Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.
For extremists and MAGA internet trolls, ending birthright citizenship as enshrined in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution is aÂ campaign promiseÂ that President Donald Trump must deliver. After TrumpÂ toldÂ Axios that heâs considering using an executive order to eliminate the right to citizenship for those born to noncitizen parents on U.S. soil, white supremacists and pro-Trump trolls celebrated online, while some acknowledged that the timing of the announcement — one week before midterms — and the fact that any executive order on the issue would undoubtedly go to the courts likely made it an electoral strategy rather than a policy goal.
Host for the white supremacist podcastÂ Fash the Nation, known online as Jazzhands McFeels:
Scott Presler, staffer for theÂ anti-Muslim groupÂ Act For America and pro-Trump activist:
âPizzagateâ conspiracy theoristÂ Jack Posobiec:
Other Trump sycophants on right-wing media also went on Twitter to defend the presidentâs attack on the 14th Amendment, with some referring to the children of noncitizens born in the U.S. with a demeaning slur:
The white nationalist publication VDare called Trumpâs statement a âbig momentâ for the outlet, consistent with theÂ groupâs first attack in 2001Â on American babies born toÂ immigrant parents in U.S. territory:
Neo-Nazi publication The Daily StormerÂ calledÂ Trumpâs statement to Axios âan October Surprise DOUBLE SIZE for yâall Jewsâ while celebrating that Trump had suggested to Foxâs Laura Ingraham that the U.S. build tent cities for migrants seeking asylum: âTrump announced O P E N A I R C O N C E N T R A T I O N C A M P S for the wetback human garbage invading OUR COUNTRY!â
On a discussion thread in Stormfront, a message board for white supremacists, users characterized âstopping birthrightâ as essential and speculated that Trump had waited until there isÂ a âconservative majority in the supreme courtâ to go after the 14th Amendment:
Similarly, a user on the anonymous message board 4chan praised Trumpâs timing, alluding to âthe supreme court which Trump just securedâ and saying that the caravan of migrants seeking asylum made for âthe perfect time for the opticsâ:
On the anonymous forum 8chan, a thread praising âGod Emporer (sic)â Trump celebrated the news, claiming â/pol/â (the âpolitically incorrectâ board on chan) âwas always rightâ in supporting him. The poster also mentioned Trumpâs assertion that âit doesnât take an act of Congressâ to end birthright citizenship, writing, âsee midterms for reversal of this if we lose,â a reminder ofÂ the overwhelming supportÂ for theÂ Republican Party among anonymous online extremists.
Talia Lavin contributed research to this piece.
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