They just don’t make white supremacists like they used to.
The nation was riled this week to see the alt-right so emboldened by Donald Trump’s victory that people at white supremacist conferences were doing the unthinkable. They were doing Nazi salutes. At a white supremacist conference, if you can believe that. Thousands were gathering…I’m sorry, I meant hundreds were gathering…no, that’s still wrong. 150 gathered for an annual neo-Nazi conference, with another 150 outside protesting. At the conference, the media got a snapshot of the sordid details of what goes on inside when one of the more famous members took a selfie of their salute and posted it on Twitter.
That was all the media needed to start the 24 hour clock on the new narrative. Donald Trump’s election had created the new neo-Nazi movement. You would think this event must have had a million people, because when tens of thousands of pro-lifers gather in DC every year the media is no where to be found. But no. 150.
So why all the buzz? Aside from the media narrative, who would even notice three neo-Nazis saluting Hitler? That’s the odd thing. The picture was tweeted by adult model and reality television star Tila Tequila.
Tila Tequila, born Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, is a bi-sexual Vietnamese American who emigrated to the United States after the Vietnam war. In addition to posing nude for several magazines, having sex tapes, and a VH1 reality show, Nguyen has (or had, I should say) a very active alt-right Twitter account supporting Trump. Of course, her presence makes this white supremacist outing slightly more diverse than the last meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus.
But she wasn’t the odd one in that photo. To complicate matters even more, Salon.com reports that the man standing on her right is Jewish. Saluting Hitler??
Apparently, he was there to investigate the movement and the picture was meant as a joke. I’m sure he wasn’t anticipating how much the media was starved for evidence that the Nazis were taking over the country because Trump was elected. And actually, it was a pretty good joke. In addition to riling the media up, it has riled the neo-Nazi whackos who cannot believe a Jew got in their clubhouse (language alert).
I’m not saying we shouldn’t be concerned about white supremacist groups. But maybe we can rest a little easier knowing that 150 of them (or I guess 148 plus a Vietnamese pornstar and a Jewish prankster) are not quite the Trump led neo-Nazi revolution the media has been reporting. They haven’t even quite figured out the “white European” part.