A group for millennials supporting Republican nominee Donald Trump bears striking similarities to another youth movement — Hitler Youth.
Both the group’s name, “Trump Youth,” and its rhetoric evokes the Hitler Youth, a wing of Germany’s Nazi party.
In a video posted to the “Trump Youth” website, the group’s blond leader speaks of having to fight a worldwide “parasite” enemy, which he later identifies as “globalists.” Nazi propaganda likened Jews to parasites and condemned them for their perceived lack of loyalty to their “host” countries.
“Our nations have been commandeered by an international criminal cartel and this parasite is feeding on our energy. It’s in Japan, it’s in China, it’s in Germany, it’s in America — now, if we don’t throw this parasite off our backs, the world will fall into chaos,” group leader Jayme Liardi said in the video message.
Liardi’s videos also have a jumpy, rambling quality: He also criticizes “fluoride in the water” and “GMOs.” But one of his video has had 20,000 views.
“There will be no peace, if they are successful, if the globalists are successful, if this new world order comes to place,” Liardi said. “It’s up to us, the millennials, the children of tomorrow, to become the hero generation and to save the world.”
The “Trump Youth” website encourages prospective members to include their ethnicity in their applications in addition to other things, such as their biggest accomplishments and how many members they can refer.
The site does not reference the Republican presidential nominee other than in its name.
On his personal website, Liardi implies Hitler and Nazism have been unfairly portrayed through history.
“I wanted to understand the mind of the supposed most evil man in history,” Liardi wrote. “And yes, I read Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’. I quickly realized that I was not being given all of the facts — that what passes for history is merely rehashed propaganda from the war.”
Liardi also seems to draw a link between Jewish and globalist interests, referring to the government supporting globalism as “kosher.”
“If you have no identity, one will be installed into you by the kosher forces of The State. Make no mistake, they may say that they are for ‘multiculturalism’ ‘diversity’ and ‘equality’ but their actions would say otherwise. This is the ideology that brought us colonialism, slavery and the chain stores of suburbia. This is our current world—the world of Globalism,” Liardi wrote.
Several prominent Trump supporters have neo-Nazi, white supremacist or anti-Semitic leanings.
The chairman of the American Nazi party recently said a Trump presidency would be “a real opportunity for people like white nationalists.” Former Ku Klux Klan leader and Holocaust denier David Duke has also endorsed Trump, portraying himself as the real estate mogul’s ideal running mate.
This story "Hitler Youth-Type Group Emerges in Era of Trump" was written by Josefin Dolsten.
Josefin Dolsten is a former news fellow at the Forward, writing about politics and culture, and editing the Sisterhood blog. She received an MA in Jewish Studies and Comparative Religion from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in Government from Cornell University. Follow her on Twitter at @josefindolsten.