Jewish Star on The ‘Alt-Right’
Just as Brutus and his Roman collaborators brandished knives and went in for the kill, one audience member decided to intervene.
Laura Loomer gained fame, or infamy, earlier this year when she stormed the stage of Shakespeare in the Park’s performance of “Julius Caesar.” “Stop the normalization of political violence against the right!” she yelled. For a brief second, all was quiet. The would-be assassins, wearing costumes of Beltwaygray suits, were only a few lines away from killing the title character, costumed to evoke President Trump. Then a voice saying “Security, please” came on the loudspeaker; the crowd began to boo, and guards escorted Loomer outside the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Loomer live-streamed the entire protest.
Loomer’s performance was another notch on the belt in a budding career of far-right provocation. It earned her a spot on Hannity, instant “alt-right” cachet online and the admiration of her arresting officers. (She was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct.)
“Most people don’t really have the balls to get onstage and protest,” said Loomer, who is 24. “But the fact that I’m a conservative, and I’m a woman, and I’m nonviolent, and I’m just a New York resident, it makes a statement.”
Loomer is one of the few women — and one of only a handful of Jews — in the far right’s cast of characters. She is styling herself as a media voice that trumpets Jewish causes in one breath and decries “Muslim refugee predators” in the next. Just don’t slot her into the “alt-right,” the catchall term for far-right Trump supporters steeped in internet culture. She’s part of a Twitter-savvy crew of Trump fans that are trying to use the tactics of the “alt-right” — memes, social media targeting and aggressive misinformation — to purge the far
JUST DON’T SAY SHE’S ALT- RIGHT: Laura Loomer has earned a reputation as a right-wing provocateur.