Breitbart’s Frog of War

David Cole

July 04, 2023

Source: BIgstock I was gon na do a piece about Covid’s origin, as it’s been in the news again and readers have asked me to resolve it, but I’m putting it off for a week.

Since the Pedro Gonzalez thing is stuck in my craw.

Disclaimer: I have no idea where my “craw” is, but if it’s where I presume, it’s a highly unpleasant location for an obstruction.

Recently doxxed a guy merely because he supports DeSantis. Pedro Gonzalez, politics editor at Chronicles and a previous Trump supporter who changed his loyalty, saw his private messages splashed all over the web in a hit piece authored by “Trump-über-alles” Breitbart editor Matt Boyle.

I’ll repeat that for readers who still believe the Trump camp maintains even the smallest shred of human decency: A conservative guy stated “I like DeSantis,” so outed his private messages as revenge.

Remember when a previous schoolmate of Parkland student Kyle Kashuv dripped personal messages in which he said the “N-word”? And remember how, as an outcome of that politically motivated hit, Kashuv’s Harvard admission was revoked!

.?. !? Well, if that angered you but the Breitbart thing doesn’t, you’re too far gone.

I would never call Matt Boyle a piece of shit. That would be an unforgivable insult to pieces of shit. Rather, he’s the worm that makes you take your canine to the vet when you see it in a piece of shit. He’s the thing that makes pieces of shit even worse than they already are.

“I would never ever call Matt Boyle a piece of shit. That would be an unforgivable insult to pieces of shit.”

Comprehend that there’s no depth to which the Trump camp will not sink. Yes, they will dox you for your political viewpoints. Next time you get a pitch from Breitbart for some idiotic paywalled “change the culture” film, know that your private info is not safe. If you’re caught being pro-DeSantis, your individual info may be dripped. Boyle straight-out informed “Seb” Gorka last week that all personal communications are level playing field. That includes yours.

Naturally, the Trumpers reading this today are shouting, “However his emails! Address Gonzalez’s e-mails!”

Yes, Gonzalez’s personal messages are unsightly. That doesn’t matter to me. They were private. We must all have the right to act imperfectly in our personal lives. Imperfectly and stupidly. If you were to tell me that you’ve never when stated something in personal that you are sorry for, I ‘d call you a phony. And I ‘d be right.

A guy like Matt Assboyle, who declares to be against “Orwellian dystopias,” is the strongest ally of said dystopias. He exposes the personal discussions of citizens to penalize them for displeasing him politically.

That’s pretty damn Orwellian.

However back to Gonzalez. The easy fact is, he got captured up in the Trump-cult “Groyper” thing, the Nick Fuentes idiocy of “helicopter flights” and “ironybro” Jew-baiting.

Gonzalez was grasped by the Groyper stupidity at the precise time it was being egged on by By Steve Bannon and Milo Yiannopoulos. Oh, you forgot that Milo “Kanye and Fuentes sieg heil” Yiannopoulos was a Breitbart editor? Breitbart was pushing the Groyper bullshit when Gonzalez ended up being enchanted by it.

I warned about this at the time. In column after column, I cautioned how the Groyper “naughty boy” things was ending up being a “secret handshake” among young Trumpists to show their based-ness. And I counseled that it would come to no excellent. That it might result in just two things: foolhardy youths, surpassed by enthusiasm and the intoxication of the moment, making ironybro posts that would forever haunt them, and extremism-prone youths growing beyond ironybro rhetoric into full-on Hitler worship and Holocaust denial.

I cautioned about this, openly and privately, and some of you, and you know who y’ are, were like, “Oh no, those Groypers are doing a good thing! We must support them.”

You were wrong. The Groyper/Fuentes mess was a cancer. It was tolerated, even commemorated, and now it discolorations individuals like Gonzalez– smart, worthy folks paying a hefty price for getting caught up in a mania that should’ve been killed in utero.

It’s the relentless curse of Trump. He took that which utilized to be sound judgment (“prohibited immigration is bad”) and made it wacky– through his roasts, his tweets, his “ill burns.” He made the normal unusual, as leftists did the opposite, skillfully making the irregular regular (trannyism, open borders, antiwhite race-hatred).

It can be argued that Trump’s wackiness was essential to jolt the 2016 GOP from Bushism Chamber of Commerce business-as-usual politics. Fine. But once he was elected, it needs to’ve been checked. Instead, Trump’s election only increased the animation frog madness and the encouragement of the animation frog madness.

You can justifiably blame a lot on bad guys like George Soros, however the cartoon frogs, the “helicopter rides,” the “cookie beasts” (Fuentes comparing murdered Jews to baked cookies), the “white ethnostate,” the 4chan “okay indication” giant (which individuals in the Trump White House intentionally did, and some of you resembled, “Oh how valuable! How NAUGHTY!”), is on you.

This cancer is on you.

Okay, what’s done is done. And we have to look at the right’s present reality, which is that a bunch of smart, good young people like Gonzalez got captured up in a mania motivated by those who need to’ve understood better.

How do we handle that?

Well, option No. 1 is that we torture them for the rest of their lives.

“Hooray! We’re sadists!!! We motivated you to embrace the insanity and now we’ll utilize it to obtain your eternal obligation to Trump!”

What heroes you are, Trump extortionists. Genuine inheritors of the Establishing Dads’ mantle. Where’s your tricorn? Go get your tricorn and stick it up your craw.

Choice No. 2 is to not be sadists and not torment young people who independently sent out memes throughout the Groyper period. Choice 2 includes salvaging lives, not damaging them.

So obviously a sleazebag freak like Matt Boyle (who makes Brian Peppers look handsome) will forever turn down that course of action.

Just a couple of weeks back, Jay Johnston– a talented comic– was arrested for his participation in January 6th (a.k.a. the Titan submersible that Trump utilized to send 2,000 of his most loyal followers to a watery grave). Just like Gonzalez, Johnston– a kind, decent male I tangentially knew (he was promoting a kittycat I almost adopted some years ago)– got caught up in the mania of a madman.

And I’ll wager your reaction to the Jay Johnston story is, “Well horn-dangit why are they still comin’ after a person who did a criminal trespass two and a half years ago? Can’t they simply let it go?”

So how do you feel about destroying Gonzalez’s life for memes he sent 4 years earlier?

The right needs to handle the wasting of resources that took place throughout the Trump years. Young people like Pedro Gonzalez drew into edgelord extremism because the grownups in the space, trying to compensate for their lost youth (I’m so taking a look at you, Malkin), were like, “Hey, this Pepe frog stuff is cool and I’m cool for liking it!” And significant talents like Johnston– a person with actual “edgy comedy” cred– sent out on a suicide objective by a maniac who saw his faithful followers and decided, “The best way I can use this resource is to make them ruin themselves for me and then I’ll raise money for myself off their unpleasant fate.”

I’m not discharging anyone of their options. Pedro Gonzalez is a grownup; he composed those personal messages with full autonomy. Jay Johnston is a grownup; Trump didn’t send him into the Capitol at gunpoint. But the right has to come to terms with the legacy of Trump’s insanity. The mania that turned what used to be a commonsense position (“Illegal migration is bad and even legal immigration must be based upon how candidates might improve the country”) into a circus of Stürmer animations, Capitol riots, and Holocaust rejection.

In my own unique position as somebody whose name is often mistakenly invoked to promote Holocaust rejection, I recognize my duty that things I said when I was 21 were said inartfully enough to enable misinterpretation. So acknowledging that duty, if I see someone going down the rejection course, I do not try to cancel them, I connect to them. Often effectively (I was able to talk Chuck Johnson below the denier ledge), often unsuccessfully (when I connected to Fuentes, he responded by blocking me on social networks), and sometimes to confusing effect (when I connected to Ron Unz, he stated, “I am not an animal, I’m a human being,” and I was like, “Okay, dude, however please keep that sack over your head since I just ate”).

I try to handle these situations humanely. You know the number of PMs I get from folks stating, “You taught me that the Holocaust was the HoloHOAX”? And rather of responding, “Ha! Now I’ll utilize your PM to get you fired,” which is the Matt Boyle technique, I attempt to talk to these men and describe why they’re wrong.

That’s not just the humane reaction, it’s likewise the one most likely to lower extremism. Due to the fact that if you destroy somebody for “incorrect ideas,” you’ll drive them much more strongly towards extremism, because you have actually removed their chance at a normal life.

But Team Trump and Breitbart have a different method. They utilize the mania they developed to strong-arm people, to require them to keep obligation to Trump otherwise.

You really desire these cocks back in the White Home?

From Pedro Gonzalez’s reaction to his doxxing:

Joking about taboos ends up being a signifier of subscription in a secret club while showing supposedly esoteric understanding indicates that one has actually risen from the cavern of “normie” conservatism. You’ve got away the Matrix. (However) monomaniacal malding over Jews or any group as the cumulative source of your frustration is a trap and an acidic mind virus. It is a mind virus, like the 1619 Job is a mind virus, and like any such disease, it will envelope your mind in midnight and consume your life and ruin your relationships if you let it.

In 2019 I warned about the “secret handshake” of Groyper lunacy. Pedro Gonzalez got caught up in it, and he has a clearheaded understanding of what he entered, why it was bad, and he regrets it. And that should be completion of it. He wants out; let him be out. He’s a smart person, a great person; torturing him even more is pure sadism.

But the Trumpers are sadists. They brought about this insanity, and now they’re extorting young adherents of the insanity they themselves wrought.

This stuff’s gon na get worse before it gets better.

Group Trump is informing you, “If you do not support us, we’ll dox you. We’ll damage you.”

You’re either alright with that or you’re not.

As a once-canceled person who climbed up out of the hole, lem me be clear: From this point on if you provide as much as one dollar to, you can go to hell.

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