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Trump Jr meets the Groypers

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>may you live in interadasting times


Donald Trump Jr. cut short his event at UCLA Sunday promoting his book, “Triggered,” when a group of far-right activists continually chanted “Q-and-A” and “America First,” driving him from the stage.

One day earlier, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, was asked a series of questions about Israel at a question-and-answer session at an Arizona State University event. After one attendee made an anti-Semitic reference to the 9/11 attacks, Crenshaw asked, “What do you guys call yourselves? There’s a name for your group, right?”

Crenshaw was met with a series of sarcastic answers before the group started chanting: “America First! America First!”

The group does have a name, and its adherents are part of a larger far-right, anti-Semitic and homophobic movement that is trying to emerge into the larger world.

The trolls pushing the movement online call themselves Groypers, a reference to the name of a meme — a running joke in the form of a customizable image — on extreme, far-right parts of anonymous internet forums 4chan and Reddit. There is little indication that the word has any other meaning outside of its relation to the meme, which is a drawing of a frog with its hands clasped that is similar to a drawing that gained popularity with internet trolls in recent years.

The group is led by a minor celebrity in the alt-right named Nick Fuentes, who runs a YouTube channel called “America First.”

Fuentes’ and his group have gained national attention for a series of identical stunts, in which they take over question-and-answer portions of events with conservatives who align with President Donald Trump. They then confront the speakers with anti-gay, anti-Semitic and racist questions, efforts that resemble internet trolling taken into the real world, which are then streamed online for its supporters.