ADL Declares ‘Pepe the Frog’ as Official Hate Symbol

I feel safer already! Glad to see the Jewish Establishment tackling the issues that really matter.

I am sure the Israeli flag is a hate symbol to opponents of the Jewish state and the Cross is a symbol of hate to those who feel oppressed by Christianity.

According to the Bible, those who love God must hate evil. There’s nothing wrong with hate when properly directed.

Forward: The Anti Defamation League (ADL) has added “Pepe the Frog” to its database of online hate symbols. The cartoon frog is a popular meme among “alt-right” Twitter trolls and white supremacists.

Pepe the Frog was originally created in 2005 without any anti-Semitic or racist overtones. At the time, it was simply a meme of a sad frog.

But more recently the frog has been portrayed with a Hitler-like mustache, wearing a yarmulke or a Ku Klux Klan hood.

Pepe has also been used in hateful messages targeted at Jewish and other users on Twitter, according to the ADL.

“Once again, racists and haters have taken a popular Internet meme and twisted it for their own purposes of spreading bigotry and harassing users,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the ADL’s CEO.

“These anti-Semites have no shame. They are abusing the image of a cartoon character, one that might at first seem appealing, to harass and spread hatred on social media.”

Earlier this month, Trump’s son posted a movie poster parody of himself heroically grouped with Pepe and others deemed “The Deplorables” on Instagram.

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BY THE NUMBERS: The Twittersphere of the Trolls

From the Jewish newspaper Forward:

“Your clothes will be removed & fumigated. You will be held down and given a bath!,” a Twitter troll tweeted at a Huffington Post journalist, complete with a picture of herself in a gas chamber.

What sounds like an extreme example, is only one of the many attacks on Jews and Jewish journalsits by the “alt-right” during the last months.

So do Jews ever tweet mean things about gentiles? Asking for a friend. Is the hate only in one direction?

Through statements and policy proposals tinged with racism — such as advocating a ban on Muslims entering the
country, and saying many Mexican immigrants are drug dealers and rapists — Trump has become a favorite of white nationalist groups and provided an unprecedented platform for their views.

“It’s pretty substantial, what’s out there,” said Todd Gutnick, a spokesman for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which in June created a task force to document attacks on journalists, and analyze the size of the “alt-right” movement.

How many journalists have been murdered by the Alt-Right in the past year? Or are “attacks” simply mean words? So because journalists no longer have a monopoly on attacking people publicly, this is a major crisis?

The ADL is planning to release a detailed report on their findings in October.

In the meantime, we have collected some numbers that showcase the scope of “alt-right” activity on social media, including Twitter trolls.

250,000 anti-Semitic posts are made public across social media platforms every year

The United Nations reported during a recent conference that deals with digital anti-Semitism.

And how many anti-Gentile tweets are made each week? Or is anti-Gentilism not even a thing? Who cares about the goyim? They have it coming?

63 percent of all anti-Semitic tweets are calls for violence against Jews

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, said this during the same UN conference.

So different groups have different interests and many members of groups are willing to fight for their group interest? That’s truly shocking, and exactly what Jews (and every other people) had to do to create their own country. Politics is serious because people get killed in these conflicts of interests.

Stephen Pollard, the editor of the Jewish Chronicle, receives 20-30 anti-Semitic Twitter messages per day

“And that’s after I have blocked over 300 different tweeters – a number that increases every day,” he wrote at the end of July.

Well, if he can’t take it, maybe he should sell insurance?

The Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism (GFCA) tracked 2,000 anti-Semitic posts on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube over a period of 10 months. During that time, only 20 percent were removed by the social media sites.

The report for the Israeli Government led forum was produced by the Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI) in Australia and published in the report “Report on Measuring the Hate The State of Antisemitism in Social Media” in February. “This demonstrates a significant gap between what the community understand to be antisemitic, […] and what social media platforms are currently willing to remove,” they wrote regarding the the fact that 80 percent of all anti-semitic posts they reported remained online.

How many anti-gentile posts were made and what percentage were removed?

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Washington Post: Trump stumbles into Clinton’s trap by feuding with Latina beauty queen

Accused accomplice to murder who threatened to kill a judge is Hillary most cunning move! Wow, just wow.

Washington Post: It might be Hillary Clinton’s most cunning move since the start of the general election. The Democratic nominee set a trap for Donald Trump in the final minutes of the first debate, and he walked right into it.

The GOP nominee’s decision to take the bait and rehash his past attacks of a former Miss Universe for gaining too much weight is now dominating the conversation. And the controversy is helping the Clinton campaign galvanize Latinos and prevent undecided women from moving toward Trump.

Even as Trump proclaimed victory in New York, he allowed during a Fox News interview yesterday that he let himself get a little too irritated “at the end, maybe” when Clinton brought up Alicia Machado. Machado alleges that Trump called her names such as “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” when she gained weight after winning the Miss Universe crown in 1996.

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WP: This New York Times ‘Hitler’ book review sure reads like a thinly veiled Trump comparison

If Donald Trump is Hitler, then Hitler wasn’t such a bad guy.

Aaron Blake writes for the Washington Post: In the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani reviewed a new book about Adolf Hitler, titled “Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939.”

To many observers, though, it read like a bit more than a book review. It read like a comparison between Hitler and Donald Trump.

It’s true that the review didn’t name Trump — or even allude to the 2016 U.S. presidential race. But it came across to more than a few readers as an intentional, point-by-point comparison of Hitler’s rise and Trump’s.

And it’s not hard to see why. From the headline — “In ‘Hitler,’ an Ascent From ‘Dunderhead’ to Demagogue” — to the conclusion 1,300 words later, nearly everything Kakutani says about Volker Ullrich’s book reflects long-standing warnings by some about how Trump shouldn’t be dismissed as some sideshow and that history shows where this can lead.

In response to an inquiry from The Fix, Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades Ha said, “The review speaks for itself.”

Below is what Kakutani wrote (in italics) and the parallels being drawn to Trump.

Some have focused on the social and political conditions in post-World War I Germany, which Hitler expertly exploited — bitterness over the harsh terms of the Treaty of Versailles and a yearning for a return to German greatness; unemployment and economic distress amid the worldwide Depression of the early 1930s; and longstanding ethnic prejudices and fears of “foreignization.”

Trump’s appeal has largely been attributed to continued economic stagnation and frustration, particularly among working-class whites. His slogan is “Make America Great Again.” He has also campaigned against immigration and foreign agreements like free-trade pacts, and even questioned the fairness of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Mr. Ullrich, like other biographers, provides vivid insight into some factors that helped turn a “Munich rabble-rouser” — regarded by many as a self-obsessed “clown” with a strangely “scattershot, impulsive style” — into “the lord and master of the German Reich.”

Democrats often complain that the press dismisses Trump as something of a narcissistic oaf or a clown who is beholden to his own campaigning whims.

His manic speeches and penchant for taking all-or-nothing risks raised questions about his capacity for self-control, even his sanity. But Mr. Ullrich underscores Hitler’s shrewdness as a politician — with a “keen eye for the strengths and weaknesses of other people” and an ability to “instantaneously analyze and exploit situations.”

Trump’s inability to “pivot” and turn himself into a more “presidential” candidate has long contrasted with theories of him actually being a secret political genius, doing things the media hasn’t picked up on, and constantly over-performing expectations.

Hitler was known, among colleagues, for a “bottomless mendacity” that would later be magnified by a slick propaganda machine that used the latest technology (radio, gramophone records, film) to spread his message.

Trump is often credited with exploiting the media — as well as social media — to get his message out. He largely eschews the conventional approach of relying heavily on TV advertising.

A former finance minister wrote that Hitler “was so thoroughly untruthful that he could no longer recognize the difference between lies and truth” and editors of one edition of “Mein Kampf” described it as a “swamp of lies, distortions, innuendoes, half-truths and real facts.”

Trump’s tendency to make up facts, spew utter distortions and rely on innuendo has put the media in a position of deciding whether to outright say that he is “lying.” At the root of that debate is the question of whether he knows what he’s saying is false.

He peppered his speeches with coarse phrases and put-downs of hecklers. Even as he fomented chaos by playing to crowds’ fears and resentments, he offered himself as the visionary leader who could restore law and order.

This is Trump, Trump and Trump. His clashes with hecklers and his tendency to talk about roughing up protesters were both features of the GOP primary campaign. And “law and order” has become a secondary campaign slogan of late.

Hitler increasingly presented himself in messianic terms, promising “to lead Germany to a new era of national greatness,” though he was typically vague about his actual plans.

Again: “Make America Great Again.” And Trump has been nothing if not vague about his plans. The media regularly reinforces the fact that his policy prescriptions are completely malleable and subject to change on a moment’s notice — if not within the same breath.

The unwillingness of Germany’s political parties to compromise had contributed to a perception of government dysfunction, Mr. Ullrich suggests, and the belief of Hitler supporters that the country needed “a man of iron” who could shake things up. “Why not give the National Socialists a chance?” a prominent banker said of the Nazis. “They seem pretty gutsy to me.”

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Female Politician Cries Over Mean Words

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