Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The Conservative Political Action Conference is the premier gathering of right-wing activists and politicians in America every year, and it serves as a bellwether for the direction of the conservative movement. This year Nazis showed up. This is a critical frog-in-boiling-water moment for the right: The mainstream organs of American conservatism are apparently acclimating to Nazis in their pot. That this group was able to mingle with participants at a high-profile conference, wasn't kicked out of CPAC, and wasn't appropriately condemned is a sign of how contiguous mainstream conservatism has become with white supremacist politics today.

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According to an NBC News report, "a group of Nazis who openly identified as national socialists mingled with mainstream conservative personalities, including some from Turning Point USA, and discussed race science' and antisemitic conspiracy theories." (Hitler's Nazi Party was officially called the "National Socialist German Workers' Party.") The reporter of the article has video of one of them giving a "heil Hitler"-style salute in the lobby of the hotel where the conference took place and of other members of the group reportedly used the N-word.

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More: CPAC's statements in response to NBC's reporting has not been comforting. CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp said on X that "NBC's claim that there was a Nazi presence at CPAC 2024 is false, misleading, and grossly manipulative" and added, "When we come across someone at CPAC peddling any kind of anti-semitism, we deal with them immediately." But the statement does not respond to any of the specific details in NBC News' report, it doesn't acknowledge or attempt to rebut photo and video evidence of these individuals and their behavior, and these individuals were not kicked out, according to the reporter. (Notably the statement also says multiple times that CPAC is supportive of Israel, as if support for Israel is synonymous with opposing antisemitism or any other kind of bigotry. It's not; in fact, the conflation of the two can rely on antisemitic tropes.) Another more recent CPAC statement also refuses to acknowledge what happened by calling it "fake news" and implies that Democrats are the real Nazis.

#1 | Posted by qcp at 2024-02-27 09:18 AM | Reply

It all fits.
I remember the stage in Florida being shaped like the Othala rune, and that was 2-3 years ago.

What a toxic stew.

#2 | Posted by YAV at 2024-02-27 09:36 AM | Reply

"The mainstream organs of American conservatism are apparently acclimating to Nazis in their pot."

Congratulations, Republicans!
You Built That.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-02-27 10:04 AM | Reply

Republicants are hoping Nazis will scare normal people. Look up what happened in Oceanside in the '80s. Only this time we won't hold back.

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-03-01 12:41 AM | Reply

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