racist propaganda.

“Facebook is notorious for banning users who do not completely go along with the diabolical Jewish Marxist agenda,” the contributor wrote. “They’ve even banned Donald Trump supporters lol.”

The National Review, which made the announcement online on Friday, did not respond to Vocativ’s multiple requests for an explanation behind the change.

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As Vocativ has been reporting for months, this type of online harassment from the racist right reached a fever pitch after two well-known bigots, and unapologetic Donald Trump supporters—Anglin and Andrew Auern­heimer—targeted journalists like Julia Ioffe, who wrote a profile about the GOP nominee’s wife Melania Trump for GQ magazine. In a post on his Daily Stormer blog, Anglin—under the headline “Empress Melania Attacked by Filthy Russian Kike Julia Ioffe in GQ“—encouraged his readers to “please go ahead and send [Ioffe] a tweet and let her know what you think of her dirty kike trickery.”

The Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights advocacy group that tracks bigots like Anglin, said that Anglin essentially declared “war” on Jewish journalists. “You’ve all pro­voked us. You’ve been doing it for decades—and cen­turies even—and we’ve finally had enough. Chal­lenge has been accepted,” Anglin wrote.

The ADL has since formed a task force comprised of journalists, academics, and law enforcement officials to look at three things: assess the scope of the problem, determine whether this sort of harassment is affecting the electorate, and to come up with “solutions and/or countermeasures that can prevent journalists becoming targets” of online harassment.

“Journalists are used to being criticized, but this election cycle we repeatedly have seen criticism quickly cross the line into ugly anti-Semitic and other hateful attacks including death threats,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the ADL’s chief executive officer. “ADL has been monitoring, studying, and speaking out against anti-Semitism, racism, and other hate for years. We hope to bring our experience to this latest manifestation of it so we can take steps to address this challenge even as we strive to ensure that we do not jeopardize free speech and a free press.”