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Donald Trump continues to kill it in the Anime/Nazi fanboy demographic

Not Pictured: Hitler
Not Pictured: Hitler

So at this point, we all know that a non-negligible portion of Donald Trump supporters are also fans of anime. And Hitler. Right?

Indeed, when Republican consultant Rick Wilson shocked his fellow guests on Chris Hayes’ MSNBC show by declaring flatly that a good portion of Trump’s followers are “childless single men who masturbate to anime” and have “a lot of Hitler iconography in their Twitter icons,” the real shock was that it took the mainstream media so long to notice this.

For the benefit of future historians, here’s my half-assed attempt to document the Trump/Anime/Hitler fan nexus, as it has manifested  itself on Twitter in recent days

In some cases, the Tweeters in question managed to convey their love of Trump, anime and Nazis all in the same tweet. In others, it took a couple of Tweets. See if you can determine the level of irony in each Tweet. I can’t.

Enjoy! If that is the right word for it. I have omitted some of the more overtly racist memes I ran across, as well as a few tweets that contained disturbing photos of concentration camps. I also censored one image that was mildly NSFW.

To see more of the, er, artistry of Trump’s terrible fans, see this post of mine documenting how they celebrated his New Hampshire primary victory with racist cartoons, anime memes, and Pepe the frog. 

Onward:

A trifecta! Trump, anime, and Nazis. all in the same Tweet!

https://twitter.com/TotalWar45/status/690321682964197376

All that and a rape joke:

https://twitter.com/TotalWar45/status/690328123565408256

Anime Trump, slightly censored:

dindutrump

Trump and Hitler!

https://twitter.com/DinduNuffink/status/697289173175308288

Anime Trump:

https://twitter.com/FashyNeko/status/698258061228552192

https://twitter.com/FashyNeko/status/698643969656299520

Guess who!

https://twitter.com/FashyNeko/status/698665272698208256

Anime Trump:

https://twitter.com/blamenipples/status/693875139503624192

Hitler and Daddy, in Viva Pinata I believe?

https://twitter.com/blamenipples/status/697619571877011461

Simultanious Trump, anime and Hitler.

https://twitter.com/LoweeCPU/status/688111395112529920

https://twitter.com/LoweeCPU/status/683407344609431553

https://twitter.com/LoweeCPU/status/691531170123751424

BONUS: This guy also hates Anita Sarkeestian. (And is an amazing artist.)

https://twitter.com/LoweeCPU/status/553716651523203072

Another trifecta! Trump plus anime, responding to a Tweeter calling themselves Hitler:

https://twitter.com/drrtytenyearhat/status/698613938091470848

Bonus scary right-wing stuff:

https://twitter.com/drrtytenyearhat/status/698339616210833408

https://twitter.com/drrtytenyearhat/status/698190453926047744

Trump and anime:

Uses #altright hashtag

Trump and anime:

https://twitter.com/genbarrison/status/697235750945955840

Anime, Trump and guns:

https://twitter.com/genbarrison/status/697239948378951680

Anime and Hitler:

https://twitter.com/genbarrison/status/689632465871310848

Bonus anti-Semitism:

https://twitter.com/genbarrison/status/691654090179362816

And this:

https://twitter.com/genbarrison/status/689692764011913216

What’s next for Trump’s most energetic meme-posters? Trump Valentine’s Day cards.

https://twitter.com/FashyNeko/status/697064972711391232

You have been warned.

 

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Jarnsaxa
Jarnsaxa
6 years ago

I wonder why this isn’t mentioned in history books the way everything else about Hitler is.

Well, he also killed 6 and a half million people in camps, which kinda overshadows any single thing he did to any individual, no matter how awful it was.

Film Runner
6 years ago

Weren’t some of the SS uniforms designed for looks to the point that their wearer’s couldn’t sit down without removing their trousers?

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
6 years ago

@Alan

But I’m not talking about what drove him, I’m talking about what he did. Something as simple as copy-pasting a paragraph or two from Wiki, stating the what without getting into the why, that’s all I want.

… I get way too overprotective of other child abuse victims, don’t I. =P

Alan Robertshaw
6 years ago

I get way too overprotective of other child abuse victims, don’t I. =P

I honestly don’t think that’s possible.

CriticalDragon1177
6 years ago

David Futrelle,

Do these racist, neo Nazi losers, realize that anime is made in Japan, a non white country? I wonder if any of them are aware of the fact that most anime characters, are not technically supposed to be white.

“Why Do Japanese Characters Look White?”
http://kotaku.com/5627268/why-do-japanese-characters-look-white

I wonder if they’d still be anime fans if they understood that.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
6 years ago

“Childless single men who masturbate to anime, indeed. I just don’t understand why you’d wank to bug-eyed caricatures of women instead of, y’know, porn. It’s not like it’s difficult to find or anything.”

Because porn is made of caricatures of women too. 99.99% of all pron, japanese or otherwise, is so caricatural and feel so wrong I could not masturbate to it if my life depended on it.

EJ (The Other One)
6 years ago

What WWTH said. A thousand times that. People just seem to be uncomfortable living in a world where the correct response to anything isn’t violent dominance.

the quai
the quai
6 years ago

Re: ‘Fashy neko’ = fascist catgirl

Technically, ‘neko’ is just ‘cat,’ though perhaps mainstream anime fans assume the catgirl thing is implied.

The yaoi fangirl contingent knows that ‘neko’ is also slang in Japan for a man who bottoms in a gay relationship.

Which, you know, makes that particular account pretty funny to me, even as I rage that these asshats are using my fandoms (seriously, Edward Elric would Not Stand for This Shit) to further a disgusting idiology.

Howard
Howard
6 years ago

@Ohlmann

I can definately see where you’re coming from. Still, there’s actual human beings involved, which makes getting aroused by it much, much more understandable to me than jacking it to cartoons.

guy
guy
6 years ago

People comment on the anime big eye thing a lot. Strictly speaking, it’s more the Disney big eye thing; the characteristic anime style is significantly inspired by early Disney movies (notably Snow White). You’ll see the same thing in modern Disney movies, including Frozen. The reason is actually visible in the first picture; imagine drawing Trump’s expression by hand. Now imagine doing that for ~25 minutes of runtime at 24 FPS. You have one week.

So by drawing a few relatively simple exaggerated facial features, it’s relatively easy to convey an emotion. Curve the top down a bit and you get anger. Switch to a dull color and you get despair or blankly emotionless.

As for the Nazi chic thing, I think it’s generally preferred in anime for villains that are generically Nazi-like. If you see it on a protagonist odds are it’s a German military protagonist. If you see the actual Nazi flag the character is specifically a Nazi and almost certainly the villain. Also, slight subtle point: in the US a red armband brings to mind the Nazi flag armband, in Japan school club presidents wear red armbands.

I’ve heard a little about it elsewhere in Asia. First, the Swastika is actually an Indian religious* symbol. The actual Aryans controlled parts of India for a while, you see. So its display obviously isn’t banned outright. Second, in WWII Nazi atrocities were mostly in Europe and Asia mostly saw Imperial Japan’s. Fewer gas chambers, more biological warfare. The doctors responsible turned over their results in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

My knowledge of racial issues in Japan is basically that official records say it’s 98% Japanese and also that everyone born in Japan is Japanese and there is no reason to provide a further breakdown because they are all one race. I gather that this is no more true than if the US said it.

But when it comes to anime and militarism/conquest, it’s generally not positive. There’s a presently ongoing series called GATE, which is the most pacifist military propaganda I have ever seen. It’s got a lot of showing off the JSDF’s weaponry but also just as many scenes of committed diplomatic efforts to reach a peaceful solution.

*Used by several of them

Falconer
6 years ago

Oh goddammit, every time I switch comment pages my browser shows me a glimpse of the top of it

and then all the damn images load in and push the comments out of sight

so I have to scroll past all those icky pictures again.

bluecat
bluecat
6 years ago

@ WWTH

Not at all teal deer. I’ve been through similar obstacle courses to get to the same conclusion – and I think there is a connection between that and the OP.

Even more so perhaps because in this country it’s been a while since we had the death penalty (even quietly dropped from being on the books for treason and arson in the royal dockyards, I believe) and the memory of some of the more flagrant miscarriages of justice have faded.

It’s even longer since we had public executions, but I’m pretty sure if we brought them back, some people would take their kids along and a picnic.

msexceptiontotherule
msexceptiontotherule
6 years ago

War is hell, and even when you win, you still lose.

Right now I wish there was a proxy to deliver a swift kick to Cruz’s behind on the behalf of all who are disgusted with his announcement that he’ll filibuster on anyone who Obama selects as a supreme court nominee – we remember how instrumental Cruz was to that government shut down not so very long ago, and this is just more of the same shit from that asshole.

And a sinkhole opening up underneath Trump would be nice…he has to go to Florida sometime, make it happen Florida!

katz
6 years ago

One reason this is an area that most reputable historians avoid is that the whole area of ‘what drove Hitler psychologically?’ is associated with crank pseudo science.

Lots of unqualified people have speculated endlessly, and luridly, about whether Hitler was a paedophile, a coprophiliac, a repressed homosexual, only had one testacle etc. There’s also that whole diagnosing mental states from a distance thing. As a result any serous research gets tainted by this.

We do know quite a bit about his medical history during his final years, but he surrounded himself with quack doctors, so again, any evidence from those sources must be treated with caution.

But the crank pseudoscience has fuck-all to do with his relationship with underage girls, which is a well-documented historical fact.

BTW, if anyone’s interested in this topic, Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman is a great novel on the subject.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
6 years ago

“I can definately see where you’re coming from. Still, there’s actual human beings involved, which makes getting aroused by it much, much more understandable to me than jacking it to cartoons.”

I am annoyed by the way you say it, which kind of make it look like it’s a bad thing. It’s not. It’s just another of the million forms of sexual arousal. Human imagination is infinite when it come to sex after all. And it allow representation of phantasm who aren’t realisable by real people.

Given what I know about the adult film industry, I personally would actually prefer regular porn to just disappear. That’s based on my heavy scepticism about porn influencing people, so I am concerned only by how it is done.

bluecat
bluecat
6 years ago

About Hitler the possible sexual abuser, Hitler managed his image extremely carefully, especially anything connected with his private life. Before he was in power he posed as an austere working man with no family connections (in spite of having his half-sister and her children living in as his housekeeper), and once in power ‘reworked’ and/or had destroyed a lot of the records connected to his family life.

Afterwards, of course, his surviving relatives didn’t particularly want to brag about the connection either. Plus his enemies may have embroidered matters (as if the facts weren’t bad enough). So there’s a certain amount of mystery there, even today and it’s not easy to find clean sources of information.

Even people relatively close to him and living in the Fuhrerbunker in the last days had no idea who Eva Braun was or what their connection between them was, for example.

Geli’s is a grim story.

The tale about the testicle may be based on fact, though. The record of his injury in the trenches came to light only a few years ago – he got a shrapnel wound to the groin in 1916, which got him the nickname “screamer” from his battalion mates (my, how we laughed!)

The injury is apparently confirmed in the doctor’s notes made when he was in prison in 1923, but the documents relating to his imprisonment are not published yet – due out this year.

Kat
Kat
6 years ago

@katz

WRT why we don’t hear much about Hitler being a pedophile: I assume it’s because most of the ink spilled about Hitler has been by military historians, who really only care about the marching-and-killing-people parts of the story. Or more generally, historians don’t care much about women’s history.

Although the details of Hitler’s personal life are difficult to determine, I agree with you.

In college, Isaac Deutscher’s famous book Stalin: A Political Biography was assigned in my political science class. I was dismayed that this 700-page volume had, IIRC, 10 pages devoted to his personal life, all in the same section. Yes, it is a political biography, but as a feminist I believe that the personal is political.

Paradoxical Intention
6 years ago

the quai | February 14, 2016 at 2:28 pm
The yaoi fangirl contingent knows that ‘neko’ is also slang in Japan for a man who bottoms in a gay relationship.

As a (kind of former) Yaoi fangirl, I was not aware of this.

Suddenly Loveless makes a whole lot more sense.

Witch
Witch
6 years ago

@CriticalDragon1177

Do these racist, neo Nazi losers, realize that anime is made in Japan, a non white country? I wonder if any of them are aware of the fact that most anime characters, are not technically supposed to be white.

Yes, they realise this. Japan is admired as an example of how European nations should be, racially homogeneous and able to enjoy a low crime rate, high average IQ and foster a strong national culture because of it.

Dexter Ward
Dexter Ward
6 years ago

Quai, Edward Elrich was a Nazi, in case you were unaware than individuals who work for the military under rule of a Fuhrer are nazis, no matter if they are infantry or alchemy.

Orion
Orion
6 years ago

Childless single men who masturbate to anime, indeed. I just don’t understand why you’d wank to bug-eyed caricatures of women instead of, y’know, porn. It’s not like it’s difficult to find or anything.

Some people masturbate to books. Words on paper look even less like real women than anime girls do.

There’s lots of reasons people go for animated porn. Many of those reasons are horrible, but one reason is actually ethics. I know people (women mostly) who watch anime porn because they have moral qualms about live porn.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

My knowledge of racial issues in Japan is basically that official records say it’s 98% Japanese and also that everyone born in Japan is Japanese and there is no reason to provide a further breakdown because they are all one race. I gather that this is no more true than if the US said it.

??? I’m not sure why you think that can’t be true. Japan is not a major immigration center like the US. For ~100 years, Japan wouldn’t even let non-Japanese onshore. They’ve never welcomed immigrants, or made it simple for immigrants to naturalize. The only other ethnic group on the islands is the Ainu, who have been resisting slow-motion genocide in a similar manner to the Native Americans in North America.

I find this claim completely plausible, personally.

guy
guy
6 years ago

What I mean is that I am aware of the Ainu. The breakdown counts them as Japanese. Via Wikipedia.

According to census statistics, 98.5% of the population of Japan are Japanese, with the remainder being foreign nationals residing in Japan.[2] However, these statistics measure citizenship, not ethnicity, with all domestic minorities such as the Ainu, Ryukyuans, Burakumin, Hafu, and naturalized immigrants being counted as simply “Japanese.”[3] The Japanese government refuses to collect data on the ethnic identities of its citizens, claiming that there are no issues of race relations among Japanese citizens as they are all of the same race.[4]

guy
guy
6 years ago

Basically the sum total of my knowledge is that the dominant ethnic group in Japan is the Yamato, there are others, there is some level of discrimination, and the government is conspicuously unwilling to discuss the subject. Which I generally take to be a bad sign rather than a good one.

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

Well, considering being against Hitler is transphobic, I would be careful when using him as a way to put people down. Sex reassignment surgeries began in 1930s Germany and Mendel’s discoveries in medicine were invaluable when it comes to that subject in particular. It’s very possible that without Hitler, we wouldn’t have a decent way to change a person’s sex, so dissing him is transphobic.

Not to mention that you’re also dissing job benefits, cafeterias at your workplace and paid vacations. So, who in their right mind would be against Hitler? Sure he killed a bunch of Jews, but if the Jew Netanyahu is to be trusted – which if you don’t what are you a Nazi – is because the Muslims told him. His original plan was to export them back to Israel, but Muslims were like “Oh, hell no. We don’t want them here, you have to kill them, m8. 360 noscope them and throw them in the gas chambers”

Let some liberal retard now act as if I meant that seriously. Or as if I used liberal as an insult in that sentence.

Fuck off, Nazi troll.

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