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David Hogg: Self-Appointed Meme War General

I don’t think this is going to go the way he thinks it will.

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Gun control activist David Hogg has chosen to declare war against the alt-right on Twitter, asking for his supporters to “enlist” in the war alongside him.

What Hogg means by the “alt-right” is unknown. The term, which was originally popularized simply as an alternative to mainstream right-wing politics, generally with more economically nationalist positions, and a populist approach to messaging, has become an umbrella term for Trump supporters to the far-left.

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In reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Since the election of Donald Trump, the alt-right has radically shifted to the fringes of far-right, and occasionally far-left positions. Richard Spencer, who has taken up the mantle as a leader in the alt-right has openly endorsed socialism, and come out against free speech, positions that many in the originally popularized meaning of “alt-right” would strongly oppose.

Some of the first memes submitted to Hogg in the “meme war” against the alt-right show that this war isn’t just against the alt-right, but against anyone with right of center opinions.

But while a few of Hogg’s supporters launched some low-quality memes in response to his call, many on the right fired back with some dank memes of their own.

Hogg’s meme war against the right probably isn’t going to go the way he thinks it will. The right are experts at meme warfare, which many believe caused them to win the 2016 election for Donald Trump.

The left has trouble creating quality memes because memes have always been at least somewhat provocative. It is hard to be provocative when your entire base spends half their time whining about “trigger warnings” and “micro-aggressions.”

I’m sure the “veterans” of the 2016 meme war that election Donald Trump are looking forward to taking on General David Hogg of the “Tide Pod” division in this war.

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Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse

At this Time, Conservatives Cannot Afford to be Timid

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Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.

The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer,  posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail. 

In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”

This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.

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Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”

She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”

The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”

Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”

Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”

At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.

It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks. 

Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?

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