PR can be a touchy issue for the alt-right. Some who’ve joined up with (or at least glommed onto) the euphemistically named movement have cried foul at the Nazi salutes at the recent National Policy Institute conference — on the grounds that they might cause some outsiders to think that their obsessively anti-Semitic, white supremacist movement had something to do with the Nazis.
Similarly, some worry that the alt-right’s embrace of the German term “lügenpresse” (lying press) might also draw Nazi comparisons, just because the term was really, really, really popular with, you know, the Literal Nazis.
As one self-described shitlord asked plaintively on Twitter yesterday:
After several minutes of exhaustive research on the subject, which consisted of looking through a couple hundred of the most recent Tweets using the word, I have concluded that the sort of people who like to use the word “lugenpresse,” well, let’s just say that it wouldn’t be too hard to detect a certain Nazi-ness about them, even if they never ever uttered this particular word in public.
I mean, seriously:
they're cucks You're a cuck We need to shift the Overton window. We won't by disavowing when the lugenpresse calls us nazis.
— Groping Groyper 🌲 (@HwyteMale) November 24, 2016
The #AltRight should never denounce its vanguard. We're doing well, don't let the cultural Marxist Lugenpresse black pill you now.
— GroyperFury (@Mundilfury) November 24, 2016
lugënpresse will always try to shekelate the narrative. Never surrender the narrative.
— Mitchell (@brabakr) November 25, 2016
Oh wait, I’m being told that “lügenpresse” has nothing whatsoever to do with the Nazis.
Oops! My bad.