Leaked chats show white nationalist group's plot to infiltrate Turning Point USA - 2019-03-11

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F0.png Leaked chats show white nationalist group's plot to infiltrate Turning Point USA March 11, 2019, Tess Owen, Vice News

When media nonprofit Unicorn Riot obtained and leaked Identity Evropa's internal chats last week, it revealed the group's long-term strategy to distance itself from the ugliness of the violent "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and gain a foothold in more mainstream, student GOP organizations.

Identity Evropa helped plan the white nationalist rally in August 2017, which left one person dead. But the leaked chats — from Discord, a platform popular among gamers, and Slack, a chat application often used for office communications — confirm that the group wants nothing to do with the swastikas and Confederate flags associated with old-school white power movements. Instead, they've embraced a preppy, patriotic aesthetic and rely on Greco-Roman imagery to evoke European ancestry to make their brand seem more benign and attract conservative college-aged men.

In particular, many members viewed Turning Point USA, a MAGA-friendly student organization with more than 1,000 chapters at high schools and colleges nationwide, as fertile grounds for recruitment. A recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that the number of hate groups in America hit a record high last year, driven largely by a surge in groups catering to young, college-aged white men.

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{{cite news | first = Tess | last = Owen | title = Leaked chats show white nationalist group's plot to infiltrate Turning Point USA | url = https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/8xybkv/leaked-chats-show-white-nationalist-groups-plot-to-infiltrate-turning-point-usa | work = Vice News | date = March 11, 2019 | accessdate = May 24, 2019 }}