The fallout from the banning of Baked Alaska (real name Anthime Gionet, aka Tim Treadstone, and possibly a host of other names) from the Deploraball meetup on January 19 in Washington, D. C., continues to reverberate across the Internet.
To summarize what’s been going on in thousands of Tweets and several mainstream press articles, the alt-right is in disarray because of anti-racist cuckservative Trump supporters who have taken it over.
The way the press is writing the story, racist antisemite Baked Alaska butted heads with two other organizers of Deploraball, Mike Cernovich and Jeff Giesea, who oppose discussions of race and Jews.
Cernovich, who is married to some sort of dark brown female, is not only selling his Gorilla Mindset book on his Twitter, but is also pushing blue pills, the color of which I assume is symbolic.
Baked Alaska is an aspiring rapper, which is at least better than being a pill pusher, although from where I sit imitating blacks is not what white men should be doing:
“Whatever #AltRight was, it’s been taken over by white supremacists and I disavow it,” wrote the pro-Trump radio host Bill Mitchell on Twitter. “I’m #AmericaFirst where we can ALL be great again.”
Meanwhile, on the white supremacist website the Daily Stormer, editor Andrew Anglin wrote, “This act of Cernovich has caused a rift within the pro-Trump alliance, which I believe is a very good thing. People are choosing sides, mainly on the Jewish issue. To a lesser extent on the racial issue.”
It looks, on Twitter at least, like the fracturing of the pro-Trump internet in real time. But can the men behind a kinder, gentler DeploraBall survive the split? And can Giesea learn to live with the meme army he helped build, now that it’s peacetime?
Jeff Giesea is credited by buzzfeed with developing the Internet meme strategies that help push Donald Trump to victory. The role he played is being exaggerated in this article, as far as I’m concerned.
Once a libertarian and always a political theory buff, Giesea found himself late last year migrating to what he calls Trump’s “civic nationalism”: nationalism based on civic pride rather than ethnicity or religion.
“I see Trumpism as the only practical and moral path to save Western civilization from itself,” Giesea said.
So he got involved. He organized a meeting for gay people at the RNC. And he helped Mike Cernovich build MAGA3X, a grassroots, digital, pro-Trump organization. Together, they set up a network of pro-Trump internet influencers, including Jack Posobiec and Gionet.
The MAGA3X accounts were a water cannon of memes, Breitbart stories, WikiLeaks theories, pro-Trump YouTube videos, and cartoons about #Pizzagate, and they swelled to the tens of thousands, eventually gaining public praise from Gen. Michael Flynn, the national security adviser to be. To its efforts on Twitter and Facebook, MAGA3X added a series of flash mobs, many of which were organized by Gionet. They even built a meme generator to promote the meetups. If Giesea hadn’t quite conscripted a troll army, he had certainly done his part in winning the rhetorical war on the internet.
Then two unexpected things happened: Donald Trump won the presidency, and less than two weeks later, Richard Spencer — the much-covered poster boy for the new white nationalism and coiner of the term “alt-right” — gave a Nazi salute on stage at a conference in Washington, DC.
Spencer gave no such salute. A half dozen people, including Tila Tequila, gave the Roman salute, three of them Jews that Spencer invited to the meeting.
The fact checking in this article is deplorable.
It was the gesture heard round the pro-Trump internet, and it divided people into three rough camps: Those who approved of the sentiment and the action; those who approved of the sentiment but found the action counterproductive; and those who, for various reasons, wanted nothing to do with the sentiment or the action. Spencer’s salute also focused mainstream media attention closely on his white nationalist beliefs. Media, never good at covering leaderless online movements, suddenly had an alt-right leader, and a political platform to attach the label to.
Now, Cernovich and Giesea’s event has become a target of the most vocal part of the movement they helped to build. White nationalists like Anglin and Spencer have started to call them the “alt-light” — enemies of political correctness but hardly fellow race warriors. A legion of internet horribles has seized on Cernovich’s manner of speaking to taunt him. Anonymous Twitter accounts have suggested that attendees raise Nazi salutes at the event to sabotage it. A cartoon depicting Gionet stabbed in the back by a knife bearing a Star of David on the handle has spread widely. And Gionet, in a since-deleted series of tweets, lambasted the DeploraBall organizers and Giesea specifically. (Gionet declined BuzzFeed’s request to discuss the circumstances of his removal from the event.)
The cartoon showing Baked Alaska stabbed in the back:
By excluding the more explicitly racist and controversial figures in the Trump internet from the DeploraBall in favor of people like Roger Stone and Milo Yiannopoulos — who were well-known before the rise of the alt-right — Giesea and Cernovich have in some ways recapitulated the Trump transition, which immediately dropped its promise to drain the swamp and appointed a succession of Beltway insiders and billionaires to important posts. That leaves the newly cleaved polite portion of the Trump internet with a fundamental question: What, exactly, does it stand for, if not no-holds-barred meme war?
There’s also a Jew hiding in the woodpile that the buzzfeed story ignores. Loren Feldman is Cernovich’s filmaking partner.
This sample of Feldman’s Tweets reveals an urge to destroy the alt-right:
However this turns out, we can’t let our enemies be allowed to speak for out movement, mentally castrating it.
One final thought from Microchip, who is probably Baked Alaska: