Hillary Clinton has officially declared war on Pepe the Frog, a popular Internet meme.
The embattled candidate has dedicated an entire page on her campaign site about the cartoon frog she believes is “racist.”
“That cartoon frog is more sinister than you might realize,” declared HillaryClinton.com. “Pepe is a cartoon frog who began his internet life as an innocent meme enjoyed by teenagers and pop stars alike.”
“But in recent months, Pepe’s been almost entirely co-opted by the white supremacists who call themselves the ‘alt-right.’”
Additionally, the Hillary campaign linked Alex Jones and Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos to Pepe the Frog, implying they are also “white supremacists.”
Yiannopoulos in particular is a predominant commentator on the alt-right who’s often mislabeled as its leader.
“The press seems determined to label the alt-right this misogynist, hateful, racist, homophobic, anti-semitic movement, and yet at the same time tries to crown a gay jew who never shuts up about his black boyfriend as the leader of it – something isn’t quite right here,” he once said.
Here’s the reality: the alt-right isn’t a clearly defined movement, and it’s certainly not controlled by white nationalists.
If anything, the alt-right is a decentralized, spontaneous reaction against political correctness, social justice warriors, uncontrolled immigration, limitless government and third-wave feminism.
But it’s also the resulting backlash against traditional “cuckservatives” like the Bush family who’ve dominated GOP politics for the past several decades – until now.
Coming into prominence in 2015, the alt-right grew out of the youth-dominated underground of the Internet, such as 4chan where Internet memes such as Pepe the Frog are routinely used to troll the identity politics of the “divide and conquer” power elite.
But does that mean that skinhead racists – commonly referred to as 1488ers on 4chan – can’t hijack Pepe for their own anti-semite memes? Of course not, but that doesn’t mean they own Pepe just like I don’t own Mickey Mouse by drawing a cartoon of him doing hard drugs.
In response to Hillary’s attack on Pepe, reddit users pointed out her campaign logo looks like the Twin Towers getting hit by a plane on 9/11.
— Woll Street (@paulwoll) September 13, 2016
“In 72 hours Hillary has called 50% of Trump supporters ‘deplorables,’ had a f*cking seizure in public, announced she has pneumonia and attacked Pepe the Frog officially on her website,” reddit user Skippyilove pointed out. “This can’t be real life.”
But Pepe may finally stop Hillary’s political ambitions.
“Attacking a cartoon frog makes her look seriously delusional,” another reddit user sven855 said. “Worse still, she has openly proclaimed that she got trolled by the Internet.”
“A presidential candidate is getting trolled. Let that sink in.”