Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is looking into dissolving a hate group known as Identitäre Bewegung Österreichs (Identitarian Movement of Austria, or AIM) after authorities discovered that the man who carried out the recent massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, had donated $1,690 to their organization -- an unusually large amount compared to their other donations. As you probably know by now, "Identitarian" is the newfangled word all the white supremacists are using these days in order to distance themselves from the term "white supremacist."

The leader of the AIM is Martin Sellner, who has attracted attention in the States as well, notably being featured in an extremely unfortunate CNN article, back in 2016, of the "Look at this handsome, clean cut Nazi!" variety.

Sure, he's a white supremacist -- but have you noticed that he wears hipster glasses?

Authorities raided Sellner's house after the connection was discovered, confiscating electronic devices that might provide further links and communications with the shooter.

Sellner claims in YouTube videos that his only connection to the shooter was having "passively received" a donation from him back in 2018, and that the large amount was possibly even due to the shooter actually wanting to oppress "patriots" like himself.

This could be a plausible argument if the movement were entirely unrelated to the shooter's motives -- for instance, if he had donated to an animal shelter, no one could reasonably say that the animal shelter ought to be closed down or investigated. However, being that AIM is a notoriously Islamophobic organization, the shooter's target was a mosque, and his manifesto was filled with statements closely resembling the rhetoric of the IBO and other "Generation Identity" movements, it's reasonable to look into the extent of their relationship -- as well as the likelihood that their rhetoric could inspire further attacks.

It is also known that the shooter traveled to Austria and other places in Europe in late 2018, and authorities are investigating whether or not he met up with any fellow "identitarians" while he was there.

Since Sellner isn't quite as well known as some of his counterparts, it's worth giving a quick rundown on who he even is. He's been active in far-right circles since at least 2008, when he was a part of the Austrian neo-Nazi movement, which he claims to no longer be into (though mostly for PR reasons). Like many other white supremacist types, he came to prominence in 2016, around the time Donald Trump started to make fascism great again. Though he claims he and his group are non-violent, he is banned from carrying weapons in his home country due to his fondness for pepper-spraying liberal protesters.

He also claims his organization is not racist, often in the same breath that he says extremely racist (and completely batshit) things:

"My generation was never asked if we want this mass immigration, this Islamization and population replacement in this country," he explains over several cups of Viennese coffee. "We were born into a society that believes we are racist for simply saying that we are becoming a minority in our own country."

In a series of posts on YouTube, Sellner suggests white Christians are on the verge of "extinction," increasingly marginalized by growing numbers of migrants in what he calls the "Great Replacement."

"My biggest fear is that at some point demographics could kill democracy," he says, "that our society by mass immigration becomes such an ethnically fragmented society that a real democracy is not possible anymore because there is no common ground of values, history and identity."

Man, it sure is unfair of people to call someone a racist just because they say obviously racist things!

Sellner is currently engaged to American alt-right figure Brittany Pettibone -- who first made a name for herself back in 2016 spreading the ridiculous Pizzagate conspiracy theory.

The pair previously made headlines after being barred from entering the UK, along with their good friend Lauren Southern, for being gross anti-Muslim bigots.

Like Sellner, Pettibone also denies being a white supremacist or racist, despite regularly hanging around avowed white supremacists like Lauren Southern and saying things like this:

This is why civic nationalism isn't working and won't work, because of this. So it's based on the idea that as long as you have the same ideology and you love America and you believe in equality then it's gonna work. You know, all the bases of civic nationalism. But the left has made it where or, I don't even know what to call them anymore, these people have made it so we're not equal anymore because of the identity politics. You know, it's like a white straight guy can't even talk. His opinion's worthless. Do you understand what I'm trying to say, like why that would not then work? Because there's such an unequal balance throughout our country now of different groups. If you're an oppressed minority then you're automatically treated way better and so it can't work because of that. It's too divided now and so that's why I don't say I'm a civic nationalist because I don't think it can work.

Ah yes, she is being forced to be a white nationalist by liberals who are not nice enough to white dudes and too nice to minorities. Makes sense!

Here in America, we're never going to start going around "dissolving" groups of people, no matter how terrible they are -- that's not our bag and it shouldn't be. However! It's clear that these people and these groups are becoming more prominent and more powerful every day, and that they are inspiring their followers to do some pretty messed up shit. So we have an obligation to work twice as hard to diminish their influence, and to use our voices as much as possible to yell at law enforcement to do more to monitor extremists who are likely to turn violent or who are openly talking about turning violent online.

Oh, and it would also be pretty swell if GOP officials could, you know, not appoint them to the party as "associate delegates." At the very least.

[ABC News]

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.

Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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