The “Fascism Forever Club” that the Daily Mail stated President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch founded in high school was actually a joke, according to fact-checking website Snopes.com.
A spokesman for the school told Snopes that such a club never operated there, and Snopes also quoted America, a Jesuit magazine, which stated that the seniors graduating from Gorsuch’s elite Catholic prep school had a habit of making up fake clubs as jokes. This one, the magazine’s source said, was Gorsuch’s way of poking fun back at liberal classmates who teased him about his conservatism.
The yearbook also showed him reading William F. Buckley’s 1959 book “Up from Liberalism.”
The yearbook described the young man who would become the SCOTUS pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia as, “our tireless President Gorsuch”; whose “‘Fascism Forever Club’ … happily jerked its knees against the increasingly ‘left-wing’ tendencies of the faculty.”
Orthodox Jewish activists hailed Gorsuch’s appointment for his willingness to allow expressions of religion even at the expense of lowering the wall separating church and state. Liberal Jews look at his opinions on these issues, as well as on those relating to women’s rights, labor and environment, with a mixture of concern and dismay.
American citizens and observers of its politics who are critical of President Donald Trump have voiced concerns since his election that he and his followers have authoritarian tendencies. This week, a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum poster listing the warning signs of fascism went viral on Twitter, attracting hundreds of thousands of likes and retweets.
Helen Chernikoff is the Forward’s News Editor. She came to the Forward from The Jewish Week, where she served as the first web director and created both a blog dedicated to disability issues and a food and wine website. Before that, she covered the housing, lodging and logistics industries for Reuters, where she could sit at her desk and watch her stories move the stock market. Helen has a Master’s of Public Administration from Columbia University and a BA in History and French from Amherst College. She is also a rabbinical school dropout. Contact her at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter at @thesimplechild.