A website for millennial supporters of Donald Trump that bore striking similarities to the Hitler Youth movement was no longer online Thursday morning, two days after the Forward broke the news of its existence.
Both the group’s name, “Trump Youth,” and its rhetoric evoked Hitler Youth, a wing of Germany’s Nazi party.
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,” said Jayme Louis Liardi, the self-identified leader of “Trump Youth.”
In white-nationalist lingo, “globalism” represents the “oppressive” economic elite, often associated with Jews, that is hurting the lower class, said Peter Montgomery an expert on right wing politics at People for the American Way.
Trump’s message, including attacking political correctness and using racist tropes to oppose immigration, is “emboldening” white nationalists like Liardi to state their views more publicly than before, Montgomery said.
“He clearly thinks that using Trump’s name will attract people who are interested in his extremists beliefs,” Montgomery said. “That’s the kind of thing that should make Trump supporters do a lot of soul searching.”
The site did not reference the Republican presidential nominee other than in its name.
It was not clear who removed the site or why.
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