The Anti-Defamation league has ironically published a list defaming and lumping together 36 people, all with unique views and opinions, as being “alt-right” or “alt-light” in an attempt to squash right-wing voices.
The report, titled “From Alt Right to Alt Lite: Naming the Hate,” is listed under the organization’s tab for “Anti-Semitism in the US,” but includes several people who are themselves Jewish — including Gateway Pundit’s White House Correspondent Lucian Wintrich.
“In just one year, the alt right has gone from relative obscurity to being one of the United States’ most visible extremist movements. This stratospheric rise is due in large part to the rhetoric employed during the 2016 presidential campaign, which granted implicit approval to the once-taboo hallmarks of the far right – overt racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, misogyny, and anti-Muslim bigotry,” the ADL reported.
One of those listed by the ADL as alt-right was former Libertarian candidate for the Florida Senate, Augustus Invictus. Though they quoted him as saying specifically that he is not a member of the alt-right, he was labeled as such anyways, simply for saying that he stands with them on the issue of free speech.
“I am honored to have made the world’s most prestigious blacklist. In all seriousness, though, anyone who takes the ADL seriously after this is mentally retarded,” Invictus told Big League.
While multiple people included on the list do in fact promote white supremacy — many others lumped in with them do not. The ADL specifically wrote that those listed as “alt-lite” reject the idea of white supremacy — the ADL still opted to “name” them in their “hate” list because of their rejection of political correctness.
“You can’t discuss the alt right without mentioning the “alt lite,” a loosely connected movement of right-wing activists who reject the overtly white supremacist ideology of the alt right, but whose hateful impact is more significant than their ‘lite’ name suggests. The alt lite embraces misogyny and xenophobia, and abhors ‘political correctness’ and the left,” the ADL report continued.
Included under the alt-lite category was Gavin McInnes, political commentator, comedian, and founder of the Proud Boys. He told Big League Politics that he believes the ADL is extorting and taking advantage of old Jewish donors who are still scarred by the Holocaust.
“The ADL pretends they’re about the defamation of Jews. They take advantage of old Jewish donors with cultural PTSD by scaring them into thinking Nazis are around the corner. Then they defame conservatives by calling them Nazis,” McInnes told Big League. “I believe it’s an Obama PR scam that does the exact opposite of what it says it does (the guy who runs it is an Obama advisor who resents us MAGA types). They extort Jews and defame innocent people.”
Kyle Prescott of the Proud Boys was also included on the list under the “alt-light” category, and expressed his displeasure about being lumped in with those he believes hold white supremacist ideologies.
“I think it’s hilarious that my name appears on a list of white supremacists which includes Matthew Heimbach, who a college campus activism group actively disavowed. He was booted from the group after trying to co-opt its message into a white supremacist one,” Prescott told Big League. “Also I find the ADL extremely lazy for simply taking the list of speakers from a peace rally and spinning it into a hit piece,” he added, referencing two dueling rallies between the alt-right and alt-light in DC last month.
Prescott added that “the ADL has reached SPLC levels of Liberal insanity and I encourage everyone to take the article with a grain of salt.”
Popular author and journalist Mike Cernovich, who is named in the alt-lite portion of the list, asserted in no uncertain terms that he believes that the ADL is trying to get him and his family murdered by publishing their smear piece.
Speaking to his followers on Periscope, Cernovich stated that the ADL is “inciting terrorism against me and my family and everyone else they happen to not agree with.”
“The ADL has targeted me and my family for murder and assassination. Today they released a hate list, identifying me as some type of purveyor of hate or something like that,” he added that after the attempted murder of Steve Scalise “there is no question about what they are trying to do.”
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) July 18, 2017
Cernovich also urged his followers to use the hashtag #ADLTerror, for putting him and 35 others on what he called a “target list” and inciting death threats against those they disagree with.
NY Times endorses terrorism against my family. pic.twitter.com/8DjmO2LlYT
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) July 19, 2017
— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) July 18, 2017
— American So Woke (@AmericanSoWoke) July 18, 2017
“The ADL, led by a childish Barack Obama staffer, is acting like a group that makes lists of undesirables and targets them for hate. Their lies and smear about me, and their threats against my family will not make us stop exposing the evils of the Left and fighting to take back our country,” author Jack Posobiec, who is also named on the alt-lite list, told Big League Politics.
It isn’t just those who care about free speech that are being targeted by the organization, they also go after cartoon frogs.
During the election season, the ADL also declared Pepe, an anthropomorphic frog, a hate symbol.
Pepe is a popular meme that originated on 4chan message boards, along with many other popular memes from Doge to Scumbag Steve. It was widely used across party lines by those who enjoy internet culture — but was also used by the alt-right.
“The majority of uses of Pepe the Frog have been, and continue to be, non-bigoted. However, it was inevitable that, as the meme proliferated in on-line venues such as 4chan, 8chan, and Reddit, which have many users who delight in creating racist memes and imagery, a subset of Pepe memes would come into existence that centered on racist, anti-Semitic or other bigoted themes,” the ADL wrote of the frog.
The ADL makes their money by promoting fear — but perhaps they should stick to attacking memes instead of placing actual humans at risk simply for supporting the freedom of speech.