Jewish Star on The ‘Alt-Right’

Forward Magazine - - Contents - By Ari Feld­man

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.

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