The “alt-right” has descended into civil war, and no one’s taking any prisoners.
The brawl erupted after Mike Cernovich, an organizer of the pro-Donald Trump DeploraBall, banned Baked Alaska, a prominent member of the alt-right, from attending the pre-inauguration party.
An hour later, Cernovich tweeted that Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos — who had been banned from the party by Baked Alaska — would be attending. Baked Alaska was previously the manager of Milo’s college-speaking tour but was fired for an undisclosed reason, says Cernovich.
Baked Alaska, whose real name is Tim Treadstone (a.k.a. – Anthime Gionet), lashed out at Cernovich on Twitter, claiming he was banned from the DeploraBall because he had made comments about Jews owning the media. Cernovich and Milo are both Jewish.
New York magazine writer Jesse Singal inadvertently touched off the civil war by pointing out that Baked Alaska had a history of offensive tweets about the “JQ,” or “Jewish Question.” The JQ is a theory that Jews are secretly trying to control the world by controlling the media, banks and governments.
Shortly after Singal’s tweet, Baked Alaska’s name was removed from the event description. Later, it was announced that Milo Yiannopoulos would be attending.
Baked Alaska then blasted Cernovich in a scorched-earth Periscope video, saying Cerno was an “alt-light” fraud who merely used the alt-right movement to shill his self-help book and boost page views for his blog.
Before banning him from the DeploraBall, Baked Alaska said Cernovich had warned him to not “f*ck up” anymore, meaning not to make any more anti-Semitic comments, do Nazi salutes, or say anything publicly that the media can use to paint them as racist neo-Nazis.
At that point, all hell broke loose, as people started taking sides in the feud. Baked Alaska and his supporters slammed Mike Cernovich as an opportunistic phony who was pandering to the liberal media to sell books.
Baked Alaska then shared past tweets that he claims prove Cernovich is a hypocrite who changes positions to make himself more palatable to the mainstream media in order to line his pockets.
While Cernovich insists he is not alt-right, a Baked Alaska supporter posted an archived tweet where Cerno declared he was alt-right.
In a blog post, Cernovich explained that Tim Treadstone/Baked Alaska was an employee whom he paid $5,000 a month to promote his documentary on censorship and his book on Trump.
Cernovich said he has no problem with people airing politically incorrect or offensive views, but when you work for someone, you should behave responsibly and not jeopardize their brand with stupid stunts.
Cernovich then said that he banned Baked Alaska from the DeploraBall because he continued to tweet about Jews after agreeing to stop.
Baked Alaska said Cerno is a hypocrite who’s censoring him from discussing the “Jewish Question” while promoting a documentary (entitled “Silenced”) where he opposes censorship and political correctness.
While the in-fighting among the alt-right may seem petty, it spotlights the growing chasm between hardliners like Baked Alaska and white nationalist Richard Spencer and the more “centrist” faction like Cernovich’s, which overtly disavows racism and anti-Semitism.
The alt-right has enthusiastically embraced Donald Trump, but the incoming president has repeatedly disavowed the alt right, white supremacy, and racism of any kind.
“It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why,” Trump said.
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